Soil Security Fellows

NERC Soil Security Fellows

Nicholle Bell

Environmental chemist

Nicholle Bell is an environmental chemist interested in the molecular make up of humic substances, in particular those found in peatlands.  Her previous research has focused on developing methodologies to study these complex mixtures.  She has expertise in a range of analytical techniques including high resolution analytical techniques such as Nuclear Magnetic Spectroscopy, Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Mass Spectrometry, complex mixture structural characterisation, molecular tagging and nD NMR pulse sequence design.

Alice Johnston

Theoretical Ecologist

Alice Johnston is a theoretical ecologist interested in the relationship between soil organisms, land management practice and ecosystem function in agricultural systems.  Her previous research has focused on combining novel energy budget and individual-based simulation models to investigate how animal populations respond to spatially explicit land management scenarios.  She has expertise in a range of individual and population-level modelling and statistical techniques including energy budget and agent based modelling, and Approximate Bayesian Computation. Specific applications of her models have been to chemical risk assessment.

Jackie Stroud

Soil Scientist

Jackie Stroud is a soil scientist interested in the in the role of soil tillage to agricultural productivity.  Her previous research has focused on nutrient and contaminant bioavailability in crop systems and she is currently studying the relationship between soil organisms, crop yields and quality.  She has expertise in a range of sampling and analytical techniques including earthworm analysis, plant and soil chemical assessments, trace metalloid speciation and statistical analysis (GenStat).

Rob Mills


Rob Mills is an experienced biogeochemist whose research focuses on alpine ecosystems and winter conditions.  His previous research made use of isotope ecology, specifically with the use of radiocarbon methods for decade to millennia turnover of soil organic matter.  He has expertise in a wide range of analytical skills including microbial functional analysis (enzymology, substrate use), gas exchange of greenhouse gases, isotope ratio mass spectrometry, gas chromatography, infra-red gas analysis and substrate-induced respiration using stable isotopes.

NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellows

David A. Robinson

Senior Soil Scientist

David A. Robinson, is a senior soil scientist and NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow for soils. His research focus is on ecosystem services and soil physical function, soil moisture, hydraulic properties, and soil water repellency. He is a Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America and the British Society of Soil Science. In 2015 he served as a co-lead author for the UN Intergovernmental Tech Panel on Soils, World Soil Resources Report. He currently leads the national agri-environment soil monitoring in Wales for the Glastir Monitoring and Evaluation Program.

Diana Feliciano


Diana Feliciano is an interdisciplinary researcher interested in the relationship between land use and climate change mitigation and adaptation. She investigates the importance of socio-economics and policy in the implementation of sustainable agricultural practices. She uses a wide variety of research methods and disciplines from natural to social sciences, and a range of techniques, privileging stakeholder engagement. She is currently a NERC knowledge exchange fellow, she works with the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Programme of the CGIAR and with the CGIAR Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC). She is also part of a group of experts who analyses forest ownership changes across UNECE countries. She teaches and supervises students on topics related to climate change, land use and economics of the natural resources.

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