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Research interests

I am a soil scientist and currently involved as a grassland researcher at the SRUC Dairy and Innovation Centre investigating methods to improve grass and forage yields through improved soil health. My current main areas of interest are:

  • Maintaining and improving soil quality
  • Developing management tools to aid improved soil quality
  • Use of precision and novel methods to improve grassland yield through reduction of soil physical damage - Controlled traffic
  • Inclusion of legumes as mixtures and in rotations to enhance soil quality and for a more resilient protein source
  • Greenhouse gas emissions from grassland and forages
  • Use of laser methane detector to monitor emissions from livestock


2016-2021 RESAS Research Programme WP 2.3.4 Controlled traffic farming in grassland

2016-2021 RESAS Research Programme WP 2.3.6 Greenhouse gas emissions from dairy farms

2016-2021 RESAS Research Programme WP 2.3.8 Sustainable agriculture KE events

2017-2022 EU Dairy 4 Future - Propagating innovations for more resilient dairy farming in the Atlantic area

2019-2022 EU Climate Smart Cattle Farming: Development of novel technologies, solutions and systems to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in animal production systems

2019-2021 CREW Pathways of Diffuse Pollution to the Water Environment; state of knowledge and communicating best practice

2017-2021 AHDB Soils Programme Research Partnership: Management for Soil Biology and Health





  • PhD Supervision of investigating soil compaction and nitrification inhibitor on soil microbiology
  • At least one undergraduate honours project annually


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