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Professorship for SRUC’s Bob Rees for his outstanding contribution to soil and environmental sciences

Published Wednesday, 3rd July 2013 in Study at SRUC news

Dr Bob Rees has been presented with a Personal Professorship at SRUC’s graduation ceremony at Bute Hall, University of Glasgow on 5 July 2013.

Bob has been given the title Professor of Agriculture and Climate change in recognition of the substantial contribution he has made in the field of environmental science over the past 25 years.

In awarding the Professorship, Professor Geoff Simm, SRUC Vice Principal Research, said: “Bob is internationally recognised for his outstanding contributions to soil and environmental sciences, especially his work on mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture. His research is helping to improve the reporting of emissions from the agricultural sector in the UK and to develop farming practices aligned with rapidly-developing climate change policy.”

Bob is Head of SRUC’s Carbon Management Centre, which brings together staff from a wide range of disciplines. The centre has already achieved significant success in terms of grant awards, and it maintains a high profile in terms of policy development. For example, Bob recently chaired a working group on behalf of Scottish Government examining the role and importance of organic matter conservation in soils, and his contribution to research on mitigation abatement costs continues to be actively discussed in a policy context. In December 2012, he was invited to address an All Party Parliamentary Group in Westminster on Agro-ecology at which he presented evidence of the role of soil management in contributing to greenhouse gas mitigation.

Bob has a long standing programme of work in Africa, studying the relationships between land management, nutrient cycling and greenhouse gas emissions. More recently he has established strong links with Nanjing Agricultural University in China and he is active in the Global Research Alliance on greenhouse gas emissions.

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