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+44 (0)844 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute

Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK

Dundee DD2 5DA

Colin is Chief Executive of the James Hutton Institute. As Director of Science Excellence, he was responsible for the strategic development of the excellence of the institute's scientists, facilities and resources. He has 28 years of research experience in soil microbiology/soil science applied to agri-environment issues. His expertise lies in fundamental and applied studies on the effects of pollutants on soil microorganisms and soil health and in understanding how microbial diversity contributes to ecosystem functioning.

Colin is also Director of the Institute’s Post-Graduate School which has over 120 registered students, registered at 30 different universities from around the world. He represents the institute on the Board of CECHR a joint initiative with the University of Dundee studying environmental change and human resilience and is also a member of the steering group for the SEWEB project which is a single web portal for Scotland’s environmental data.  He is a visiting professor at Soil and Environment Department, Swedish Agricultural Sciences University (SLU), Uppsala, Sweden and a member of Scientific Advisory Committee of SNH. He recently served on the RSE Commission of Inquiry "Facing up to Climate Change" and was a contributing author to the UK National Ecosystem Assessment. He is an associate editor with Soil Use and Management and the European Journal of Soil Science and has acted as an expert advisor and participant in several EU and UK Government workshops addressing issues of the sustainable use of soils.

Current research interests 

Current projects include studies of the use of biological indicators of soil health and the effects of recycled organic matter on soil micro-organisms to better define the sustainability of such practices with a specific focus on soil protection and Statutory limits for heavy metals. He also co-leads, with the Swedish Agricultural Sciences University (SLU) and SAC, an international project funded by the Swedish research council looking at micronutrient supply in organic farming systems in relation to localised soil resource-food quality issues. He is co-inventor of MicroResp, a novel physiological profiling method for characterising soils, sediments and waters and has other patents on novel molecular fingerprinting methods.


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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.