University of Aberdeen
Pronouns He/Him/His
Current Position Professor of Soils & Global Change
Previous Position Various
Telephone +44 (0)1224 272702
Departments School of Biological Sciences
Quadrat Core Themes Biodiversity, Earth Systems, Environmental Management
Methods I Use Modelling



Phonetic spelling of name: Pete Smith

Key Research Interests

  • Climate change mitigation from the land, including land-based greenhouse gas removal technologies
  • Contribution of land use / management to the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Food systems contributions to climate change and food security
  • Mathematical modelling from plot to global scales (mainly, but not exclusively biogeochemistry and food systems)
  • Enhancing sequestration in soils and vegetation

Recent Key Papers

  • Paustian, K., Lehmann, J., Ogle, S., Reay, D., Robertson, G.P. & Smith, P. 2016. Climate-smart soils. Nature 532, 49-57. doi:10.1038/nature17174.
  • Smith, P., Davis, S.J., Creutzig, F. et al. 2016. Biophysical and economic limits to negative CO2 emissions. Nature Climate Change 6, 42-50. doi: 10.1038/nclimate2870.
  • Rumpel, C., Amiraslani, F., Koutika, L.S., Smith, P., Whitehead, D. & Wollenberg, E. 2018. Put more carbon in soils to meet Paris climate pledges. Nature 564, 32-34.

Summary Title of Current Studentships

  • Modelling ecosystem service impacts of bioenergy crops in Europe
  • An agent-based modelling approach exploring the effects of arable intensification and dietary change on land use at the national scale.
  • Reducing Poverty among Smallholder Farming Households in Kenya: The role of beekeeping in three communities in Baringo
  • Soil carbon sequestration in long term managed grassland and broadleaf forest
  • The consequences of delivering food security on other ecosystem services
  • Biophysical boundaries of the Scottish “doughnut”
  • Investigating the impact of the electrification of transport to reduce carbon emissions on Natural Capital
  • The potential of alternative livestock systems to contribute to food security and climate change mitigation in the tropics
  • Modelling and measuring soil organic carbon under different tillage practices in agricultural soils of the UK
  • Greenhouse gas emissions and their mitigation
  • Global potential for soil carbon sequestration
  • A global model for rice-based GHG emissions