Projects per year
Areas of Expertise
Soil science, soil carbon, soil ecosystem services, biochar, contaminated land, remediation, pollutant/contaminant fate in the environment.
PhD Opportunity - 2023: Not all soil carbon is equal - FUNDED
Brian is Professor of Soil Science at the University of East Anglia and Adjunct Professor with the Chinese Academy of Science Institute for Urban Environment (Xiamen, China). He is a Technical Expert in Soil Quality to the BSI and a member of the ISO Soil Quality Technical Committee ‐ TC190.
Brian’s research has focused on: soil carbon; high carbon soil amendments e.g. biochar and paper crumble; soil interactions with contaminants agrochemicals, antibiotics and nutrients; the fate and transport of these agents in association with soil colloids and organic matter; contaminated land; remediation, and; pollutant risks and ecotoxicity.
Click for links for videos on PANEZA (Paper Crumble for Net-Zero Agriculture) and SAFECHEM (Safer Agrochemical Delivery) projects.
His research is (has recently been) supported by the EU Interreg FCE Program, UKRI and the Royal Society and industry. For
Brian has published >70 journal articles (~6000 citations); his H-index is 41.
Key Research Interests
Soil Carbon and Soil Microbiomes
Biochar and Pollution Abatement
We have improved understanding of soil carbon storage. This research has refined approaches to characterise carbon stability and model long-term fate of carbon in soils. This researcher is qualifying soil carbon storage “permanence”. For further information see: recycling paper to re-carbonise soil manuscript and Royal Society Capturing a Soil Carbon Economy manuscript
Soil Carbon and Soil Microbiomes
Collaborations with the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Zhejiang University have explored the relationships between soil carbon and the microbiomes they support. This researcher has elucidated linkages between stress, perturbation and augmentation in terms of soil organic matter chemodiversity and microbiome biodiversity. For further details see: Biochar manuscript; Forest Fire manuscript, and; Amendment manuscript.
Biochar and Pollution Abatement
Research at laboratory and field scales have shown the potential to biochar to remediate contaminated soils and mitigate pollutant exposure to “at risk” populations. To find out more see cancer village manuscript and an example biochar modification manuscript.
UEA Associate Pro Vice Chancellor for Reserch (2022-)
SCI Associate Dean for Innovation (2019-2022)
In 2009 I was the recipient of UEA’s highest award for Teaching Excellence - The Sir Geoffrey and Lady Allen Prize.
In 2007, I was admitted as a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
External Examiner (2018-2021): for BSc degrees in Ecolgical and Environmental Sceinces at The University of Edinburgh.
External Examiner (2015-2018): for two MSc programs at the University of Reading (MSc in Environmental Pollution / MSc in Environmental Management).
Earth Surface Processes
Land and Water Processes and Mangement
Research Group or Lab Membership
Soil carbon and soil ecosystem services
Energy Balance appraches to ecotoxicology
Cover crops and below-ground biodiversity: an ecological outlook.
Multi-disciplinary approach to assessing metaldehyde transport and fate in the environment at a catchment scale.
Lewis Peake (PhD) - Biochar amendment to improve soil properties and sequester carbon – fundamental research and GIS predictive land suitability modelling.
Alessia Freddo (PhD) - Biochar: for better or for worse.
Karen Hampson - Application of stable isotopes to assess in situ natural attenuation processes in a contaminated aquifer.
Godwin Unazi (MSc by Research)
Impact of vegetable oil upon soil respiration and the application of chemical oxidation for the amelioration of soil contaminated with vegetable oil.
Dr Son Trinh
Application of river bank filtration to remove pesticide residues.
Dr Agnieszka Latawiec
On the way forward into bioaccessibility implementation
Dr Marina Isla Espinoza
Effects of veterinary antibiotics in soil microbial communities
Dr Patricia Asanga
Rapid bioassays for effect-directed analysis of pesticides in water and sediments.
Dr Zachary Hickman
The prediction of bioremediation potential and the application of novel bioremediation approaches.
Dr Beke Sese
Assessment of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon toxicity using the free living nematode Caenorhabditis elegans
Dr Paulette Posen
Groundwater vulnerability mapping: application to pesticide contamination in England.
Dr Annika Swindell
Appraisal of extraction techniques for the prediction of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon bioavailability.
Member of NERC Peer Review College (2016-present).
British Standards Institute (BSI) National Expert and International Standards Organisation (ISO) International Expert (2014-present).
London Technology Network Business Fellow (2007-2010).
President and Director of the UK Branch of the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) (2007-2008).
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
Doctor of Philosophy, Lancaster University
Award Date: 1 Jan 2000
Bachelor of Science, University of Edinburgh
Award Date: 1 Jan 1996
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Abating antibiotic resistant gene transfer through the re-carbonisation of soil
31/03/22 → 30/03/24
RCSfW Reconstructed Soils from Waste (RECSOIL)
European Regional Development Fund
28/01/21 → 30/06/23
Carbon Capture for Soil Ecosystem Service Enhancement
1/10/20 → 31/03/24
Anglian Water / Sandringham Estate – Soil Carbon Profiling
4/01/22 → 31/07/22
Mitigating heavy metal accumulation into rice (Oryza sativa L.) using biochar amendment — a field experiment in Hunan, ChinaZheng, R., Chen, Z., Cai, C., Tie, B., Liu, X., Reid, B., Huang, Q., Lei, M., Sun, G. & Baltrenaite, E., 22 Mar 2015, In: Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 22, 14, p. 11097-11108
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review122 Citations (Scopus)
Optimizing Peri-URban Ecosystems (PURE) to re-couple urban-rural symbiosisZhu, Y-G., Reid, B. J., Meharg, A. A., Banwart, S. A. & Fu, B-J., 15 May 2017, In: Science of the Total Environment. 586, p. 1085–1090
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile77 Citations (Scopus)25 Downloads (Pure)
Recycling paper to recarbonise soilMao, L., Keenor, S. G., Cai, C., Kilham, S., Murfitt, J. & Reid, B. J., 15 Nov 2022, In: Science of the Total Environment. 847, 157473.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile6 Downloads (Pure)
The removal of arsenic from solution through biochar-enhanced precipitation of calcium-arsenic derivativesZama, E. F., Li, G., Tang, Y-T., Reid, B. J., Ngwabie, N. M. & Sun, G-X., 1 Jan 2022, In: Environmental Pollution. 292, 118241.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile17 Citations (Scopus)3 Downloads (Pure)
Capturing a soil carbon economyKeenor, S. G., Rodrigues, A. F., Mao, L., Latawiec, A. E., Harwood, A. R. & Reid, B. J., Apr 2021, In: Royal Society Open Science. 8, 4, 202305.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile13 Citations (Scopus)16 Downloads (Pure)