• West Mains Road, Kings Buildings, Peter Wilson Building

    EH9 3JG Edinburgh

    United Kingdom

1996 …2022

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Research interests

My research interests focus on the synthesis and analysis of data and information from cropping and livestock systems. Key interests include:

  • impact of agricultural systems impact on the environment 
  • the role of legumes on the sustainability of cropping systems
  • rotation management on the sustainability of the system
  • nutrient flows/budgets in agricultural systems
  • GHG emissions from farming systems
  • impact of disease on crop production
  • impact of climate on agricultural systems


2018 - current Developing a “toolkit" of statistical approaches for cropping systems research 

2017 - current Advantages of using detailed data to quantify socio-environmental aspects of agricultural systems

2017-2020 Modelling climate change impacts on European grassland-based livestock systems 

2016-2020 Towards supporting cohesive decision making across water, energy and food through understanding challenges in Malawi

2014-2018 Developing an environmental calculator for application in the beef industry

2014-2020 The opportunities to understand and improve nutrient assessment within a Scottish Nitrate Vulnerable Zone

2014-2018 Simulating soil N2O emissions from the arable soils of Scotland

2013-2017 Potential for Integrated Pest Management to reduce the need for fungicide use




Co-ordinator for MSc Sustainability of Food Production module.



2021-2025 H2020 Multi-actor and transdisciplinary development of efficient and resilient mixed farming and agroforestry system

2021 Defra  Scoping Study on the Opportunities and Barriers of Improved Forages for Livestock Sustainability and Productivity

2018-2022 H2020 Legumes Translated

2019-2022 ERA-NET Increasing productivity and sustainability of European plant protein production by closing the grain legume yield gap

Previous (selected):

2017-2021 H2020 Redesigning European cropping systems based on species MIXtures (ReMix)

2017-2021 ERA-NET Improved estimation and mitigation of nitrous oxide emissions and soil carbon storage from crop residues (ResidueGas)

2018-2020 NERC SARIC SARIC Translation: Grassland Management

2016-2019 BBSRC Newton Fund N-CIRCLE: Virtual Joint centre for Closed-Loop Cycling of Nitrogen in Chinese Agriculture


Other work

Association of Applied Biologists - Council member

Stapeldon Trust - Committe member

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor, University of Aberdeen

Oct 1983Jun 1987

Award Date: 1 Jul 2008

PhD, University of Glasgow

Oct 1992May 1999

Award Date: 1 Jul 1999

Master, University of York

Oct 1987Oct 1988

Award Date: 1 May 1989


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