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Research interests

My research concerns organic compounds in soil and other related environments. Specific areas of interest include:

  • the molecular fate of organic matter in soil,
  • use of volatile compounds (VOCs) as proxies for soil function and health,
  • chemical/microbiological consequences and fate of plastics in the soil,
  • ancient/contemporary sewage pollution in soils, sediments and freshwater,
  • the effect that soil fauna have on the decomposition of soil organic matter,
  • decomposition and detection of human and animal remains in soils,
  • development of organic and light isotope mass spectrometric analytical methodologies,
  • ultra complex mixture analysis of environmental samples.

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Cabot Institute Food Security Research
  • Cabot Institute Environmental Change Research


  • chromatography
  • mass spectrometry
  • soil chemistry
  • volatile organic compounds
  • microplastics
  • faecal biomarkers
  • microbial community
  • archaeological science
  • forensics
  • sustainable solutions


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