Professor Sacha Mooney was President of the Society from 2019 – 2020, and remains on its Trustee Board as Past President in 2021 – 2022. He is a member of the Society’s Council, Chairs the Publications Committee and is a member of the World Congress of Soil Science Working Group, and Education Committee.
Sacha is Professor (2012-) in Soil Physics at the University of Nottingham having previously been Reader (2010-2012), Associate Professor (2006-2010) and Lecturer (2000-2006). Sacha’s research is focused on utilising information on the structural geometry of porous media to understand and predict its behaviour and subsequent function. Given this rather general theme, his interests have considerable overlap across many disciplines and as such he works with many varied groups of researchers from engineers to mathematicians to geographers to biologists.
One of Sacha’s current interests is utilising imaging techniques such as X-ray Computed Tomography, and the University of Nottingham have recently won funds to establish a new facility (The Hounsfield Facility) that houses three CT scanners capable of visualising materials from the nano scale to the metre scale.
Sacha currently teaches several modules related to soil science, image processing and project management. These include Soil and Water Science, Soil Science, Hydrogeochemistry, Environmental Science Fieldcourse, Research Methods B and MSci Research Project.
Sacha’s research is currently focused on exploring plant-soil interactions of which X-ray Computed Tomography is employed in most studies. Sacha’s group also has several industrial and commercial projects and he is involved in 15 PhD research programmes. For further details on The Hounsfield Facility and current research projects, please visit http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/microCT.