Dr Manoj Menon


Room number: C8
Telephone (internal): 27933
Telephone (UK): 0114 222 7933
Telephone (International): +44 (0) 114 222 7933
Email: M.Menon@Sheffield.ac.uk
Research Website Environmental Soil Science @ Geography

Lecturer in Soil/Environmental Science

Manoj Menon has been as a lecturer in Sheffield university since 2011 (started in civil and structural engineering and then in geography since Aug 2015).
He received his first class BSc (Agriculture) from Kerala Agricultural University and MSc (Agricultural Physics) from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. He completed his PhD in environmental sciences from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich in 2006.
He worked as postdoctoral fellow at the University of Nevada (2007-08) and University of Leeds (2009-11).

Research Interests

My research interests include biotic (microbial and plant roots) interactions in soils, soil physics and hydrology, soil biogeochemical cycles, non-invasive imaging and modelling of soil processes.

Current Research

Current Research Project

  • Using Critical Zone Science to Enhance Soil Fertility and Improve Ecosystem Services for Peri-Urban Agriculture in China, 2016-2019. Funded by Newton Fund (NERC/UK-NSF/China. (total: £2.5m; UK funds: £900K)(co-I).

Current PhD Projects

  • 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)
  • 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)

Recently Completed Projects

  • Soil Transformations in European Catchments (SoilTrEC). Research on factors on aggregate formation and modelling soil carbon and structure.
  • Evaluating ecological impacts of soil compaction using a multidisciplinary approach (White Rose university consortium fund). The funding is provided to promote research collaboration between Sheffield, York and Leeds universities.


  • GEO116. Introduction to Geographical Methods
  • GEO262. Geographical Information System and Remote Sensing (convenor)
  • GEO245. Environmental Pollution and Quality
  • APS332. Issues in Environmental Science
  • GEO6807. Understanding Environmental Change (convenor)​

Key Publications