Dr Sam Bonnett

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  • Qualifications:BSc (HONS); MSc; PhD; FHEA
  • Position:Senior lecturer in Environmental Science
  • Department:Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences (HAS)
  • Telephone:+4411732 87157
  • Email:Sam.Bonnett@uwe.ac.uk

About me

I am a Senior lecturer in Environmental Science in the Department of Applied Sciences at UWE. I am a biogeochemist with an interest in plant-soil interactions and soil microbial functions in natural and anthropogenic ecosystems. 

My research is currently focused on improving our understanding of the spatial and temporal variation of microbial functions in soils that are a key factor in soil health, carbon sequestration and nutrient cycling. This understanding will be of central importance to the development of simple methods for monitoring and validating rewilding and restoration projects for biodiversity and climate change mitigation. 

Area of expertise

I have over 15 years of postdoctoral research experience with a specific interest in plant-soil interactions and microbial functions in urban, agricultural, forest and wetland ecosystems.

We are currently researching monitoring methods and strategies with partners on nature-based solutions to carbon and biodiversity loss by rewilding intensive agriculture land particularly lowland riparian peatlands for reducing GHG emissions, increasing carbon storage and biodiversity improvement.

We are also investigating the potential for monitoring the sound of soil as a means to holistically assessing soil health and provide a human experience of soil life that could influence attitudes and behaviours to the environment.

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