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Dr Andy Gregory


Protecting Crops and the Environment


Andy is a soil scientist interested in the interaction between soil carbon and soil physical properties, how these are affected by the way in which soils are managed, and how they impact upon other soil functions. Within this broad area of research, he has interests in land use change between arable and grassland systems, soil structure (aggregation and pore networks), soil hydraulic functions (water retention and conductivity), soil deformation (impacts on water retention and gaseous emissions), soil resilience (resistance and recovery from stresses), and biochemical compounds (“biomarkers” to link plant inputs to soil carbon). Andy is an experienced field and laboratory scientist, expert in the characterisation of soil physical and chemical properties. He has conducted fieldwork on differently-managed soils at a range of established sites, including Rothamsted Research (Harpenden and North Wyke), Woburn and Silsoe. He has published and presented his research extensively, is an associate editor of the European Journal of Soil Science, a member of the editorial board of Geoderma and is a regular reviewer for the other soil science journals. He has been a member of the British Society of Soil Science (M.I.SoilSci.) since 1999. Andy is currently researching physical functions and carbon in soils under a range of agricultural systems in support of the DFW and S2N ISPs. He is also a member of the Long-Term Experiments National Capability team.

Strategic Programme

  • Designing Future Wheat (DFW)
  • Soil 2 Nutrition (S2N)


  • 2002 - PhD Soil Science, Cranfield University
  • 1999 - MSc Natural Resource Management, University of Leicester
  • 1997 - BSc (2:1 Hons.) Geography, University of Leicester

Measures of Esteem

  • 2017: Member of the Local Organising Committee and Scientific Committee for the 6th International Symposium on Soil Organic Matter, Rothamsted Research, 3-8 September 2017
  • 2016 (and 2012): Co-author of one of the top 25 downloaded articles in Global Change Biology (Dungait et al., 2012, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2012.02665.x)
  • 2014 - Convenor and co-chair of ELS10 session 'Soil organic carbon dynamics in both agricultural and natural ecosystems' with the Soil Science Society of America at ELS2014 conference
  • 2017 - Member of the Rothamsted self-assessment team for successful Athena SWAN Bronze Award application
  • Present: Member of the Editorial Board of the journal Geoderma
  • Present - Invited reviewer for the main soil science journals including Eur. J. Soil Sci., Geoderma, Plant Soil, Soil Biol. Biochem., Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J., Soil Tillage Res., SOIL
  • Present - Member of British Society of Soil Science (M.I.SoilSci.)