Dr SUSAN TANDY
Sustainable Agriculture Sciences
Susan is an environmental chemist with a focus on soil and bioavailability of nutrients (K, P) and trace elements (Zn, Cd, Sb, Pb, Cu) to plants. Her technical and analytical skills include analysis of soil and plants for speciation, bioavailability and total concentrations of nutrients and trace elements by spectroscopic, spectrophotometric and synchrotron methods as well as general soil, water and plant analysis. She has experience at a range of experimental scales from the laboratory and greenhouse (e.g. hydroponics and pot trials), to the mesocosm (e.g. large scale lysimeter experiments), and the field scale. Areas of research have included the feasibility of different remediation techniques for metal(loid) polluted soil, development of artificial soils, the influence of redox conditions on antimony fate in the environment, the effect of soil organic matter management on trace element bioavailability and uptake by crops and the development of devices to measure bioavailable soil potassium.
Her current research involves developing a field based test for plant phosphorus availability in soil to enable fast, accurate, fertilizer application.
2005 – PhD in Science, ‘Speciation, stability and uptake of metals by plants in chelated assisted ex-situ and in-situ remediation of soils.’ ETH Zurich, Switzerland
1998 – MSc Environmental Science, University of Nottingham, UK
1992 – BSc Chemistry (Hons), Cardiff University, UK