Ms CATRIONA WILLOUGHBY

Ms CATRIONA WILLOUGHBY
BSc (Hons), MSc

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Overview
Ms CATRIONA WILLOUGHBY
Ms CATRIONA WILLOUGHBY

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen SRUC Ferguson Building, Craibstone Estate
Bucksburn, Aberdeen, AB21 2YA

Biography

I am a 1st year PHD student at the School of Biological Sciences and Scotland's Rural College (SRUC). I have previously worked as a civil servant in the Scottish Government and like to spend as much of my free time as possible in the great outdoors.

My research is concerned with assessing long-term environmental viability of agricultural management strategies across the UK, with a focus on food security and soil health. I also co-run the SRUC Craibstone Journal Club and am always happy to hear from those who would like to join us- just drop me an email.

Education:

BSc (Hons) Environmental Geography, Stirling University (2017)

MSc Soils and Sustainability, Scotland's Rural College and Edinburgh University (2018)

 

Research

Research Overview

My research interests are largely focussed on the sustainable management of agricultural systems, incorporating elements of soil science, food security and environmental data analysis. I have a background in environmental science and geography and a particular interest in human/environment interactions and the long term impact of management decisions on the ability of agricultural land to maintain production levels over the long term.

Current Research

My PhD project is designing crop rotations fit for the future. I am working across various long term trials run by SRUC and NIAB. My current focus is on management options in organic farming- in particular developing a methodology to assess the nutritive value of yearly crop and livestock outputs from a stocked and stockless organic rotation trial, with differing cropping sequences and ley periods. Developing nutrient budgets at a farm scale across the trials will provide a means of investigating the effect of different cropping sequences, fertiliser and manure additions and tillage practices on underlying soils, with a particular emphasis on exploring the potential for nutrient recycling across different farming systems.

 

 

Collaborations

My project is a collaboration between University of Aberdeen, Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) and the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB).