Professor David J Read

School of Biosciences

Emeritus Professor
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Professor David J Read
School of Biosciences
Alfred Denny Building
Western Bank
S10 2TN
  • BSc (1960) PhD (1963) University of Hull
  • Junior Research Fellow, University of Sheffield (1963-1965)
  • Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader in Botany, University of Sheffield (1965-1990)
  • Professor of Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield (1990-2004)
  • Emeritus Professor of Plant Sciences (2004-present)
  • Millar Visiting Research Professor, University of California, Berkeley, USA (2003)
  • Elected to Fellowship of the Royal Society 1990 Leverhulme Senior Fellowship (1994-95)
Research interests

Plant Physiological Ecology, Plant Microbial-Interactions, Plant-Nutrient and Water Relations, Mobilisation of Soil Organic matter, Microbial Ecology, Pollution Biology. The role of plant-fungus symbioses of roots - mycorrhizas - with particular reference to their importance at the plant community and ecosystem levels.

Research group
  • Taher Abourguiba - Mutualism and antagonism in arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi
  • Rebecca Upson - The role of dark septate fungi in antarctic ecosystems (with K Newsham, BAS)
Professional activities and memberships
  • Terrestrial Sciences Peer Review Committee, NERC (1995-98)
  • Board of Directors, Rothamsted Experimental Station (2003-present)
  • Forestry Commission Advisory Board on Forest Research (2004-present)

Member of:

  • Strategy Group, Terrestrial & Freshwater Sciences Board, NERC (1995-98)
  • Board of Terrestrial & Freshwater Sciences Group, NERC (1995-98)
  • Council NERC (1999-present)
  • Board of Govenors, Macaulay Research Institute (2003-present)
  • International Scientific Advisory Board for Joint Infrastructure Fund (Wellcome Foundation) (1999-present)
  • Board of Directors Rothamstead Research (2000-2003)
  • Biological Secretary and Vice President, The Royal Society (2003-present)