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75th Anniversary Research Fellow, Soil and Agrifood Institute, Cranfield University

Dan’s passion for soils research germinated in 2012 when he studied mobile debris lobes in Alaska during a Royal Geographical Society Scholarship. Following his return, he obtained a first class degree in Physical Geography at the Royal Holloway, with prize-winning research on root architecture and soil erodibility. During his PhD at Lancaster University, he conducted the first isotopic measurements of UK arable soil formation, and produced the first globally-relevant estimates of soil lifespans. His postdoctoral work on the Global Food Security programme's Rurban Revolution project investigated urban ecosystem services. Dan is Early Career Researcher (ECR) co-representative for the EGU’s Soils division, and National ECR Officer for the British Society of Soil Science. In 2019, he co-hosted HRH The Duke of Gloucester at the BSSS ECR conference. Dan’s also passionate about science communication. He was the inaugural speaker at the first Royal Holloway TEDx conference, and recently curated a sustainable urban soils exhibition at the UEA. His research has featured in The Conversation, on BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today, and Farmer’s Weekly. Following his PhD, Dan became the Legacy Fellow for the NERC and BBSRC-funded 'Soils Training and Research Studentship' (STARS) Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT).


  • –present
    PhD Researcher in Environmental Science, Lancaster University