Areas of expertise

Background

Lynda graduated in Geography from the University of Plymouth and subsequently studied for a PhD in Physical Geography at the University of Plymouth. Her PhD, which investigated preferential and matrix flow in a mole drained soil block lead on to a Post Doctoral position based at the University of Plymouth and Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research at North Wyke, Devon. Following on from this Lynda was based at the Scottish Crop Research Institute, Dundee, know part of the James Hutton Institute, where she was responsible for coordinating an experimental program relating to hydro/chemical modelling across a range of physical scales from sub 1 cm 2 to 1 km 2. She joined Cranfield University in May 2003 as a Research Scientist based at the North Wyke office in Devon. Lynda still remains a Devon based member of Cranfield University.

Current activities

Current research interests include:

  • Causes, consequences and remediation of soil compaction
  • Visual soil assessment
  • Soil erosion and its mitigation
  • Sustainable soil management

Other activities:

  • Dissemination of soil information through NSRI eZine

Clients

Lynda undertakes research and consultancy work for a range of clients, including:

  • Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Energy Institute
  • Environment Agency
  • Horticultural Development Company
  • Royal Agricultural Society of England
  • UK research councils
  • Utility companies.

Publications

Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • Hallett SH & Deeks L (2012) A history of Soil Survey in England and Wales. In: EGU General Assembly, Vienna, 15-20 April 2012.
  • Clarke MA, Creamer RE, Deeks LK, Gowing D, Holman, Jones R, Palmer RC, Potts S, Rickson RJ, Ritz, Thompson TRE, Truckell, Vickery J, Whalley R & Woodcock B (2008) Soil compaction in Wales. In: Welsh Soil Discussion Group Meeting, Bangor, Wales, 1 November 2008.
  • Holman IP, Whitehead J & Deeks LK (2007) Using SWAT to support the Habitats Directive in the UK- a case study from the east of England. In: 4th international SWAT conference , Delft, The Netherlands, 4 July 2007.
  • Clarke MA, Creamer RE, Deeks LK, Gowing D, Holman IP, Jones RJA, Palmer RC, Potts S, Rickson RJ, Ritz K, Thompson TRE, Truckell IG, Vickery J, Whalley R & Woodcock B (2007) Soil compaction in England and Wales : a vulnerability assessment, state-of knowledge and recommendations for future research. In: Soils - fit for purpose ? : BSSS Annual Meeting 2007, Aberystwyth, UK, 1 September 2007.
  • Sakrabani R, Pawlett M, Read R & Deeks LK Optimising phosphorus supply from nutrient enriched sludge granules using diffusive gradient in thin films (DGT). In: 16th European Biosolids and Organic Resources Conference, Leeds, 14 November 2011.

Books

  • Sakrabani R, Deeks LK, Kibblewhite MG & Ritz K (2012) Impacts of Agriculture on Soil Quality. In: Environmental Impacts of Modern Agriculture. Hester RE, Harrison RM (ed.), London: Royal Society of Chemistry, p. 35-56.
  • Duzant JH, Morgan RPC, Wood GA & Deeks LK (2011) Modelling the role of vegetated buffer strips in reducing transfer of sediment from land to water courses.. In: Handbook of erosion modelling, Blackwell publishing.
  • Deeks LK, Bengough AG, Low D, Zhang X, Young IM, Crawford JW, Chessell JM & Billett MF (2001) Spatial analysis of soil physical properties in a UK upland subcatchment.. In: Spatial analysis of soil physical properties in a UK upland subcatchment., Quantitative Geology and Geostatistic Series, Kluwer.