Life in Earth: Soils, the forgotten science in ecology

Event date: 
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Event venue: 
Rothamsted Research, North Wyke, Okehampton EX20 2SB, UK
Event description: 


This conference, organised by the CIEEM South West England Section Committee in conjunction with The South West Soils Discussion Group (British Society of Soil Science), will look at the broad subject of soils from an ecologist's point of view, and ecology from a soil scientist's point of view. We are privileged to be able to hold the conference at the renowned Rothamsted Research facility at North Wyke, Devon - a world-leading, non-profit research centre that focuses on strategic agricultural and soil sciences.


Soil is fundamental to ecosystems but is often misunderstood or overlooked by ecologists. Soil erosion and other degradation are both a cause and consequence of ecosystem damage, with implications for ecosystem services, biodiversity and agriculture.

We have put together a programme of speakers to help ecologists gain insight into three aspects:

  • appreciating the  functioning of soils , both natural and cultivated, as important components of ecosystems; 
  • understanding and use of soils (natural and manufactured) in mitigation and ecological design (habitat creation, bioengineering, GI, etc); and 
  • the challenges of working with other professions – soil scientists, civil & agricultural engineers, land agents, landscape architects, contractors – to better understand and manage soil resources. 

Most of the speakers are from the South West region and will be presenting a South West perspective on the subject.

Who Should Attend?

This will be relevant to all ecologists involved in assessing ecological resources and potential impacts, mitigation and management of land resources.