PhD Student

Sustainable Soils and Crops


Timo's current areas of scientific interest are in environmental modelling, soil sciences and the coupling of these. He obtained his Msc degree in Environmental sciences from Wageningen University, The Netherlands. With a thesis on a Bayesian model for soil organic matter management and a six-month research placement based at the Center of Ecology and Hydrology in Bangor, United Kingdom. 

Timo's PhD is a project collaboration between Rothamsted Research and Cranfield University, the main topic is the use of spectroscopy to understand spatial variation of soil properties. The aim of Timo's project is to minimise the losses in profit and impacts to the environment that result from decisions on crop management made using erroneous information about soil properties. The project results will lead to a framework that will help to determine optimal combinations of soil sensors, how to deploy them and quantify any associated uncertainties.

These findings will be used to develop loss functions that quantify the relevance of soil information to inform management practices as a function of the costs of collecting the data. The project is part of the Agri-Tech Research Innovation Accelerator (AgRIA) and African Soil Information Service (AfSIS).




    Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, AL5 2JQ


      Strategic Programme

      Soil 2 Nutrition (S2N)

      PhD project title:

      ‘A loss of function approach to optimal configuration for soil sensing’