SCIENCE

SARAH DUNHAM

Soil Scientist

Sustainable Agriculture Sciences

BIOGRAPHY

Sarah’s key research interests are soil nutrients and pollutants and their availability to plants. Her expertise includes running pot and hydroponic experiments; soil and crop sampling methods in the glasshouse and field; and soil and crop sample preparation for analysis. She is also skilled in various chemical, physical and biological analytical techniques of plant, water and soil samples, and in advanced techniques for ultra-trace chemical analysis of soil, water and plants. Her latest job has involved setting up a spectrometry laboratory for the rapid analysis of agricultural material without the need for time consuming and expensive wet digestion and analysis. One of the goals is to produce a scientifically sound new paradigm for predicting nutrients availability from rapidly measured soil spectral information. The instrumentation includes Tensor II-FT-IR Spectrometer; MIR Alpha, a compact FT-IR spectrometer that can be used anywhere for routine spectral analysis, including in the field; Tracer 5i , a XRF Spectrometer for elemental analysis of soils, plant materials, manures and fertilisers, in the lab or field; XRD D2 phaser, an x-ray diffraction phase analyser for measuring the types of minerals and clays present in soils; and Laser PSA LA 960, a laser particle size analyser.

CONTACT DETAILS

EMAIL:
sarah.dunham@rothamsted.ac.uk

    TEL:

    +44 (0) 1582 938 762

      ADDRESS:

      Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, AL5 2JQ

        PROFESSIONAL PLATFORMS

        Strategic programme

        • Soil 2 Nutrition (S2N)

        Science project

        • Optimising sulphur management to maximise oilseed rape and cereal yields and farm profitability
        • iGCRF (Institute award) - BBSRC - Data & Resources for African Soils

        QUALIFICATIONS

        • 2015 FAA First Aid Awards Emergency First Aid at Work (QCF) Level 2 Award
        • 2013 NEBOSH Award, Health and Safety at Work

        MEASURES OF ESTEEM

        • Departmental Safety Advisers Committee