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Ms Sophia Bahddou

Soil and Water Scientist - PhD Student

Sustainable Soils and Crops

Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, AL5 2JQ
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Sophia is conducting her PhD studies in the School of Water, Energy and Environment at Cranfield University and in the Sustainable Soils and Crops Department at Rothamsted Research in collaboration with Mohamed VI Polytechnic University in Morocco. Her PhD is entitled 'Technical and practical innovations to reduce soil and water losses by improving soil physical properties'. Her main focus is on soil erosion processes and the synergetic effects of wind and water on soil and water losses, as well as the interactions between soil and plants focusing on the effect of roots on soil properties. This project is part of the Sustainable Agriculture For Africa programme and funded by OCP Group.

Sophia obtained her MSc degree, with a Cum Maxima Laude distinction, in Integrated Planning for Rural Development and Environmental Management at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza (IAMZ) of the International Centre of Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM). Her Master thesis was about water and energy savings in collective pressurized irrigation networks through improvements in the management of on-farm irrigation, which was carried out at the Irrigation, Agronomy and Environment department of the Estación Experimental de Aula Dei (EEAD-CSIC) in Zaragoza.

Measures of Esteem

-Eng thesis examiner
-Winner of the 3MT competition at Cranfield University
-Winner of the IAgrE best PhD presentation
-Invited speaker at several events and conferences both nationally and internationally
-Co-host of the Cranfield Doctoral annual conference 'Road to COP26'
-Invited speaker at the Soapbox Science - Women in STEM
-Exhibitor in the IF Oxford Science & Ideas Festival
-Cum Maxima Laude distinction in MSc degree
-Award winner of the best MSc Thesis
-Valedictorian award (first in class in postgraduate studies).