Iain Gould is a soil scientist in the Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology (LIAT),
I am interested in how land management and vegetation composition can impact on soil function.
Current projects focus on the impact of coastal flooding to agricultural soils in Lincolnshire, long term effects of brackish/saline irrigation to crops and soils, and the influence of different plant roots on soil structure. I also work on soil applications for other LIAT projects with agri-robotics and remote sensing,
My PhD was in plant-soil interactions at Lancaster University, where I looked into the impact of plant biodiversity, and associated root traits, on soil physical properties such as aggregation, strength and hydrological properties.
Prior to joining the LIAT team at Lincoln, I had several years experience working in industry as a soil science consultant. This involved work such as soil surveying, topsoil testing and reporting, soil management planning, drainage tests and failed planting investigations in a range of environments - from forests, deserts and farmland, to urban areas like parks, back gardens and sports pitches.