Contact Dr Lynda Deeks

Areas of expertise

  • Carbon, Climate and Risk
  • Environmental Policy
  • Monitoring and Environmental Informatics
  • Soil
  • Soil Resources
  • Sustainable Land Systems


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
  • Use of Polyacrylamide (PAM) to prevent soil capping and soil splash
  • Alleviation of subsoil compaction using selective cover crops
  • Soil management advice for tea growers in Kenya


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

  • Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Energy Institute
  • Environment Agency
  • Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB)
  • Royal Agricultural Society of England
  • UK research councils
  • Utility companies.


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers


  • 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.