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Zisis Gagkas

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Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
Research Scientist
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


Zisis is an interdisciplinary researcher with >15 years’ experience in land, soil and water resources research and geospatial analysis. He has experience in developing approaches for modelling the spatial distribution of soils and other environmental properties and functions using advanced statistical and geospatial data analysis techniques. His work focuses on integrating soils and other biophysical data within existing and new applications and frameworks for ecosystem services provision, land management and evaluation, and diffuse pollution and flooding mitigation.

Current research interests


 Zisis' research interests comprise:

  • Soil-water relationships and soil hydrological pathways' influence on river flows and chemistry at a catchment scale.

  • Digital Soil Mapping (DSM) techniques for predictive spatial modelling of soil properties and functions.

  • Spatial decision support systems for environmental modelling.

  • Climate change impacts on Natural Capital (habitats, soils, waters), including wildfire danger and risk.

Past research

Zisis has previously worked in the James Hutton Institute as a Macaulay Development Trust (MDT) Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2016-2019) in coupling Digital Soil Mapping with hydropedology by developing and applying DSM techniques for spatial predictive modelling of soil hydrological properties and functions.


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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.