Dr Sarah De Baets from the Cranfield Soil and Agrifood Institute based at Cranfield University joins us for the last Friday research seminar of this academic term.
Sarah is a physical geographer (M.Sc) and who obtained a PhD degree at the University of Leuven (Belgium). Her research projects have focussed on the effects of plant roots on the resistance of soils to concentrated flow erosion and the selection of suitable species for erosion control (PhD), on the vulnerability and recovery of soils following disturbances (post docs) and on the fundamentals of root-soil cohesion (latest Leverhulme project with University of Bristol).
She studies interactions between vegetation (with special focus on plant roots!) and related soil quality properties (e.g. soil cohesion, soil fertility) in relation to soil degradation processes and disturbances (e.g. erosion, fire).
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