Dr Lisa Cole

Dr Lisa Cole
Dr Lisa Cole
Dr Lisa Cole

Research Fellow (Daphne Jackson Fellowship)

Email Address
Office Address

Room G23, Cruickshank Building

School of Biological Sciences

University of Aberdeen


AB24 3UU

School of Biological Sciences


From 2021: Daphne Jackson Trust Research Fellow, University of Aberdeen, UK.

2004-2007: Soil Community Ecologist, NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Banchory, Aberdeenshire, UK.

2002-2004: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of York, UK.

1999-2002: Postdoctoral Researcher, Lancaster University, UK.

1996-1999: Doctoral Student at University of Manchester, UK and Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, Grange over Sands, UK.

1994-1995: Research Assistant, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

1991 -1994: BSc Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, Honours in Soil Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.


Research Overview

I am a soil ecologist interested in how global change impacts upon soil biodiversity and ecosystem function. My current research examines how land use influences the soil microbiome and the consequences of this for nutrient cycling, in particular the soil carbon response. 

Soil microbes are key in determining the fate of carbon that enters soil, so understanding their physiology is critical for projecting changes in soil carbon and climate change feedbacks. My aim is to understand how management practices can improve soil health to establish a microbial community dominated by physiological traits that increase soil carbon storage.

My research highlights how soil management could help mitigate climate change and promote more sustainable and productive agriculture. 

Research Areas

Biological and Environmental Sciences

Research Specialisms

  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Ecosystem Ecology and Land use
  • Soil Science

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.