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Claire Horrocks

Post Doctoral Research Scientist
Sustainable Agriculture Sciences North Wyke
North Wyke

Dr. Claire Horrocks is Research Scientist in the soil carbon dynamics group at Rothamsted Research North Wyke. She undertook her PhD in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Edinburgh, during which time she established a successful collaboration with Rothamsted Research North Wyke. Her PhD was focused on assessing the potential for increased ecosystem services provision from soils following implementation of agri-environment schemes.

After completing her PhD Claire has worked on multiple projects assessing the impact of climate change on soil microbial communities and carbon and nitrogen cycling. Gaining extensive experience in biochemical extraction, stable isotope analysis using isotope ratio mass spectrometry, gas chromatography, mass spectrometry and HPLC.

Since 2015 Claire has been working on a Newton Funded Post Doc in collaboration with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) working on establishing soil health metrics for comparison and assessment of soil status under different grass varieties. She has spent 3 months as a Visiting Researcher in the Tropical Forages department. in CIAT headquarters Colombia, where she gained experience in molecular biology techniques including DNA extraction, PCR, QPCR, and cloning. She is also working in close collaboration with CIAT Kenya in order to develop low tech methodologies for comparing soil health under different management practices and crops with the aim of creating tools for farmers.

Works With:
+44 (0) 1837 883 500 ext: +44 1837 883530
Rothamsted Research - North Wyke, Okehampton, Devon, EX20 2SB
Past Projects
  • Potential for nitrification inhibitors and fertilizer nitrogen application timing strategies to reduce nitrous oxide emissions from UK agriculture
  • Relating fungal functional diversity to carbon-cycling in sub and maritime Antarctic soils
  • The North Wyke Farm Platform
  • Maximising carbon retention in soils
  • Soil Organic Carbon - devising a single proxy measure for the sustainability of pastoral systems

Horrocks, C.A., Dungait, J.A.J., Cardenas, L.M., Heal, K.V. 2014. Does extensification lead to enhanced provision of ecosystem services from soils in UK agriculture? Land Use Policy 38, 123-128.

Horrocks, C.A., Dungait, J.A.J., Heal, K.V., Cardenas, L.M. 2015. Comparing N2O fluxes from recently created extensive grassland and sites remaining under intensive agriculture management. Agriculture Ecosystems and Environment 199, 77-84.

Horrocks, C.A., Heal, K.V., harvie, B., Tallowing, J.B., Cardenas, L.M., Duingait, J.A.J. 2016. Can species-rich grasslands be estabilshed on former intenively managed arable soils? Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment. 217, 59-67



PhD in Geosciences (University of Edinburgh)


BA in Biological Natural Sciences (Univrsity of Cambridge)