University of Aberdeen
Current Position Chair in School of Biological Sciences
Telephone +44 (0)1224 272264
Departments School of Biological Sciences
Quadrat Core Themes Biodiversity, Earth Systems, Environmental Management
Methods I Use Bio / Geo / Chemical Analytical, Modelling


Key Research Interests

  • Soil structure formation, dynamics, hydrology and mechanics.
  • Biological and physical interactions in soil.
  • Rhizosphere processes and root-soil interactions.
  • Up-scaling and Critical Zone science.
  • Soil degradation, restoration and sustainability.

Recent Key Papers

  • Naveed, M., Brown, L.K., Raffan, A.C., George, T.S., Bengough, A.G., Roose, T., Sinclair, I., Kobernick, N., Cooper, L. & Hallett, P.D. 2018. Rhizosphere-scale quantification of hydraulic and mechanical properties of soil impacted by root and seed exudates. Vadose Zone Journal 17:170083. doi:10.2136/vzj2017.04.0083.
  • Cooper, L., Daly, K.R., Hallett, P.D,.Koebernick, N., George, T.S. & Roose, T. 2018. The effect of root exudates on rhizosphere water dynamics. Proceedings of the Royal Society A 474: 20180149.
  • Oleghe, E., Naveed, M., Baggs, E.M. & Hallett, P.D. 2017. Plant exudates improve the mechanical conditions for root penetration through compacted soils. Plant & Soil, 421-19-40.

Summary Title of Current Studentships

  • Does the Casparian strip influence plant root biomechanics?
  • Habitat engineering by ectomycorrhizal fungi.
  • Physical priming of rhizosphere soil.
  • Soil carbon cycling as affected by aggregate structure collapse and reformation.
  • Development of green value chemicals from renewable sources and their physical properties.
  • Modelling and measuring soil organic carbon under different tillage practices in agricultural soils of the UK.
  • The roots of soil and food security.
  • QUADRAT DTP student, Annette Raffan: Do plant communities manipulate soil for drought resistance?