Professor Richard Bardgett's research is broadly concerned with understanding the role of interactions between plant and soil communities in regulating the structure and function of terrestrial ecosystems, and their response to global change.
A key goal is to develop a mechanistic and conceptual understanding of how soil biodiversity and ecosystem processes, such as carbon and nutrient cycling, are influenced by plant species, and how nutrient cycling and plant community dynamics across different temporal and spatial scales are influenced by soil biodiversity. In addition, his research looks at how these interactions are affected by, and can potentially mitigate, climate change.
A major focus of Professor Bardgett's current research is applying these concepts to the development of sustainable management options for agriculture, biodiversity and the delivery of ecosystem services, especially carbon sequestration and efficient nutrient cycling. The Soil and Ecosystem Ecology Group at Manchester is supported by funds from NERC, BBSRC, the EU, and Defra, and welcomes enquiries from those interested in joining the group.