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Dr Fotis Sgouridis

Biography

I have a BSc (hons) in Biology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece - 2002), where I specialised in Freshwater Ecology and specifically the use of macroinvertebrates as ecological indicators for assessing river water quality. I then moved to the UK where I obtained an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London (2003) focusing on environmental policy and water resource management. Between 2003 and 2005 I worked as a Water Framework Directive policy officer for Natural England and the School of Geography at Royal Holloway University of London. In 2005 I started my PhD research at Queen Mary University of London in Soil Biogeochemistry looking at the nitrate attenuation mechanisms in restored river floodplains and buffer zones. After receiving my PhD in 2010, I joined the Integrated Waste Systems group at the Open University as a research associate supporting research on biodegradability testing and greenhouse gas emissions from composting processes. In 2012 I moved to Keele University as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Nitrogen Biogeochemistry to work on the Macronutrient NERC funded program: "LTLS - Analysing and simulating long-term and large-scale interactions of carbon nitrogen and phosphorus in UK land, freshwater and atmosphere". My PDRA research aimed at:

  • Measuring in situ N2 and N2O fluxes due to denitrification in natural (peatlands & forests) and semi-natural (improved and unimproved grasslands) land use types using 15N tracers
  • Assessing the relative controls of the denitrification process in relation to land use management
  • Validating the predicted nitrogen losses due to denitrification by a national scale UK model developed as part of the NERC consortium

In 2015 I joined the University of Bristol as the Laboratory Manager of the laboratory suite at the School of Geographical Sciences.