Dr Kees Jan Van Groenigen
Senior Lecturer in Climate and Environmental Science


I'm a biogeochemist. Through my research, I try to increase understanding of how plants and soil respond to and influence environmental change. To be a bit more specific: my research focuses on how agricultural practices and future atmospheric conditions affect the flow of carbon and nutrients through plants and soil. I have studied carbon and nutrient cycles in a wide range of ecosystems, including grasslands, cropland, temperate forests and rice paddies. I often use meta-analytic techniques to synthesize findings in my field of research. I also study the role of soil microbes in carbon and nitrogen cycles, using techniques such as incubation experiments, isotopic tracers and analyses of biomarkers.

Broad research specialisms:

  • Elevated atmospheric CO2
  • Soil microbiology
  • Rice agriculture
  • Plant-soil interactions
  • Meta-analysis and data synthesis


2007                  PhD, Environmental Sciences (Wageningen University)

2002                  MSc, Soil Science, (Wageningen University)


2017-present     Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter

2016                 Visiting Professor, University of California – Davis

2015-2016         Assistant Research Professor, Northern Arizona University

2012-2015         Postdoctoral scholar, Northern Arizona University

2007-2012         Research fellow, Trinity College Dublin

Contact details

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Tel+44 (0) 1392 724619
AddressInnovation Centre
University of Exeter
Rennes Drive
OfficeUnit L1

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