Brief History

In 2005 I carried out work experience at Silsoe Research Institute and here my interest in the environment was strengthened and my desire to study in this area confirmed. I studied BSc Environmental Science at the University of Reading, graduating to 2011. Whilst studying at Reading I have had the opportunity to study a range of subjects, choosing to study modules across a range of departments within the university, including environmental science, soil science, geography, geology, agriculture, ecology and archaeology. However after my first year I chose to direct my degree towards soil science, as I realised that this area was of most interest to me.

I am currently undertaking an ESF funded PhD entitled 'The perfect soil: an investigation of the chemical characteristics needed for healthy, artificial soils at the Eden Project, Cornwall' under the supervision of Dr Mark Fitzsimons, Dr Alan Tappin, Dr Tim Pettitt (Eden Project) and Dr Gavyn Rollinson (Cambourne School of Mines, Exeter University). The aim of this project is to develop a fertile, artificial soil with a large reservoir of slow-release nitrogen that meets the nutrient requirements of the soil.



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