Professor Jo Smith

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Professor Jo Smith

Contact Details

Telephone: +44 (0)1224 272702
Fax: 01224 272703
Email: jo.smith@abdn.ac.uk
Address: Room G45
23 St Machar Drive
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Biography

Educational Background and Qualifications

InstitutionPeriod AttendedQualificationYear Obtained
University College London 1983 - 1986 BSc (Hons) Chemistry 1986
University of Reading 1987 - 1991 PhD, Acidic dissolution of clay minerals 1991

Employment History

Post/GradeEmployerPeriod of EmploymentMain Duties
Senior Lecturer University of Aberdeen 2001 - present Plant and Soil Modelling
Band 5 - Senior Research Scientist IACR Rothamsted 1998 - 2000 Simulation of soil organic matter and nitrogen dynamics
Band 6 - Postdoctoral research scientist IACR Rothamsted 1991 - 1997 Simulation of soil organic matter and nitrogen dynamics
Research Scientist British Petroleum 1990 - 1991 Computer simulation of zeolite materials
Research Assistant University of Birmingham 1986 - 1987 Extraction and Characterisation of Humic Substances from Ancient Graves at Sutton Hoo

Research Interests

  • Soil organic matter and nutrient modelling
  • Decision support
  • Nitrogen fertiliser recommendation
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Greenhouse gas emissions

Current Research

Modelling soil organic matter and nutrient dynamics in:

  • Highly organic soils (Scotland)
  • Tropical and nutrient depleted soils (Sub-Saharan Africa)
  • High nutrient input soils (China)

Research Grants

TitleFunding bodyDatesRolePartnersTotal value (£)Partner share (£)
Modelling soil sustainability in the arable ecosystems of Central Russia Royal Society 01/04/00 - 31/03/02 CI VIUA, Moscow 6,000 4,000
LANAS NERC 01/04/00 - 31/03/03 CI CEH, IGER, ADAS, Reading Uni. 60,000 60,000
UK Emissions by Sources and Removals by sinks due to land-use, Land-use change and forestry NERC-CEH 01/05/00 - 30/04/03 CI CEH, Edinburgh 42,500 42,500
Advanced Terrestrial Ecosystem Analysis and Modelling (ATEAM) EU 01/04/01 - 31/03/04 Partner PIK, Potsdam & 12 others 1,656,000 77,000
Sources and sinks of greenhouse gases from managed European grasslands and mitigation scenarios EU 01/10/02 - 31/12/05 Partner INRA, Clermont Ferrand & 16 others 2,119,900 70,500
Modelling impacts of land management on global warming potential in UK BBSRC 01/04/02 - 31/03/05 CI Uni. Edinburgh, Rothamsted Res. 329,000 1,500
Modelling agricultural soil carbon in the European part of the Former USSR INTAS 01/05/02 - 31/04/04 CI UFZ, VIUA & 4 others 94,000 9,500
Contribution to Climate change of Fertilizer Use in Scotland SEERAD 01/05/03 - 31/12/03 PI University of Edinburgh 30,000 14,961
UK Emissions by Sources and Removals by sinks due to land-use, Land-use change and forestry NERC-CEH/DEFRA 01/05/03 - 30/04/06 CI CEH, Edinburgh 55,000 55,000
A research project to develop a model to simulate carbon and nitrogen dynamics in organic soils and predict the response of these soils to land-use and climate change SEERAD 01/12/03 - 30/11/06 Co-PI MLURI, CEH, NSRI, Rothamsted Res. 499,870 170,002
Africa-Nuances EU-INCO-DC 01/09/04 - 30/08/07 Partner Wageningen Uni. & others 591,697 63,390
Coupling soil C & N models to GCMs Hadley Centre/Defra 01/09/04 - 31/08/06 CI Hadley Centre / Rothamsted Res. 100,000 50,000
SEAMLESS-IP EU 01/09/04 - 30/08/07 Partner Wageningen Uni. 3,600,000 45,000
        TOTAL 9,183,967 663,353

Teaching Responsibilities

  • BI3007: Experimental design and data analysis
  • BI15P1 / SS2002: Soil chemistry and crop nutrition
  • BI4803: Ecological and environmental modelling

External Responsibilities

  • Associate Editor - Journal Environmental Quality

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