Professor Mark Kibblewhite
Professor of Applied Soil Science
Location: Building 53, Cranfield campus
T: +44 (0)1234 750111 x8015
Environmental Science and Technology
Professor Mark Kibblewhite's research is on soil resource policy and monitoring and understanding soil degradation processes. He is focused on the implications of global change including climate change for land-based natural resources and on how the scientific and engineering communities can contribute to effective adaptation strategy development and delivery.
- European Commission
- Environmental Protection Agency Ireland
- Landcare Research, New Zealand
- Royal Agricultural Society of England
Professor Mark Kibblewhite BA MBA PhD DipM CSci CChem FRSC CEnv FIAgrE has 35 years experience in environmental and agricultural sciences and more than 25 years expertise in the management of science. He joined Cranfield in 2002 as a Professor in the National Soil Resources Institute and was its Director before becoming Head of the Natural Resources Department. In 2010, he left his management role to concentrate on consulting, research and teaching and to set up a new Cranfield Programme in Science for Environmental Policy.
He graduated in chemistry from York and was a MAFF Soil Science PhD student at Aberdeen where he also did post-doctoral research on aqueous organic matter. After working in scientific operations with Severn Trent Water, he lectured at Fort Hare University, South Africa, the alma mater of Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo, whilst researching links between geochemistry and esophageal cancer. He returned to the UK in 1983 and joined the Scientific Civil Service, first with the Agricultural Development and Advisory Service and then at Warren Spring Laboratory, as Head of the Chemical Analysis Division, researching trace environmental measurement of metals, acid rain, PCBs, dioxins and furans. He completed an MBA at Cranfield University in 1991 and joined Welsh Water plc in 1993 as a Divisional Managing Director in Hyder Consulting Ltd. In 1998, he became Head of Land Quality at the Environment Agency with responsibility for the environmental regulation of soil, contaminated land, agriculture and related industries.