Dr Harry Langford

Research Associate

Room number: KRB, G4
Telephone (internal): 27992
Telephone (UK): 0114 222 7992
Telephone (International): +44 114 222 7992
Email: H.Langford@Sheffield.ac.uk

Harry Langford achieved a First Class BSc in Geography at the University of Sheffield in 2007, before completing a PhD in Environmental Science in 2012. His PhD research involved studying the microstructure, biogeochemistry and formation of cryoconite granules: biologically active aggregations of microorganisms, mineral particles and organic matter found on glacier surfaces. He utilised a range of spectroscopic and microscopic techniques during this research, from Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy to confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM). Since then, Harry has been researching in the field of soil biogeochemistry.

Research Interests

Geomicrobiology, glacier and soil biogeochemistry, bioflocculation, photosynthetic microorganisms, microscopic and spectroscopic techniques, soil security and environmental observation.

Current Research

Soil security and critical zone science
My current work involves designing a framework for critical zone science, the Earth’s outer layer from vegetation canopy to the soil and groundwater that sustains human life. This focuses on multidisciplinary earth observation with wireless sensor networks.

The structure and function of soil aggregates
This research involves studying the attachment and aggregation of microorganisms with organic and inorganic particulates, utilising both laboratory and field studies. In an extension of previous work, this project aims to incorporate aggregate life cycle and microbial function measurements, using a combination of spectroscopic, microscopic and ‘omics’ techniques.

Key Publications

Langford, H., Irvine-Fynn, T. D. L., Edwards, A., Banwart, S. A., and Hodson, A. J. (2014), A spatial investigation of the environmental controls over cryoconite aggregation on Longyearbreen glacier, Svalbard, Biogeosciences, 11, 5365-5380,

Irvine-Fynn, T. D. L., Edwards, A., Newton, S., Langford, H., Rassner, S. M., Telling, J., Anesio, A. M. & Hodson, A. J. (2012), Microbial cell budgets of an Arctic glacier surface quantified using flow cytometry. Environmental Microbiology, 14: 2998–3012.

Langford, H., A. Hodson, & S. Banwart, 2011. Using FTIR spectroscopy to characterise the soil mineralogy and geochemistry of cryoconite from Aldegondabreen glacier, Svalbard, Appl. Geochem., 26 (S1), S206–S209

Langford, H., Hodson, A., Banwart, S., & Bøggild, C., 2010. The microstructure and biogeochemistry of Arctic cryoconite granules. Ann. Glac. 51 (56), 87–94.

Hodson, A.J., Cameron, K.A., Bøggild, C.E., Irvine-Fynn, T.D., Langford, H., Pearce, D.A. and Banwart, S.A. (2010). The structure, biological activity and biogeochemistry of cryoconite aggregates upon an Arctic valley glacier: Longyearbreen, Svalbard. Journal of Glaciology, 56(196), 349-362.

Further Information

Harry's ResearchGate profile can be found here