Dr Manoj Menon

Department of Geography

Lecturer in Soil/Environmental Science

M.Menon@Sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 7993

Full contact details

Dr Manoj Menon
Department of Geography
Room E8
Geography and Planning Building
Winter Street
Sheffield
S3 7ND
Profile

I started my lectureship at the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering in 2011 and moved to the Department of Geography in 2015.

Before Sheffield, I worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Nevada (2007-08) and University of Leeds (2009-11).

I completed my doctoral degree in environmental sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich in 2006.

Research interests

Dr Menon is interested in soil physics, soil-plant-water regime, soil-biotic interactions, nutrient cycling, non-invasive imaging (X-ray and neutrons,) and modelling.

He is the international coordinator of Arsenic in Rice Research Network (ARRNet); Associate Editor of European Journal of Soil Science and the Northern Soil Chair of the British Soil Science Society.

Publications

Books

  • Aravena JE, Berli M, Menon M, Ghezzehei TA, Mandava AK, Regentova EE, Pillai NS, Steude J, Young MH & Nico PS (2013) Synchrotron X-Ray Microtomography—New Means to Quantify Root Induced Changes of Rhizosphere Physical Properties. The Soil Science Society of America, Inc.. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Moradi AB, Oswald SE, Menon M, Carminati A, Lehmann E & Hopmans JW (2013) Applications of Neutron Imaging in Soil-Water-Root Systems. Soil Science Society of America. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles

Chapters

Conference proceedings papers

  • De-Ville S, Stovin VR & Menon M (2017) Hydrological performance evolution of extensive green roof systems. Proceedings of the 14th Int. Conf on Urban Drainage (ICUD), 10 September 2017 - 15 September 2017. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Lane R, Menon M, McQuaid J, Dougill A, Adams D, Thomas A & Hoon S (2013) Carbon Dioxide Enrichment Enhances Carbon Sequestration of Dryland Soil Microbial Communities. EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts, Vol. 15 (pp 10933) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Berli M, Ruiz SA, Aravena JE, Bolduc L, Ghezzehei TA, Cook DP, Menon M, Tyler SW & Young MH (2011) Simulating rhizosphere structure alterations using finite element calculations. European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna RIS download Bibtex download
  • Berli M, Menon M, Ghezzehei TA, Pillai N, Regentova EE, Nico PS, Young M & Tyler SW (2009) A Step Towards Unraveling Rhizosphere Physics. AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts, Vol. 1 (pp 05) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Menon M, Berli M, Ghezzehei TA, Nico P, Young MH & Tyler SW (2009) Visualizing the impact of living roots on rhizosphere soil structure using X-ray microtomography. EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts, Vol. 11 (pp 11102) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Berli M, Ghezzehei T, Menon M, Tyler S, Young M & Dexter A (2008) Modeling Rhizosphere Soil Mechanics and Hydraulics-An Overview.. The 2008 Joint Annual Meeting RIS download Bibtex download
  • Parratt RT, Menon M, Tyler S & Kropf C (2008) Mitigating Vadose Zone Nitrogen Transport Under Land Use Change and Urbanization. AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts, Vol. 1 (pp 0908) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Menon M, Parratt R, Tyler S & Kropf C (2008) Impact of Vegetation on Nitrate Accumulation In Desert Vadose Zone. 2008 Joint Meeting of The Geological Society of America, Soil Science Society of America, American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies with the Gulf Coast Section of SEPM RIS download Bibtex download
  • Menon M, Berli M, Ghezzehei TA, Nico P, Young MH & Tyler SW (2008) Visualizing Rhizosphere Soil Structure Around Living Roots. AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts, Vol. 1 (pp 0897) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Parratt RT, Menon M, Kropf C & Tyler S (2007) The Role of Vegetation on Elevated Soil Nitrate Concentrations in Northern Nevada. AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts, Vol. 1 (pp 0652) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Roulier S, Menon M & Schulin R (2005) Modelling the Fate of Heavy Metals in the Vadose Zone: Preferential Flow Effects and the Role of Vegetation. AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts, Vol. 1 (pp 1419) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Menon M, Abbaspour K, Schulin R & Oswald S (2003) Lysimeter Study of Plant Water Uptake in a Model Forest Ecosystem on Heavy Metal Contaminated Soil. EGS-AGU-EUG Joint Assembly, Vol. 1 (pp 13484) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Menon M, Abbaspour KC & Schulin R (2002) Influence of Heavy Metal Stress On Water Regime of A Model Forest Ecosystem. EGS General Assembly Conference Abstracts, Vol. 27 (pp 3542) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Graham F, Russell J, Holdsworth M, Menon M & Barker M () Exploring the Relationship between Environmental Impact and Nutrient Content of Sandwiches and Beverages Available in Cafés in a UK University. Sustainability, Vol. 11(11) (pp 3190-3190) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mawodza T, Menon M, Casson S & Burca G () Visualisation and quantification of wheat root system architecture and soil moisture distribution in an aggregated soil using neutron computed tomography. Proceedings of EGU2020: Sharing Geoscience Online. Vienna, Austria, 4 May 2020 - 8 May 2020. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Berli M, Menon M, Ghezzehei TA & Tyler SW () Root induced changes in physical properties of desert soils RIS download Bibtex download

Other

  • Menon MMK & Menon MMK (2006) Influence of soil pollution by heavy metals on the water relations of young forest ecosystems. RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

If you are interested in doing a PhD in our group, please have a look our current and previous research topics please do get in touch.

Current PhD Projects

  • Bioavailability of heavy metals to urban agricultural food and biofuel crops and their remediation potential (Ms M. Crispo)
  • Impact of climate variability on maize (Zea mays L) production in agro-climatic zones of Cross River State, Nigeria (Mr S. Achua)
  • Assessing the Potential of No-Till Farming across European Soils (J. Veenstra)
  • Plant-Soil Interactions: The impact of plant water use on root architecture and soil structure (T.Mawodza)
  • Molecular biology approaches for teh characterization and the enhancement of PAH biodegradation in coke oven effluents (J. Barry).
  • Reducing environmental impacts through sustainable food choice (F.Graham)

Completed PhD Projects

  • Substrate ageing & root growth: quantifying the impacts upon hydrological performance in an extensive green roof (S.De-Ville)
  • Applying Optimal Foraging Theory to Understand Plant Root Proliferation in Heterogeneous Soils (A. van Doorn)
Teaching activities

Undergraduate courses

  • GEO113: Earth, Wind, Fire and Ice
  • GEO119: Our Environment (convener)
  • GEO277: Environmental Pollution and Quality (convener)
  • GEO390 - Professional Skills for Environmental Science
  • GEO248: Research Design for Geography and Environmental Science
  • GEO356: Dissertation for Geography & Environmental Science
  • GEO389: Geo-Environmental Project

Postgraduate Courses

  • GEO413: Research Project
  • GEO6807: Science of Environmental Change (convener)
  • GEO6804: International Development Field class Nepal
  • GEO6805 - Dissertation with Placement
  • HAR6024 Dissertation