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Professor Richard Bardgett - personal details

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Professor Richard Bardgett

Role: Professor of Ecology

Tel: +44161 275 5477

Location: Faculty of Life Sciences,B4109 Michael Smith Building, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PT




Richard Bardgett is British ecologist and Professor of Ecology at The University of Manchester. He graduated from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1987 with a degree in Soil and Land Resource Science, and then moved to Lancaster University, where he gained his PhD in 1991. He then held posts at the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research and Manchester University,  before returning to Lancaster University, where he established and led the Soil and Ecosystem Ecology Group. Richard recently moved to The University of Manchester, where he is Professor of Ecology. Over the last twenty years, his research has led to mechanistic and conceptual advances in the area of plant-soil interactions, with a particular focus on understanding impacts of plants on soil microbial communities and feedback consequences for plant growth and ecosystem processes, especially carbon and nitrogen cycling. His research takes him to many parts of the world, but most of his current work is focussed on grasslands. Richard has published over 240 scientific papers, inlcuding many highly cited works, and is recognised by Thomas Reuters as as Highly Cited Researcher in ecology and environment sciences.  He has also authored and co-authored several books, including the award winning Biology of Soil (2005), Aboveground-Belowground Interactions (2010), and his recent book Earth Matters: How Soil Underpins Civilization (2016), all published by Oxford University Press. He is an Editor of Journal of Ecology and a long-standing member of the Editorial Boards of Ecology Letters and Ecosystems. He is a Visiting Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, Chair of BBSRC's Committee E, and member of the Board of Directors of Rothamsted, BBSRC's Research Advisory Panel, and the Netherlands Institute of Ecology Scientific Advisory Board. He was Vice President of the British Ecological Society (2011-2014), and was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2006, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology in 2011, and a member of Academia Europaea in 2015. 

External roles

2014-present  Member Royal Society Biological Sciences Grants Panel

2014-present  Member Centre for Ecology and Hydrology Science Development Group 

2011-2014      Vice President British Ecological Society 

2013-present  Chair BBSRC Research Committee E

2013-present  Member BBSRC Research Advisory Panel 

2012-2013      NERC Soil Security Programme Lead 

2010-present  Member BBSRC Strategic Lola Committee and Appointments Board 

2009-present  Director, Rothamsted Board of Directors

2007-present  Scientific Advisory Committee Netherlands Insititute for Ecology (NIOO) 

2006-present  Editor Journal of Ecology

2006-present  Editorial Board Ecology Letters and Ecosystems 



1987-1991 PhD Soil Ecology, Lancaster University/CEH Merlewood