Today my PhD student Ying defended her PhD on diester DNA organic phosphorus transfer through the soil-water continuum. Her examiners were Dr Marc Stutter (James Hutton Institute) and Prof Hao Zhang (Lancaster University). Ying is pictured here with me and her co supervisor Dr Ben Surridge.
To help the celebration of International Year of Soil, here I am inside an oxisol!
I have just returned from an enthrawling week visiting Barro Colarado Island, a research Island in the Panama Canal, operated by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institure. We visited aspart of a BBSRC Partnering Award to develop links between ourselves and the research group of Dr Ben Turner on new techniques on phosphorus research. Colleagues from Rothamsted Research, where I used to work, as well as others from ETH Zurich and Costa Rica, were also partners on the research visit.