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Lecturer in Environmental Science, Keele University

After graduating with an MSci. in Geology from Birmingham University, I worked in the oil and gas industry as a formation damage geologist for 6 months. I then had a complete career change and moved to South Korea to work as an English teacher. After 2 years as a senior teacher, I returned to the UK (2008) to pursue a career in academia by studying for a Ph.D in soil biogeochemistry at Bangor University, looking at drivers controlling soil respiration in temperate grasslands and high Arctic tundra in Svalbard. I was awarded the Drapers’ Company Bronze medal (2013) in recognition of outstanding academic achievements and for providing pastoral support to my peers.

Since completing my PhD, I have worked as a biogeochemist on 2 large NERC-funded consortium projects (2013-2017), both at Bangor university. My research explored critical thresholds controlling microbial pathways in terrestrial and aquatic environments (North Wales and SW England) to understand their role in larger scale, global nutrient (C, N and P) cycling processes (for further project information follow the links and

I then joined the Geography, Geology and the Environment group at Keele university as a Lecturer in Physical Geography in 2017 where I am keen to develop new and exciting research ideas and continue to widen my research collaborations.

Research interests:

Nutrient cycling in temperate and Arctic soils

Climate change and its effect on soil nutrient cycling

Biogeochemistry in terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems

Soil-microbe interactions

Dissolved organic matter processing microbial communities

Modelling soil microbial nutrient cycles


  • –present
    Lecturer in Physical Geography, Keele University