Professor Richard Bardgett


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Contact details

B4109 Michael Smith Building|Oxford Road|Manchester|M13 9PT

Telephone: +44161 275 5477
Website(s): New book - Earth Matters: How Soil Underlies Civilization
Soil and Ecosystem Ecology Lab Website
Underground in the City
Why soil matters more than we realise

Research interests

Our research is broadly concerned with understanding the role of interactions between plant and soil communities in regulating the structure and function of terrestrial ecosystems, and their response to global change. A particular goal of our research is to develop a mechanistic and conceptual understanding of how: (1) plant species and their traits influence soil biodiversity and ecosystem processes, such as carbon and nutrient cycling; (2) soil biodiversity influences nutrient cycling and plant community dynamics across different temporal and spatial scales; and (3) these interactions are affected by, and can potentially mitigate, climate change. A major focus of my current research is applying these concepts to the development of sustainable management options for agriculture, biodiversity and the delivery of ecosystem services, especially carbon sequestration and efficient nutrient cycling. The Soil and Ecosystem Ecology Group at Manchester is supported by funds from NERC, BBSRC, the EU, and Defra, and we welcome enquiries from those interested in joining the group.


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