Professor Jo Smith

Professor Jo Smith

Personal Chair

Professor Jo Smith
Professor Jo Smith

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen Room G45
23 St Machar Drive


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 to Professor University of Aberdeen 2001 - present Systems modelling; soil organic matter and nutrient dynamics
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

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

Current Research

Systems modelling: Impact of use of organic wastes on resource flows in farming households (carbon, nitrogen, water, energy, labour, finances)

Modelling soil organic matter and nutrient dynamics in:

  • Highly organic soils (Scotland, Africa and South Asia)
  • Tropical and nutrient depleted soils (Sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia)
  • High nutrient input soils (China and India)

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Coordinator of BI4017 / BI4517 (Honours Essay)
  • Lecturer on BI25P4 - People plants and environment
  • Lecturer on BI1511 - Ecology and Environmental Science
  • Contributes to BI4016 (Honours projects)
  • Contributes to Masters Project Course
  • Marker on EV4802 (Environmental Risk Assessment
  • Marker on BI1009 (Written summaries)
Further Info

External Responsibilities

  • Associate Editor - Journal Environmental Quality