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Dr David Robinson

My research

My research interests focus on change in soil properties and processes within ecosystems driven by land-use and climate change, their spatial and temporal description, and their linkage to hydrology and ecology. Main interests include soil moisture and property determination from plot to regional and national scales, landscape scale monitoring and assessment of soil change, and using technologies and instrumentation, ranging from geophysical methods to i-device apps, to collect spatial information on soils within the context of natural capital and ecosystem service assessment.

My journey

My wife and I both have a strong Christian faith, this carries us through life's journey, family and careers follow in priority. My science career has had to be flexible. The moves we have made have either been forced (e.g. due to my job ending after Sept 11 attacks), for advancement (e.g. Stanford), to give something back (e.g. Trinidad), or to help family (e.g. move to the UK). Circumstances have forced me to take several career demotions and my wife has had to leave a long term job in California (the two family career scientist problem) so we could stay together, but this is a price worth paying for building and helping family. The adoption, time meeting parents care needs, and death of parents has occurred mostly whilst we have worked for the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. CEH, and in particular Bridget Emmett, our section head, have proved to be sensitive and supportive employers.

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