SCIENCE

Dr AIMERIC BLAUD

Soil Microbial Ecologist

Sustainable Agriculture Sciences

BIOGRAPHY

Aimeric is a soil microbial ecologist interested in the roles of soil microorganisms (bacteria, archaea and fungi) in biogeochemical cycles, such as nitrogen and phosphorus cycles, and their spatial and temporal distribution in soils. In particular, he is interested in the environmental drivers that regulate microbial functions and their responses to anthropogenic activity (fertilisation, land use change) and global change. His work focuses on arable land (grassland, cropland) in Europe but also in the Southern Hemisphere, and on “pristine” land, such as the Arctic tundra. Aimeric has experience of field and lab experiments on bacteria, archaea and fungi, as well as microorganisms involved in the nitrogen and phosphorus cycles. He is familiar with a range of molecular methods (DNA extraction, high throughput sequencing, quantitative-PCR, fingerprinting methods), soil properties analysis, bioinformatics and multivariate statistical analysis (R software). Aimeric recently worked on the relationship between the plant and microbial diversity in the Park Grass long-term experiment at Rothamsted Research. He is also working extensively on the microorganisms involved in the nitrogen and phosphorus cycles, and how organic and inorganic fertilisation and soil pH alteration affect the balance of the nitrogen and phosphorus cycles in UK grassland and cropland.

CONTACT DETAILS

EMAIL:
aimeric.blaud@rothamsted.ac.uk

    TEL:

    +44 (0) 1582 938 062

      ADDRESS:

      Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, AL5 2JQ

        PROFESSIONAL PLATFORMS

        Science project

        • U-grass: Understanding and enhancing soil ecosystem services and resilience in UK grass and croplands
        • UK-China Virtual Joint Centre for Improved Nitrogen Agronomy CINAG (NEWTON FUND)

        QUALIFICATIONS

        • 2012 - PhD in soil microbial ecology, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
        • 2008 - Master of Microbiology, University Montpellier II, France
        • 2005 - Bachelor of Biology, University Montpellier II, France

        MEASURES OF ESTEEM

        Journal referee

        • Acta Ecologica Sinica
        • European Journal of Soil Science
        • FEMS Microbiology Ecology, Global Change Biology, Bioenergy


        Scientific Reports

        • Soil Biology Biochemistry