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Neil Crout

Professor in Environmental Modelling, Faculty of Science

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Biography

Neil trained as a physicist (Universities of Exeter and Birmingham) but thanks to an accident of history ended up working in the environmental/agricultural science area at the University of Nottingham (literally an accident of history, namely the Chernobyl nuclear accident which led to funding for environmental radioactivity research). He has been involved in model work related to the fate of trace elements in the environment (especially radionuclides) as well as models of crop growth in response to environmental conditions. In recent years he has been interested in ways to measure how the representation of processes in models influences predictions.

Teaching Summary

Neil's teaching work ranges from chit-chat on the role of science through to sums:

  • The role of science in society, including understanding the limitations of the scientific approach
  • The use of statistical analysis
  • The development of mathematical models of environmental and biological systems

Research Summary

Neil's work is in the development and application of simulation models of environmental and agricultural systems. His work is highly collaborative with a close integration between modelling and… read more

Selected Publications

Neil is currently Head of the School of Biosciences

He is a member of the NERC peer review college and serves on BBSRC research grant panels.

Current Research

Neil's work is in the development and application of simulation models of environmental and agricultural systems. His work is highly collaborative with a close integration between modelling and experimental/observational work. Neil is also particularly interested in the predictive performance of environmental models, especially in relation to their complexity and the development of methods to create 'parsimonious' models.

Major areas of work include:

  • predicting the food chain transfer of radioactive contamination
  • predicting the bioavailability and plant uptake of trace elements
  • modelling the growth of crops in response to their environment.
  • development of methods for the creation of reliable models

For more information see: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/environmental-modelling

Past Research

Neil is feeling increasingly ancient and has lots of past research to prove it. For further information see

www.nottingham.ac.uk/environmental-modelling

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University of Nottingham
Sutton Bonington Campus
Nr Loughborough
LE12 5RD, UK

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