Soils and Ecosystem Ecology Research Laboratory

The Soils and Ecosystem Ecology Research Laboratory is equipped with all the necessary equipment and machines for studying plant-soil interactions and soil biogeochemistry.

The laboratory supports the research of up to seven Professors and Lecturers, approximately 50 research staff and students, as well as undergraduate and masters projects. The group focuses upon plant-soil interactions, soil and ecosystem biogeochemistry, macronutrient cycles and greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to basic laboratory facilities, equipment and techniques available in the lab include analysis of:

  • Carbon, Nitrogen and Phosphate
  • phospholipid fatty acid (PLFA) and enzyme assays
  • raw fibre analysis
  • plant and soil respiration
  • greenhouse gas analysis
  • soil density fractionation

The lab also has a range of field equipment including infra-red gas analysers, soil moisture meters and soil respiration and photosynthesis chambers.

Group Lead

Professor Nick Ostle
Email: n.ostle@lancaster.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1524 593935

Laboratory Manager

Annette Ryan
Email: a.ryan@lancaster.ac.uk