Contact Dr Christopher McCloskey

Areas of expertise

  • Soil


Dr Christopher McCloskey completed his PhD at Cranfield in 2021, investigating plant-driven turnover of soil carbon. Following this he worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Cranfield. This included work on how soil profiles can be created from construction by-products to support the creation of biodiverse calcareous grassland habitats.

In 2023 Chris started a 75th Anniversary Research Fellowship to investigate interactions between plant roots and soil properties and processes. This project aims to bridge the gap between lab-based research and real-world field conditions to (1) explore how root traits affect soil C stability by regulating soil properties; (2) identify and trial crops traits which may promote soil C storage; and (3) develop ways to predict how plant-induced soil environment changes affect C stocks.

Research opportunities

• Soil-plant interactions

• Soil carbon dynamic

• Strategies to increase soil carbon sequestration and storage, such as enhanced silicate weathering

• The role of soils in habitat restoration


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