Zoom into Soil: Soil Functions

Feb 11, 2021 | News

The British Society of Soil Science (BSSS) is delighted to announce the latest webinar in the lunchtime series of Zoom into Soil. Zoom into Soil: Soil Functions, hosted by BSSS’ Northern Soil Network (NSN), will take place on Wednesday 3 March from 12.00 to 1.00pm and is free of charge for all delegates.

Zoom into Soil: Soil Functions will feature Professor Lorna Dawson, Head of Forensic Soil Science at the James Hutton Institute, and Dr Marcelo Galdos, University Academic Fellow in Modelling Food Security and Climate Impacts at the University of Leeds, with their presentations, The Answer Lies In The Soil and Climate – Smart Soils. The two distinct topics will broadly consider the function of soil for ecological and non-ecological purposes.

In her presentation, Professor Lorna Dawson will explain how soils are characterised to assist police in search and in trace evidence comparison. She will outline how the methods used need to be applicable to trace amounts of soil and discriminating at appropriate scales and will present aspects of where soil information can assist criminal investigations. Focusing on the ecological function of soil, Dr Marcelo Galdos will discuss aspects of soil and climate interactions, and describe ongoing research combining experiments, sensor networks and biogeochemical modelling to assess climate-smart soil management practices.

To book a place at the seminar visit Go To Webinar:


BSSS will host their next webinar on 7 April, with further monthly dates and registration details to be announced.




Media Contact

Sarah Garry
Executive Officer
British Society of Soil Science

Email: exec@soils.org.uk


Notes for Editors

  • The British Society of Soil Science (BSSS) is an established international membership organisation and charity committed to the study of soil in its widest aspects. The society brings together those working within academia, and practitioners implementing soil science in industry. Soil scientists’ research findings are essential for investigating the feasibility of agricultural, landscaping, construction, conservation and archaeological projects. Our members are employed by both private and public sector institutions including academic universities, conservation charities, construction companies and consultancies.
  • Participants can register for the March seminar via the Go To Webinar link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6820194073758250763
  • Lorna Dawson graduated with a BSc (hons) in Geography, Edinburgh University and then a PhD in Soil Science, Aberdeen University. Currently she is Principal Scientist and Head of Forensic Soil Science at the James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, Visiting Professor at RGU, Chartered Scientist, Fellow of the Institute of British Soil Scientists, Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She is an advisor with the National Crime Agency, a trained Expert Witness, and holds diplomas in civil and criminal law, and has worked on over 150 cases with police, agencies, and lawyers across the UK and overseas. She has published over 100 scientific papers, books and book chapters, sits on the BAS General Committee, and holds a diploma in Science Communication, Bristol. She is the Science Advisor and KE Lead for Environment for SEFARI (Scottish Environment Food Agriculture Research Institutes) and sits on the Environment Protection Scotland Land Quality Expert Advisory Group. She authored the RSA Scotland FFCC report and is co-lead in the Food, Farming and Countryside (FFCC) current devolved Scotland inquiry.
  • Marcelo Galdos is a University Academic Fellow in Modelling Food Security and Climate Impacts at the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds. He is a soil scientist with over 25 years’ experience in agricultural systems, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and soil health. He uses soil and crop measurements and modelling to assess the impact of land use, management and climate on yields, soil organic matter, soil moisture, nutrients, and greenhouse gas fluxes in food and bioenergy production.
  • Recordings of the previous Zoom into Soil events are available on the BSSS YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHHciYt47RFZLqcQ6QGkjxg.
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