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


I'm a biogeochemist. Through my research, I try to understand how plants and soil respond to - and influence - environmental change. 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


  • MSc, Soil Science, Wageningen University
  • PhD, Environmental Sciences, 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
AddressLaver Building
University of Exeter
North Park Road
Office hours

TERM 1, WEEK 8: Monday 10:00-11:00 & Tuesday 15:30-16:30 

TERM 1, WEEK 9: Wednesday 11:00-12:00 & Friday 10:00-11:00

All other weeks:

Monday 10:00-11:00 & Friday 10:00-11:00  (or email and we'll find a mutually agreeable time)  

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