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Craig Sturrock

Senior Research Fellow in X-ray Computed Tomography, Faculty of Science

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I am a co-director of the Hounsfield Facility for Rhizosphere Research at University of Nottingham with over 10 years' experience in the use of X-ray computed tomography (CT) for quantifying a range of complex biomaterials including plant material (roots and leaves). My current research focuses on developing methodologies to enable high resolution quantification of the plant-soil-microbe ecosystem ranging from micro-scale changes in soil structure to the quantification of plant root system architecture. A major part of my work is the use of novel image analysis techniques to characterise heterogeneous materials. These techniques have been applied to collaborative projects with materials science (Hall et al. 2013), engineering, veterinary medicine and food science (Yang et al. 2012) leading to the publication of over 20 papers in 4 years. He completed his PhD at the University of Abertay Dundee in 2002 in microbial ecology where he subsequently worked as a DEFRA funded postdoctoral researcher investigating the effects of crop rotation on soil structural resilience using biophysical fingerprinting techniques (Bhogal et al. 2011). He subsequently spent 18 months in Ireland developing and managing a X-ray CT laboratory for applied material science applications.

My research expertise covers soil microbial ecology and biophysics, X-ray Computed Tomography and image analysis techniques.

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I am a co-director of the Hounsfield Facility for Rhizosphere Research at University of Nottingham with over 10 years' experience in the use of X-ray computed tomography (CT) for quantifying a range… read more

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I am a co-director of the Hounsfield Facility for Rhizosphere Research at University of Nottingham with over 10 years' experience in the use of X-ray computed tomography (CT) for quantifying a range of complex biomaterials including plant material (roots and leaves). My current research focuses on developing methodologies to enable high resolution quantification of the plant-soil-microbe ecosystem ranging from micro-scale changes in soil structure to the quantification of plant root system architecture. A major part of my work is the use of novel image analysis techniques to characterise heterogeneous materials. These techniques have been applied to collaborative projects with materials science (Hall et al. 2013), engineering, veterinary medicine and food science (Yang et al. 2012) leading to the publication of over 20 papers in 4 years. He completed his PhD at the University of Abertay Dundee in 2002 in microbial ecology where he subsequently worked as a DEFRA funded postdoctoral researcher investigating the effects of crop rotation on soil structural resilience using biophysical fingerprinting techniques (Bhogal et al. 2011). He subsequently spent 18 months in Ireland developing and managing a X-ray CT laboratory for applied material science applications.

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