Dr Brian Reid is a graduate of The University of Edinburgh University (BSc (hons) First Class Environmental Chemistry) and Lancaster University (PhD).

Brian is a Reader in Soil Science at the University of East Anglia and Adjunct Professor with the Chinese Academy of Science Institute for Urban Environment (Xiamen, China). Brian is a Technical Expert in Soil Quality to the BSI and a member of the ISO Soil Quality Technical Committee ‐ TC190.

Brian has published >60 journal articles; these have accrued 3500 citations; his H-index is 25.

Brian’s research has focused on: soil interactions with contaminants agrochemicals, antibiotics and nutrients; the fate and transport of these agents in association with soil colloids and organic matter; contaminated land; biochar; remediation, and; pollutant risks and ecotoxicity. His current research relates to: i) the fate, availability and risk associated with chemicals in the environment, ii) the role of soil carbon in controlling soil structure, soil hydrology and chemical mobility, iii) the mobilisation of soil organic matter and soil colloids during intense rainfall events, iv) innovation to minimise pesticide release into the environment, and iv) environmental applications of biochars.

PhD Studentships Available

Soil carbon tipping points for pesticide regulation (REID_UENV17EE)


PhD Positions

Click here for other current PhD opportunities in the School of Environmental Sciences. However, feel free to email me to discuss projects outside these areas and alternative sources of funding.


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