Contact Dr Nick Girkin
Areas of expertise
- Plants and microbes
- Soil Resources
- Sustainable Land Systems
I am an ecologist interested in the interactions between plants and soils, and the consequences of global environmental change.
My work focuses on the regulation of greenhouse gas production and emissions, and the opportunities for mitigating fluxes and improving carbon sequestration and soil health in natural and managed ecosystems, and the impacts of land use and climate changes on these processes. This is important in helping countries and industry in meeting greenhouse gas reduction targets, and improving the long-term sustainability of natural and managed ecosystems.
My work ranges from studies of large scale-ecosystem processes, to measurements of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide fluxes on the ground and in the lab, and integrating these measurements with standard and novel techniques to understand pathways and processes. This includes using stable isotopes and novel organic matter characterisations (e.g. Rock-Eval pyrolysis and FTIR).
After studying biology at the University of Durham, I completed my Master's in Ecology and Environmental Management at the University of York, and my PhD at the University of Nottingham. I conducted my post-doctoral research at Teagasc, working on the mitigation of agricultural nitrous oxide emissions. Following this, I was a Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham, measuring greenhouse gas fluxes from the Central African peatland complex. I am a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and a Member of the British Ecological Society.
Currently, there are no fully-funded postdoc or PhD studentships available. Self-funded researchers are welcome, and I am happy to support candidates in pursuing funding applications. Please get in touch to discuss further.
Royal Geographical Society
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Articles In Journals
- Girkin NT, Lopes dos Santos RA, Vane CH, Ostle N, Turner BL & Sjögersten S (2020) Peat properties, dominant vegetation type and microbial community structure in a tropical peatland, Wetlands, Available online 20 April 2020.
- Dhandapani S, Girkin NT, Evers S, Ritz K & Sjögersten S (2020) Is intercropping an environmentally-wise alternative to established oil palm monoculture in tropical peatlands?, Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, 3 Article No. 70.
- Girkin N, Vane CH, Turner B, Ostle N & Sjogersten S (2020) Root oxygen mitigates methane fluxes in tropical peatlands, Environmental Research Letters, 15 (6) Article No. 064013. Dataset/s: 10.17862/cranfield.rd.12032145
- O'Neill R, Girkin N, Krol D, Wall D, Brennan F, Lanigan G, Renou-Wilson F, Müller C & Richards K (2020) The effect of carbon availability on N2O emissions is moderated by soil phosphorus, Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 142 (March) Article No. 107726.
- Girkin N, Dhandapani S, Evers S, Ostle N, Turner B & Sjögersten S (2020) Interactions between labile carbon, temperature and land use regulate carbon dioxide and methane production in tropical peat, Biogeochemistry, 147 (1) 87-97.
- Somers C, Girkin N, Rippey B, Lanigan G & Richards K (2019) The effects of urine nitrogen application rate on nitrogen transformations in grassland soils, Journal of Agricultural Science, 157 (6) 515-522.
- Girkin N. Vane C, Cooper H, Moss-Hayes V, Craigon J, Turner B, Ostle N & Sjögersten S (2019) Spatial variability of organic matter properties determines methane fluxes in a tropical forested peatland, Biogeochemistry, 142 (2) 231-245.
- Cooper H, Vane C, Evers S, Aplin P, Girkin N & Sjögersten S (2019) From peat swamp forest to oil palm plantations: The stability of tropical peatland carbon, Geoderma, 342 109-117.
- Girkin N, Turner B, Ostle N, Craigon J & Sjögersten S (2018) Root exudate analogues accelerate CO2 and CH4 production in tropical peat, Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 117 48-55.
- Girkin N, Turner B, Ostle N & Sjögersten S (2018) Root-derived CO2 flux from a tropical peatland, Wetlands Ecology and Management, 26 (5) 985-991.
- Upton A, Vane C, Girkin N, Turner B & Sjögersten S (2018) Does litter input determine carbon storage and peat organic chemistry in tropical peatlands?, Geoderma, 326 76-87.
- Girkin N, Turner B. Ostle N & Sjögersten S (2018) Composition and concentration of root exudate analogues regulate greenhouse gas fluxes from tropical peat, Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 127 280-285.