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Prof Bob Rees

Professor of Agriculture and Climate Change
Head of Carbon Management Centre
Department of Agriculture, Horticulture and Engineering Sciences

Research interests 

I am a Professor in Agriculture and Climate Change, with research that focuses on greenhouse gas emissions and nutrient cycling. With over 100 research publications, I have extensive involvement in research across Europe, China, and South Asia. I recently coordinated Legume-Futures an EU Framework project on the role of legumes in farming systems. In the UK I played a leading role in Agricultural UK Greenhouse Gas Platform programme aimed at improving the reporting and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from UK agriculture. I am a Specialty Chief Editor for the Journal Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems and Assistant Editor for the Journal Soil Use and Management. My current research interests include:

  • Agricultural greenhouse gas mitigation and adaptation
  • Carbon sequestration in agricultural soils
  • Nitrous oxide measurement and modelling
  • Methane emissions from soils and livestock
  • Nitrogen flows in terrestrial systems
  • Precision agriculture
  • Soil acidification
  • Marginal Abatement Cost Curves
  • Soil science
  • Sustainable Intensification

Selected research projects

  • N-CIRCLE: Virtual Joint Centre for Closed-Loop Cycling of Nitrogen in Chinese Agriculture (BBSRC, 2016-2019)
  • Advanced technologies for efficient crop management: a participatory approach with application at farm scale (SARIC 2016-2020)
  • Soils research to deliver Greenhouse Gas Removals and Abatement Technologies (BBSRC, 2017-2021)
  • Delivering clean growth through sustainable intensification (DEFRA 2018-2020)
  • South Asian Nitrogen Hub (BBSRC, 2019-2022)
  • Productive and Sustainable Land Management and Rural Economies (Scottish Government, 2016-2021)


  • Honorary lecturer with Principal Supervisor status at the University of Edinburgh
  • Lecturer in MSc in Environmental Protection and Management and Food security
  • Lecturer to SRUC’s undergraduate courses in Carbon Management
  • External Examiner in Environmental Science at University of Mauritius

PhD students

  • Juliette Maire: Scaling reactive N mitigation in grassland systems
  • Kirsty Paterson: Carbon storage in UK agricultural soils
  • Hollie Riddell: Environmental Footprinting of Upland Lamb
  • Marcela Porto Costa: Transition paths to sustainable legume based systems in Europe

Selected publications

See all of Bob Rees' Publications here.

Prof Bob Rees

Professor of Agriculture & Climate Change / Head of Carbon Management Centre

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