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Professor Philip Haygarth of Soil and Water Science


Philip Haygarth

Lancaster University

LEC Building



Tel: +44 1524 510224

Research Interests

Professor Phil Haygarth leads the Sustainable Catchments Research Challenge Area for Lancaster University, and has personal research that focuses at this interface between soils and freshwaters, with a focus on diffuse pollution and potential runoff control.  His research work involves studying the way in which soils can be encouraged to hold fertilizer nutrients at an optimal level to supply plants for food production, but critically defining conditions that prevent the unwanted leakage of nitrogen and phosphorus out to fresh-waterways.  The practical impact of my research has been to help the UK government, and others around the world, develop policies that help farmers and catchment managers optimize plant uptake of nutrients but minimize losses to water.  Often this involves efforts to reduce runoff energy, which can have dual benefits for both diffuse pollution and flood control. Specific lines of research and impact include:

  • Development and maintaining ‘Demonstration Test Catchments’ that can help provide a focal meeting point for policy makers, farmers and researchers.
  • A focus on plant types that have particular benefit traits, such as the potential to be efficient users of phosphorus or rooting qualities that ‘soak up’ runoff water.
  • A consideration of what may happen to flooding and diffuse pollution under future climate change scenarios which predict warmer wetter winters and hotter drier summers

Phil proudly leads the National Centre for Doctoral Training on Soil Science funded by NERC and BBSRC called STARS http://www.starsoil.org.uk/

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