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Soil Sustainability: From Biogeochemistry to Business

Agriculture Seminar Series - Dr Jess Davies, Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University

Date/Time: Wednesday 23 January 2019, 13:00 - 14:00

Venue: Agriculture Building, Room 3.05


Soils are central to sustainability. In addition to being key to food security, good management of this natural resource can play help us protect our water resources, mitigate climate change and stem biodiversity loss.

Many scientific challenges remain in understanding the sustainability of our soils, and at present, there is much progress to be made in integrating soils into efforts to advance sustainability through policy and practice.

In this talk, Jess will discuss these two sides to her work: the science of soil sustainability and putting this into practice in business.

She will present some of her research on integrating carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus biogeochemical cycles that explores long-term ecosystem change in response to anthropogenic drivers such as atmospheric nitrogen pollution and climate change.

She will then go on to talk about her experience of engaging global businesses, as a key neglected soil stakeholder, with the issue of soil sustainability. 


Jess is a Lecturer at Lancaster University’s Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business: an interdisciplinary research centre that works directly with businesses to co-develop science-based sustainable solutions.

Originally trained as a control system engineer, having obtained her PhD at Loughborough University, she turned her attention to the environment and has spent the last 10 years studying plant-soil-water systems across natural and agricultural landscapes.

She is an Early Career EPSRC Living With Environmental Change Fellow and she currently leads a number of other projects relating to food system sustainability and resilience.