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Clare Cameron

Staff picture: Clare Cameron
Ecological Sciences
Ecological Sciences
Research Assistant
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


Clare is a Research Assistant in the Biodiversity and Ecosystems Group within the Ecological Sciences.  She has over 25 years’ experience in soil microbial ecology, using both phospholipid fatty acid analysis and physiological profiling methods to assess structure and function of soil microbial communities.   Clare was jointly responsible for the development of MicroResp™ and is responsible for managing the commercial aspects of the MicroResp™ product for James Hutton Limited.

Current research interests

Clare is currently working on projects focused on:

  • the impact of liming on grassland soils and resilience to drought
  • the impact of tree colonisation on moorland biodiversity and ecosystem processes in a long-term experiment (MOORCO)
  • assessing the main drivers of change (e.g., climate change, pollution) to soil microbial community structure and abiotic properties on Scottish soils at a national scale
  • Natural England Long Term Monitoring Network


  • Mitchell, R.J.; Lilly, A.; Bell, J.S.; Cameron, C.; Donald, C.; Fielding, D.; Green, G.; Hewison, R.H.; McIntyre, S.; Newman, G.: Nolan, A.; Owen, J.; Smith, D.; Sturgeon, F.; Thompson, C.; Towers, W.; Williams E. (2014) Ecosystem effects of long-term herbivore exclusion., SNH Contract Report.
  • Ritz, K.; Harris, H.; Pawlett, M.; Cameron, C.; Black, H.I.J. (2011) Climate change impacts on soil biota - development of a resistance and resilience assay., Final Report to Defra CTE0825.
  • Campbell, C.D.; Cameron, C.M.; Smith, A. (2004) Biodegradation of hydrocarbons in two oilfield waste drill cuttings., BP under MRCS Contract 274 - follow up to MRC242. Confidential Report.
  • Campbell, C.D.; Cameron, C.M. (2003) Testing the efficacy of proprietary amendments designed to enhance the degradation of hydrocarbons in oilfield waste drill cuttings., MRC242 - BP. Confidential Report.
  • Campbell, C.D.; Paton, G.I.; Towers, W.; Paterson, E.; Dawson, J.J.C.; Cameron, C.M.; Coull, M.C.; Christie, P. (2001) A biological classification scheme to assess the sensitivity of Scottish and Northern Ireland soils to heavy metals., Technical Report SR(00) 09 to SNIFFER, Edinburgh, June 2001.

  • Aitkenhead, M.J.; Cameron, C.; Gaskin, G.; Choisy, B.; Coull, M.C.; Black, H.I.J.; Robertson, A.H.J. (2016) The Scottish way - getting results in soil spectroscopy without spending money., European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2016 (EGU 2016), Vienna, Austria, 17-22 April 2016. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 18, EGU2016-162.
  • Mitchell R.J.; Hester A.H.; Campbell C.D.; Chapman S.J.; Cameron C.M.; Hewison R.L.; Potts J.M. (2010) Predicting the soil microbial community: is vegetation composition or soil chemistry the better predictor?, British Ecological Society Conference, University of Leeds, Leeds, 7-9 September 2010.
  • Black, H.I.J.; Cameron, C.M.; Campbell, C.D.; Chamberlain, P.M.; Creamer, R..; Harris, J.A.; Pawlett, M.; Ritz, K.; Singh, B.K. (2009) Are biological indicators of soil quality reliable enough for monitoring?, BSSS/SSSI Soil Quality Conference, Johnstown Castle, Wexford, Ireland, 9-11 September 2009.
  • Towers, W.; Campbell, C.D.; Paton, G.I.; Paterson, E.; Dawson, J.J.C.; Cameron, C.M.; Coull, M.C.; Christie, P.; Scanlan, C. (2003) The development of a biological sensitivity classification of soils to heavy metals., Proceedings of "Integrating Novel Approaches to Pollution Research in Terrestrial and Marine Environments". A Joint BSSS/SETAC-UK Meeting, 8-10 September 2003.
  • Campbell, C.D., Davidson, M.S. and Cameron, C.M. (1999) Changes in soil microbial community structure following organic waste application - an indicator of long changes in soil organic matter decomposition?, British Society of Soil Science, "Sustainable Management of Soil Organic Matter", Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, 15-17 September 1999.
  • Campbell, C.D.,Gelder, J.van, Davidson, M. and Cameron,C.M. (1995) Use of sole carbon source utilisation patterns to detect changes in soil microbial communities affected by Cu, Mi, and Zn., International Conference on Heavy Metals in the Environment, 10th, Hamburg, pp30-33.

Scientific Posters / Conferences

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