Professor Jo Smith

Professor Jo Smith

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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

External Memberships and Affiliations

  • Associate Editor - Journal Environmental Quality

Research Overview

  • 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)


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  • Environmental and financial benefits of improved cookstove technologies in the Central Highlands of Ethiopia

    Negash, D., Abegaz, A., Smith, J.

    Biomass & Bioenergy, vol. 150, 106089

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Seasonal patterns of greenhouse gas emissions from a forest-to-bog restored site in northern Scotland: Influence of microtopography and vegetation on carbon dioxide and methane dynamics

    Mazzola, V., Perks, M., Smith, J., Yeluripati, J., Xenakis, G.

    European Journal of Soil Science, vol. 72, no. 3, pp. 1332-1353

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Soil-derived Nature’s Contributions to People and their contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

    Smith, P., Keesstra, S. D., Silver, W. L., Adhya, T. K., De Deyn, G. B., Carvalheiro, L. G., Giltrap, D., Renforth, P., Cheng, K., Sarkar, B., M. Saco, P., Scow, K., Smith, J., Morel, J., Thiele-Bruhn, S., Lal, R., McElwee, P.

    Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Nitrogen Challenges and Opportunities for Agricultural and Environmental Science in India

    Móring, A., Hooda, S., Raghuram, N., Adhya, T. K., Ahmad, A., Bandyopadhyay, S. K., Barsby, T., Beig, G., Bentley, A. R., Bhatia, A., Dragosits, U., Drewer, J., Foulkes, J., Ghude, S. D., Gupta, R., Jain, N., Kumar, D., Kumar, R. M., Ladha, J. K., Mandal, P. K., Neeraja, C. N., Pandey, R., Pathak, H., Pawar, P., Pellny, T. K., Poole, P., Price, A., Rao, D. L. N., Reay, D. S., Singh, N. K., Sinha, S. K., Srivastava, R. K., Shewry, P., Smith, J., Steadman, C. E., Subrahmanyam, D., Surekha, K., Venkatesh, K., Varinderpal-Singh, , Uwizeye, A., Vieno, M., Sutton, M. A.

    Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, vol. 5, 505347

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Influence of biogas digesters on faecal indicator organisms in digestate and around homesteads In ethiopia

    Nakamya, J., Tumuhairwe, J., Sabiiti, E., Strachan, N., Avery, L., Smith, J.

    Biomass & Bioenergy, vol. 142, 105746

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • A New Approach Using Modeling to Interpret Measured Changes in Soil Organic Carbon in Forests: The Case of a 200 Year Pine Chronosequence on a Podzolic Soil in Scotland

    Razauskaite, R., Vanguelova, E., Cornulier, T., Smith, P., Randle, T., Smith, J. U.

    Frontiers in Environmental Science, vol. 8, 527549

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • A systems model describing the impact of organic resource use on farming households in low to middle income countries

    Smith, J., Nayak, D., Datta, A., Narkhede, W. N., Albanito, F., Balana, B., Bandyopadhyay, S., Black, H., Boke, S., Brand, A., Byg, A., Dinato, M., Habte, M., Hallett, P., Lemma, T., Mekuria, W., Moges, A., Muluneh, A., Novo, P., Rivington, M., Tefera, T., Vanni, M., Yakob, G., Phimister, E.

    Agricultural Systems, vol. 184, 102895

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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