Dr Manoj Menon
Lecturer in Soil/Environmental Science
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.
I am interested in physical and hydrological processes in soils; in particular, investigating the influence of biota. I do work on water use efficiency, conservation tillage, soil degradation, soil contamination, flood-soil interactions, soil formation in the Critical Zone and modelling soil processes.
Current Research Project
- Arsenic Detection and Distribution in Rice Plants Using High-Resolution X-ray Imaging. 2018. Funded by STFC food network. £6777 (P I ).
- 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).
Recent Research Projects
- 2013-14: White Rose Collaboration Fund on Evaluating Ecological Impacts of Soil Compaction using a Multidisciplinary Approach (£11,000). White Rose Universities Consortium. (PI).
- 2008-11: Root induced changes in physical properties in soil using X-ray microtomography and micromechanical simulations ($497,682.00). U.S. NSF.(Co-I).
- 2007-08: Seed grant on Root induced changes in physical properties of desert soils ($24,549.00). US NSF-EPSCoR.(Co-I).
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)
- GEO113: Introduction to Physical Geography
- GEO116: Introduction to Geographical Methods
- GEO130: Skills for Environmental Scientists (convener)
- GEO245: Environmental Pollution and Quality
- GEO6807: Understanding Environmental Change (convener)
- APS331: Issues in Environmental Science
- GEO248: Research Design for Geography and Environmental Science
- GEO356: Geographical Research Project
- GEO389: Geo-Environmental Project
- GEO413: Research Project