Contact Dr Jacqueline Hannam

Areas of expertise


Jack joined Cranfield University in 2004 as a Research Officer in Soil Systems focusing on pedology and soil hydrology. Prior to that she worked at ETH Zurich and the University of Liverpool as a PDRA on various projects related to environmental magnetism. She has a degree in Environmental Science from the University of East Anglia and a PhD in soil magnetism from the University of Liverpool.  

She is a Council Member of the British Society of Soil Science (BSSS) and is chair of the Education and Outreach committee. She is an Associate Editor for the journal Soil Use and Management. She is a passionate science communicator and has been involved in many national outreach activities including Soapbox Science and Open Farm Sunday.

Current activities

Jack's research focuses how soil changes at field to landscape scales, in particular how this affects soil functions and how we manage our soil resources. She uses digital soil mapping techniques to model and predict how soil properties change in the landscape.  She is interested in how we can use environmental data and technology to better understand soil systems and provide the necessary support to manage soil sustainably at the farm level. Her extensive field experience in soil survey and classification extends to the UK and Europe. She also has expertise in the environmental magnetic properties of soils and sediments and has applied this in military contexts.

Recent projects include developing a decision support system to minimise soil damage during sugar beet harvest (KTP with British Sugar), cover crops for soil health in salad rotations (Gs Growers), effect of afforestation on soil carbon stocks (Forestry Commission), review of the evidence base of soil threats in Wales (Welsh Government) and the Irish Soil Information System (Teagasc).

She teaches soil science on the MSc Agrifood and Environment programmes at Cranfield. She has also led advanced training courses in soil systems for NERC and delivered bespoke courses in soil science for professionals.


NERC, Forestry Commission, Welsh Government, Defra, Dstl


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers


  • Simo I, Constanje R, Fealy R, Hallett SH, Hannam J, Holden N, Jahns G, Jones B, Massey P, Mayr T, McDonald E, Reidy B, Schulte R, Sills P, Spaargaren O, Zawadka J & Creamer RE (2014) Mapping Soils in Ireland. In: GlobalSoilMap: Basis of the global spatial soil information system, CRC Press.
  • Keay CA & Hannam JA (2013) Soil Data from the United Kingdom (England and Wales). In: European HYdropedological Data Inventory (EU-HYDI). Weynands M, Montanarella L, Toth G (ed.), Luxembourg: European Union, p. 111-115, ed. JRC 81129.
  • Hannam JA, Hollis JM & Jones RJA (2007) SPADE2: The soil profile analytical database for Europe. In: Status and prospect of soil information in south-eastern Europe: soil databases, projects and applications, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities.