Soil is a living system. To study the biology of the soil system, its function, processes, composition and diversity requires a sound understanding of the physicochemical attributes that underpin the processes. That is what we do in this group: we study soils from different perspectives and from different countries but we underpin our research with sound chemical and physical measurements. It is more relevant than ever to study soils as 2015 is "The International Year of the Soil".
The current research group has several strands. Mostly the focus is on process level soil microbiology as a response to perturbations- mainly pollution. Biosensors are widely used to quantify and better understand these impacts and to relate to the aspects of bioavailability. To an extent these enable sustainable solutions to be developed and bespoke risk assessment to be measured.