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