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 projects in this area including:
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/biosciences/microCT
In addition, I am also involved in 10 PhD research programmes, further details are available here
ZAPPALA S, MAIRHOFER S, TRACY SR, STURROCK CJ, BENNETT MJ, PRIDMORE T and MOONEY SJ, 2013. Quantifying the effect of soil moisture content on segmenting root system architecture in X-ray Computed Tomography images Plant & Soil. (In Press.)
PAJOR R, FLEMING A, OSBOURNE C, ROLFE S, STURROCK CJ and MOONEY SJ, 2013. Seeing Space: Visualisation and Quantification of Plant Leaf Structure Using X-ray Micro Computed Tomography. Journal of Experimental Botany. (In Press.)
HELLIWELL J, STURROCK CJ, GRAYLING K, TRACY SR, FLAVEL RJ, YOUNG IM, WHALLEY R and MOONEY SJ, 2013. Applications of X-Ray Computed Tomography for examining the Soil Physical Environment: A Review. European Journal of Soil Science. (In Press.)
SAMEC M, SANTIAGO A, CARDINAS JP, TARQUIS AM, BENITO B, MOONEY SJ and KOROSAK D, 2013. Quantifying soil complexity using network models of soil porous structure. Non-Linear Processes in Geophysics.. (In Press.)