I am currently Professor (2012-) in Soil Physics at the University of Nottingham having previously been Reader (2010-2012), Associate Professor (2006-2010) and Lecturer (2000-2006). My research is focused on utilizing information on the structural geometry of porous media to understand and predict its behaviour and subsequent function. Given this rather general theme my interests have considerable overlap across many disciplines and as such I work with many varied groups of researchers from engineers to mathematicians to geographers to biologists. One of my current interests is utilizing imaging techniques such as X-ray Computed Tomography, and we have recently won funds to establish a new facility (The Hounsfield Facility) that houses three CT scanners capable of visualising materials from the nano scale to the metre scale. For further details on this and current research projects please visit http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/microct
I currently teach on several modules related to soil science, image processing and project management. These include:
Soil and Water Science
Environmental Science Fieldcourse
Research Methods B
MSci Research Project
My research is currently focused on exploring plant-soil interactions of which X-ray Computed Tomography is employed in most studies. My group has several funded and recent projects in this area… read more
YORK, L. M., CARMINATI, A., MOONEY, S. J., RITZ, K. and BENNETT, M. J., 2016. The holistic rhizosphere: integrating zones, processes, and semantics in the soil influenced by roots Journal of Experimental Botany. 67, 3629-3643 MANGALASSERY, S., MOONEY, S. J., SPARKES, D. L., FRASER, W. T. and SJOEGERSTEN, S., 2015. Impacts of zero tillage on soil enzyme activities, microbial characteristics and organic matter functional chemistry in temperate soils EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SOIL BIOLOGY. 68, 9-17 MAIRHOFER S, STURROCK C, BENNETT MJ, MOONEY SJ and PRIDMORE T, 2015. Extracting Multiple Interacting Root Systems using x-ray Micro Computed Tomography The Plant Journal. 84(5), 1034-43
DALY, KEITH R., MOONEY, SACHA J., BENNETT, MALCOLM J., CROUT, NEIL M. J., ROOSE, TIINA and TRACY, SAOIRSE R., 2015. Assessing the influence of the rhizosphere on soil hydraulic properties using X-ray computed tomography and numerical modelling JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL BOTANY. 66(8), 2305-2314
My research is currently focused on exploring plant-soil interactions of which X-ray Computed Tomography is employed in most studies. My group has several funded and recent projects in this area including:
BBSRC/Newton Fund: NUCLEUS: a virtual joint centre to deliver enhanced Nitrogen Use effiCiency via an integrated SoiL-plant systEms approach for the Uk & BraSil (see http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/nucleus/index.aspx)(PI Mooney)
BBSRC/Newton Fund: A 3D Model of Photosynthesis to Inform Breeding for Improved Rice Performance in a Changing Climate (PI Andy Fleming University of Sheffield)
BBSRC Responsive Mode Grant: Plant-based controls on soil structural dynamics: elucidating the interactive roles of the genotype, phenotype and soil microbial community (PI Karl Ritz) with BGS
BBSRC Responsive Mode Grant: REDUCING SODIUM IN THE UK DIET THROUGH FOOD PROCESSING AND INGREDIENT DESIGN (PI Ian Fisk)
BBSRC Responsive Mode Grant (under the soil-water highlight): Truly Predicting Water Uptake in Wheat (with Tiina Roose at University of Southampton). 2012-2015.
BBSRC Responsive Mode Grant (under the photosynthesis highlight): Optimising Photosynthetic Efficiency via Leaf Structure (with Andy Fleming at University of Sheffield). 2012-2015.
BBSRC Responsive Mode: Soil Surface Matters (with Karl Ritz, Cranfield University & Stefan Doerr, Swansea University)
BBSRC International Partnering Award: Brazil: sustainable soil management for improved food security and bioenergy delivery. 2012-2015.
ERC FutureRoots (PI Malcolm Bennett) c. £4M. 2012-2017.
European Plant Phenotyping Network (EPPN): Nottingham one of 14 European Partners. 2012-2017.
Enhancing resource Uptake from Roots under stress in cereal crops (EUROOT): Nottingham one of 20 European Partners. 2012-2017.
My group also has several industrial and commercial projects some of which can be found here: www.nottingham.ac.uk/microCT
In addition, I am also involved in 15 PhD research programmes, further details are available here