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Adetunji Alex Adekanmbi – University of Reading

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Adetunji Alex Adekanmbi

Impact of climate change on soil respiration and resilience.

There is a growing interest in understanding the biogeochemical mechanisms that regulate exchanges of carbon between the land and atmosphere, and how these exchanges will respond to future environmental change. Accurate data on soil microbial respiration is necessary for calculating soil carbon sequestration rate and ecosystem carbon balance. My research therefore explores the complex mechanisms by which soil microbial communities perform functions that mineralise soil organic matter and release CO2 into the atmosphere. I'm investigating how these microbial communities react to different patterns of temperature change both in the laboratory and in the field. I am also discovering how the soil microbial communities performing such functions respond and recover from disturbances and perturbations caused by extreme climatic events. The overall aim of my research is to provide data to increase the accuracy with which we can predict the impact that environmental change will have on the further release of carbon stored in soils.

Funder : Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, UK.


About Me: 

I hold a B.Tech. Agriculture with Soil Science option (First class honours) from the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria and an MSc Soil Science (with Commendation) from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom. My MSc dissertation studied the "interaction between tillage and crop genotype diversity" and the results was presented at the Wageningen Soil Conference in August, 2015. I have more than five years of experience in Lecturing, teaching Soil Science at the University, prior to commencing my PhD. During the course of my PhD programme here at Reading, I have enjoyed contributing to teaching and learning at undergraduate and postgraduate (MSc) levels.

Due to my strong interest in Soil Science, I have enjoyed participating in the discussions during Soil Research Centre Annual meetings, annual Loddon Observatory meetings and the South East England Soil Discussion Group. I am currently a member of British Soil Science Society (BSSS), and Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN). I have authored peer reviewed Journals of both National and international reputes from and outside of my PhD works. I have also Contributed to both national and international conferences within and outside of United Kingdom both physically and virtually. I have served on the committee of Reading University Bible Study, leading discussions among undergraduate students and also work with a Church-base Charity Organization here at Reading as a Team lead for the Outreach Team.

Research Interests:

  • Soil Microbiology and biogeochemistry
  • Soil ecology
  • Soil Science
  • Agronomy

Research Groups:

Soil biogeochemistry

Land Surface Processes Cluster


Soil Research Centre

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Twitter: @alextunji1


 Dr Tom Sizmur (University of Reading)

Professor Liz Shaw (University of Reading)

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