Coming from a farming background, I graduated with BSc in Agricultural Botany at the University of Reading (1981), followed by a PhD in grassland ecology at University of Bristol, then led research programmes in government institutes in Aberdeen and Dundee.
From 2002-14, I held a Personal Chair in Soil Biology at Cranfield University. Currently Professor of Soil Biology at the University of Nottingham. I have published over 150 peer-reviewed papers, dozens of book chapters and hundreds of conference presentations.
I am currently Editor-in-Chief of the high-ranking journal, Soil Biology Biochemistry. A passionate fundamental researcher, I am convinced that soil is the most remarkable, complex and fascinating material on the planet… as well as the primary business asset for all field-based growers. I greatly enjoy revealing new views of the underworld to practitioners and the public.