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Jeff Wilson

Staff picture: Jeff Wilson
Honorary Fellow
Honorary Fellow
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


I was previously Head of the Division of Soils and Soil Microbiology at the Macaulay Institute, and am now an Honorary Research Fellow, with over 40 years experience in research on the chemistry and mineralogy of soils and rocks in relation to properties and behaviour from both agricultural and environmental points of view. I have published over 200 papers and compiled and edited four books in these areas. I have a wide experience of soils in many different countries in Europe, Asia and Africa, both from working visits and collaboration with visiting research workers. I was awarded the first Schlumberger Medal for excellence in mineralogical research and its applications by the Mineralogical Society in 1990 and gave the 4th George Brown Lecture to the Society in 2003. In June 2005 I received the Bailey Award of the Clay Minerals Society of America and was made a Distinguished Member of the Society. The Bailey Award is the premier award of the Clay Minerals Society and is given only on grounds of scientific excellence. I am currently writing a text book on clay minerals which will be published by the Geological Society of London as part of the series on Rock Forming Minerals compiled by Deer, Howie and Zussman.

I taught soil mineralogy at BSc and MSc levels for over 10 years at the University of Aberdeen where I was an Honorary Reader. I am an Honorary Professor of Zhejiang Agricultural University in Hangzhou, China. I taught a soil mineralogy course to MSc students at the University of Naples and contributed to Summer Schools for students under the aegis of the British Council and EUROLAT (a network of European scientists interested in research on laterites). I have also taught a course on clay mineralogy and its application to the oil industry for a major oil service company in Aberdeen

I was awarded the degree of DSc from the University of Wales in 1983 and was elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1985.

Current research interests

My special interests as noted above include the mineralogy of soils and rocks, particularly clay minerals, in relation to the properties and behaviour of these materials. For this reason I am very interested in the way clay mineralogy can be applied in different spheres of life, recent examples being the clay mineralogy of geophagic rocks and soils and the development of a course to be given in the Institute on the application of clay mineralogy to the petroleum industry.


Scientific Posters / Conferences

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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.