Soil: Life support for life itself!

I've written about why soil is important and how to protect it. The UK only has 30-40 years of fertile soils left if we continue to degrade soils at current rates; without soil, we won't have food.

I've decided to showcase my favourite tweets each month until I get bored of doing it. Most will probably be relating to science, agriculture and the environment, but there may also be the odd one that just made me laugh.

Vegans vs. farmers: Healthy debate or all-out war?

I am sick of seeing nasty narratives coming from both vegans and farmers. The most frustrating part is that we're talking about a tiny minority of both groups; most vegans are peaceful and non-judgemental, and most farmers are just doing their best to feed the country, with most genuinely caring about their animals. I'm not against a healthy debate to express your views, but recently the rhetoric has been all-out war and that's not productive.

The prevalence and distribution of sheep scab in Wales: a farmer questionnaire survey

Sheep scab is an infectious disease of welfare and economic importance. We carried out a study to determine the prevalence and distribution of sheep scab in Wales.

Farming to increase productivity whilst protecting the environment: Sustainable Intensification

I've written about what sustainable intensification is, the challenges it faces, and how it could lead to increased food production without further damaging the environment.

What have I learnt from the first few weeks of my PhD?

The first 6 weeks of my PhD has consisted of a lot of reading, meetings, commuting, and getting to grips with an entirely new discipline. It's been exciting and challenging, but I thought I'd share a few things I've learnt about how to improve my efficiency: To write my own dictionary/abbreviation book It has dinosaurs on... Continue Reading →

Why Halloween IS scary

Every year I see streams of carved pumpkins on social media, many of which are genuinely impressive and bursting with artistic flair. I'm not against pumpkin carving as an activity, I'm against how much pumpkin is wasted every year as people discard the pumpkin flesh and seeds after carving their masterpieces. If everyone ate their... Continue Reading →

Can we live with a warmer planet?

'Humanity is performing an unprecedented experiment on global temperatures, releasing millions of parts of carbon which had been sequestered for millions of years.' - Mark Lynas, Author of 6 Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet I've always been fascinated by climate change, so I was excited to attend a recent discussion at the University... Continue Reading →

PhD: First day!

Today was a very big day: I started my PhD! I decided to write a quick post about how my first day went to give other readers some idea of what to expect if they're due to embark a PhD; there's nothing worse than having that awful 'fear of the unknown' feeling. 

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