Richard Bardgett is British ecologist and Professor of Ecology at The University of Manchester. He graduated from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1987 with a degree in Soil and Land Resource Science, and then moved to Lancaster University, where he gained his PhD in 1991. He then held posts at the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research and the Universities of Manchester and Lancaster, where he established the Soil and Ecosystem Ecology Group. Richard recently returned to The University of Manchester where he is now Professor of Ecology. He is currently President of the British Ecological Society.
Over the last twenty five years, Richard's research has led to mechanistic and conceptual advances in the area of plant-soil interactions, with a particular focus on understanding impacts of plants on soil microbial communities and feedback consequences for plant growth and ecosystem processes, especially carbon and nitrogen cycling. His research takes him to many parts of the world, but most of his current work is focussed on grasslands. Richard has published over 260 scientific papers, inlcuding many highly cited works in leading journals, such as Nature and Science, and is routinely recognised (since 2009) by Thomas Reuters as as Highly Cited Researcher in ecology and environment sciences. He has also authored and co-authored several books, including the award winning Biology of Soil (2005), Aboveground-Belowground Interactions (2010), and his recent book Earth Matters: How Soil Underpins Civilization (2016), all published by Oxford University Press.
Richard is a Senior Editor of Journal of Ecology and a long-standing member of the Editorial Boards of Ecology Letters and Ecosystems. He is a Visiting Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, Chair of BBSRC's Committee E, and member of the Board of Directors of Rothamsted, BBSRC's Research Advisory Panel, and the Netherlands Institute of Ecology Scientific Advisory Board. He was Vice President of the British Ecological Society (2011-2014) and was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2006, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology in 2011, and a member of Academia Europaea in 2015.
Richard has a long-standing commitment to promoting awarness of soil biodiversuty research. To this end, he was a founder member of the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative (GSBI), established in 2011 to create a global platform for the translation of expert knowledge on soil biodiversity into policy, and he contributed to the UN's Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils report The Status of the World's Soil Resources (2015) and the UK Governments Soil Health Enquiry (2016) and Climate Change Risk Assessment (2017). He was also a coordinating lead author of the UK's National Ecosystem Assessment (2011).
2017- President British Ecological Society
2017-2019 Member Royal Society International Exchanges Committee
2014-2016 Member Royal Society Biological Sciences Grants Panel
2014-present Member Centre for Ecology and Hydrology Science Development Group
2011-2014 Vice President British Ecological Society
2013-present Chair BBSRC Research Committee E
2013-present Member BBSRC Research Advisory Panel
2013-present Reader L'Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science Fellowships
2012-2013 NERC Soil Security Programme Lead
2010-present Member BBSRC Strategic Lola Committee and Appointments Board
2009-present Director, Rothamsted Board of Directors
2007-present Scientific Advisory Committee Netherlands Insititute for Ecology (NIOO)
2006-present Editor Journal of Ecology
2006-present Editorial Board Ecology Letters and Ecosystems
2017 Listed as Highly Cited Researcher
2015 Elected Member Academia Europaea
2015 Doctor Honoris Causa, Hasselt University, Belgium
2015 Thomas Rueters Highly Cited Research
2011 Visiting Professor Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
2011 Elected Fellow Royal Society Biology (FRSB)
2009 ISI Highly Cited Researcher
2009 Visiting Researcher, NERC Centre for Population Biology, Silwood Park.
2006 Elected Fellow Royal Society New Zealand
2006 March Ecology Book of the Year Award, BES
2003 Erskine Fellow, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
1998 OECD Fellowship, Landcare Research, New Zealand
1995 Recipient BBSRC Science Communication Award
1992 George Stapleton Memorial Fellow, DSIRO, Upper Hutt, New Zeland
1986 Syndney Houre Collons Prize, University of Newcastle
Current grants as lead investigator
BBSRC GCRF (2017-2019) Restoring soil function and resilience to degraded grasslands. Total £644,647 (with co-I's Nick Ostle and John Quinton, Lancaster)
NERC (2016-2019) Soil microbial community dynamics and biogeochemical cycles under global change: effects of climate and vegetation change in apline ecosystems. Total £799,965 (with co-I's R. Griffiths, M. Bahn and M. Schloter)
NERC (2015-2018) Controls on the stability of soil and their functioning under land use and climate change. Total £1.6 million (with co-I's D Johnson, E Baggs, T Caruso, M Emmerson)
NERC (2016-2017) Controls on the stability of soil and their functioning capital equipment. Total £300k
NERC (2011-2016) Biodiversity and the provision of multiple ecosystem services in current and future lowland multifunctional landscapes. Total £554,000 (Soil component of NERC Wessex-BESS with James Bullock)
NERC (2017-2019) Resilience and regime shifts in peatland microbial communities. Total £340,000.
BBSRC (2011-2017) Linkages between plant functional diversity, soil biological communities and ecosystem services in agricultural grasslands. Total £1.45 million (with co-I's E Baggs, D. Johnson, N Ostle).
BBSRC (2014-2018) A plant-microbial framework for interrogating soil functioning. Total £41,868.
BBSRC Optimizing grazing management for climate mitigation. Total £94,126.