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Dr Fotis Sgouridis

Dr Fotis Sgouridis

Dr Fotis Sgouridis
PhD(Lond.), MSc(Lond.), BSc(Thess.)

Laboratory Manager

Office G14.4n
University Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1SS
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+44 (0) 117 928 8078

Summary

My role as the Laboratory Manager is to oversee operations in the School of Geographical Sciences laboratory platform (BIOGAS, LOWTEX, AQUALAB, MICROLAB), manage the laboratory budget and technical staff and support and contribute to research and teaching activities in the laboratory.

In terms of research I am broadly interested in the biogeochemistry of nitrogen (N) and carbon (C) across a range of terrestrial and aquatic environments. My doctoral and postdoctoral research in soil biogeochemistry focuses on the effect of land use management and landscape position on nitrogen and carbon cycling and greenhouse gas emissions in terrestrial ecosystems. My research to date has aimed on the one hand to advance mechanistic understanding of key biogeochemical processes and on the other to produce results that can be translated into environmental policy and is of direct relevance to climate change science.

My vision is to continue my research in investigating the soil-plant-atmosphere interactions in a changing climate and land use context using novel experimental paradigms (e.g. laboratory and field manipulations) and cutting-edge analytical approaches (e.g. C and N stable isotopes). I am also interested in elucidating the role and relative importance of alternative nitrogen transformation processes such as Dissimilatory Nitrate Reduction to Ammonium (DNRA) and Anaerobic Ammonium Oxidation (Anammox) in terrestrial environments.

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.

Teaching

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2015) and I have considerable experience of teaching Environmental Science at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I have been teaching (lectures, plus field and laboratory activities), in the Water Quality Module and North Wales field course at Keele University (2014-2015). Moreover, at Keele I have supervised two Erasmus students during their six month research training in biogeochemical methods and two final year undergraduate dissertation projects in Environmental Science. Additionally, I have been successful in obtaining funding for an undergraduate summer studentship from the Analytical Chemistry Trust fund (2013) for a project investigating: ‘Dissimilatory nitrate reduction in soil: Development of the microdiffusion-hypobromite oxidation technique for determining 15N isotope in NH4+ in different soil types’.

Keywords

  • Soil Biogeochemistry
  • Climate Change
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • N & C cycling

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