NIAB Agronomy

Dr Elizabeth Stockdale

Elizabeth has over 25 years applied soil and nutrient management research experience and has engaged with a wide range of research projects connected with the study of nutrient cycling in soils and with the environmental impact of farming systems. At the smallest scale she has applied isotope dilution techniques to investigate mineralisation, immobilisation and nitrification processes. Most recently she has been very active in developing farmer-focussed approaches to measurement of soil health and developing on-farm toolkits for improved soil management.

Mr Ian Midgley

Ian has worked at NIAB since 2007, having previously studied agriculture at Newcastle University.

After five years working as a trials officer at NIAB's Headley Hall regional centre in North Yorkshire, he moved to NIAB Cambridge to become the organisation's national trials coordinator. Now based back at Headley Hall, but in the same role Ian’s responsibilities include contract-management of all cereal variety trials and coordination of NIAB TAG Membership trials.

Mr Nick Watson

Nick manages the service delivery from NIAB’s Field Trial, Glasshouse and Laboratory teams covering agricultural and horticultural crop species. He ensure NIAB works with industry to find solutions for the efficacy testing or evaluation of their material, technology or variety, ensures projects are run efficiently, cost effectively and successfully and acts as the channel for new customers to rapidly get connected with the correct specialist and determine their needs.

Dr Lydia Smith

Research interests

Dr Lydia Smith joined NIAB in 1997 and initially managed the expansion of research across NIAB groups. She established and ran the Novel and Non Food Crops area, which remains an important part of NIAB’s work. With a BSc. in Botany from the University of Sheffield, an MSc, from Reading University and a PhD from the University of East London. She spent postdoctoral periods at UEA and Luton University, with periods lecturing in soil/environmental science at the University of Luton and in reclamation science on M.Sc. courses at the University of East London.

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