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Nitrous oxide in soil – the contribution of this greenhouse gas to climate change

10 March 2015, 11:00 am: Free
at New Seminar Room Dundee and broadcast live to Macaulay B, Aberdeen
for scientists, researchers and other interested parties
Nitrous oxide is a potent greenhouse gas that is produced biologically in soil

Professor Liz Baggs (Head of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen) will give an overview of what we now know about how the contributions of biological and chemical processes to nitrous oxide emission have evolved over time.


Nitrous oxide is a potent greenhouse gas that is produced biologically in soil. It is generated during several processes which may occur simultaneously but in different microsites of the same soil. There is often uncertainty associated with which process is contributing the most to emissions but it is important to resolve this for the development of appropriate strategies to manage the contributions of this gas to climate change.

Professor Baggs will discuss the techniques that have been developed, and the recent advances and future directions that promise to take our understanding forward.

Biography of Professor Liz Baggs

  • 2011-: Head, School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen
  • 2011: Established Chair of Soil Science, University of Aberdeen
  • 2010: Elected Fellow of the Society of Biology
  • 2009-2010: Senior Lecturer, University of Aberdeen
  • 2004-2009: NERC Advanced Research Fellow, University of Aberdeen
  • 2000-2004: Wain Research Fellow / Lecturer, Imperial College London, Wye Campus
  • 1997-2000: Lecturer in Soil Biology and Chemistry, Wye College, University of London
  • 1997: PhD Soil Science. University of Edinburgh
  • 1993: MSc Agronomy. University of Nottingham
  • 1991: BSc (Hons) 2:1 Physical Geography. University of Bristol

This seminar will be hosted by Dr Vivian Blok.

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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.