Wednesday, 19 December 2012
Wednesday, 5 December 2012
Friday, 19 October 2012
Thursday, 11 October 2012
Congratulations to Kirsty Ross and Micheal Knott pictured here either side of me, receiving their prizes from the British Society of Soil Science (BSSS) for the best undergraduate Soil Science Performances at the Environment Centre, Lancaster University. Thee photo was taken at the National Space Centre, at the dinner of the BSSS annual meeting. Thanks to Karl Ritz for taking and supplying the photo.
Wednesday, 27 June 2012
Monday, 28 May 2012
Just back from a terrific launch of the North Wyke farm platform. The approach taken in Devon is to instrument the entire grassland farm in 3 contrasting long term experimental systems - the ultimate systems biology of the landscape. Really impressed with the way the have done this - akin to the approach adopted in the UK DTC projects and complimentary to the EVO pilot framework. Well done North Wyke - live long and prosper (and jolly good cake art too!). If you click on the picture you will get a link to more pictures taken on the day.
Wednesday, 16 May 2012
Monday, 14 May 2012
, a photo by Soil & Water Science on Flickr.
Today I have been with colleagues from the Defra DTC programme at Lancaster University exploring opportunities for knowledge exchange for catchment science. We identified that the immediate need was to produce a policy guidance note for helping Defra communicate issues of diffuse pollution to wider stakeholders. A longer term opportunity, needing more funding, is to make a short film to help communicate the issues. More on that later......
Friday, 11 May 2012
I have just spent the day with colleagues from Lancaster University, Liverpool University, POL and CEH in a workshop thinking about new opportunities in water science. What was so exciting was that this particular grouping seemed to have the whole water cycle covered - from the soil pore through to the deep ocean (the only glaring 'hole' we identified was a lack of expertise on estuaries). I cannot remember a grouping of people that has ever had so much potential. We need to find a way to turn it into something.....
Tuesday, 1 May 2012
Friday, 27 April 2012
My team and I are just back from an informative few days presenting and discussing at the European Geosciences Uniion meeting in Vienna. We mostly took part in a session that explored the challenges and solutions to catchment science problems, working across the boundaries of biophysical science and softer stakeholder interactions. It is my firm believe that the real solutions to diffuse pollution will ultimately be delivered through catchment stakeholders, but I was intrigued as to why so much of this high profile meeting (our session excepted) placed so much emphasis on finessing minute details of biophysical science or model building. Of course I too am a scientist, but it is increasingly obvious that my science will have little impact unless i work with those who know and manage the catchments. Step by step.....
Friday, 13 April 2012
Yesterday I was interviewed at rather short notice via an ISDN line at Lancaster University by Caz Graham at the Farming today team. The subject was farm pollution following the dry weather; it went reasonably well (you can go to the Radio 4 web and listen yourself http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01dghb3#synopsis) but I was a little perturbed by Caz's edit about 'the sea'. Most of the effects that I was referring to were actually associated with fresh and possibly estuarine waters, they are not commonly sea issues. Nonetheless, good to get the message out there...