Monday, 24 March 2014

BBC Web Story - Farming and River Pollution

Today Vic Gill from BBC Science released the story that she filmed with me last week in the Eden, introducing the new project where we hope to study potential climate change and land use and how it may affect farming and water quality. Here is the link to the story and the film and it maybe interesting to also view the recent training film I made on the issues for context. I also did an early morning gig on Farming Today (Radio 4) and local Radio Lancashire and Cumbria.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Filming for BBC Breakfast TV

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L1660045, a photo by Soil & Water Science on Flickr.
This morning I met Vic Gill from BBC Science to do a piece on the NUTCAT 2050 project - studying land and water quality and how this may change in the future with changes in climate and land use. It was as a fun filming experience, supported by fellow NUTCAT team members Michael and Mary. Thanks all.

Film of the BSSS 2013 Annual Conference

Just look at all the fun you are missing of you are not a member of the British Society of Soil Science!

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

'NUTCAT' Steering Group - Thank-you!

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L1660037, a photo by Soil & Water Science on Flickr.
Yesterday the NUTCAT 2050 team met in Birmingham with our steering group - the first of the annual steering meeting and had a terrific session with our invited distinguished 'steerers', with lots positive feedback and reinforcing advice. Thank-you!

Monday, 17 March 2014

Selfie - Soil-Water Training - in the Eden!

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Untitled, a photo by Soil & Water Science on Flickr.
It has been another great day of training PhD students, this time today I joined Ben Surridge's course in the beautiful Eden Valley and at the equally as impressive Habergill Centre. It was a beautiful dusk drive through the Eden and into the Lune.  Here is a selfie just before the lecture and - some additonal photos here.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

A busy and fulfilling week- #Soilunderfoot

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Last week was a terrific experience.

In collaboration with my colleagues John Quinton (from Lancaster University LEC), Kathryn Alton (from the British Society of Soil Science BSSS) and Helaina Black from the JHI in Aberdeen, we ran a week long NERC funded doctoral training course for soil PhD students focussing on PG level soils.  I was PI and the run up to the course had been quite time consuming and had posed a few worries and headaches, but supported by the great team it all came together very well - thanks to all the inner team and to the additional contributing lecturers (David Powlson, Jac Hannam, Dick Thompson, Willie Towers, Sacha Mooney, Wilfred Otten, Matt Aitkenhead, Andrew Binley).

We had 24 students and what was so exciting was that we were using some funky techniques for the lectures and teaching.  Both John and I have made some training films (with Dependable Productions, a terrific company led by my long term friend Richard Critchlow, so good to work with) on soil-water transfers and soil-security and we have asked the students to work with us to make two more after the course.  Additionally, we also ran some live lectures by the team, and some of these are still available as a legacy from John on Soil SecurityHelaina on Soil Biology (can be viewed here and by myself on soil water transfers.   Throughout the cpousre we were running questions and live interatiosn on twitter (#soilunderfoot)

We also tried some working group activities where we asked teams of students to consider a high level soil science question which had to be presented back to the group in 'The Apprentice' style on the final morning.  It proved highly successful and was also a lot of fun.  Congratulations to 'Team Kathryn' for winning he student vote for the best proposal!

We had some terrific some feedback from the students.

"I wanted to say thank you to you all for a fantastic week at Soil Underfoot. I have learnt so much and look forward to going through all the material you very kindly put up on moodle for us. It was a great opportunity to meet other people in the same sector and get to know more about the current research that is happening all over the county and beyond, also to hear what your visions of the future are.  

I do hope that you are able to run course like this in the future so others can gain from the experience (even the late nights). I got a lot out of the group challenge just getting in to that mind-set was a challenge. I thought there was a nice balance of field work with lectures and practical sessions."

 Karen Walmsley, Harper Adams 

and how about this news just in....

I am pleased to inform you that I defended successfully today my PhD thesis titled ''Mobility and Bioavailability of Arsenic in Ochre Amended Soils''.​Thank you for organising the NERC Doctoral training course, 'Understanding the soil underfoot'. It helped me in the preparation for my viva.

Joseph Olimah, University of Reading

Feedback doesn't get better than that!

All worry was worth it!  Congratulations and thanks to all, some photos from the final day taken by Dependable Productions are here.

Phil Haygarth
Lancaster, 12th March 2014 

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Movie: An introduction to Soil-Water Transfer

I am excited to have just completed this movie as part of a NERC
Doctoral Training, in collaboration with the British Society
of Soil Science and The James Hutton Institute.  The Film Team were Dependable Productions.   Thanks to the EdenDTC and the Eden community
for assistance in the making of this film.  Please use and share!  Phil