Dr Manoj Menon


Room number: E8
Telephone (internal): 27993
Telephone (UK): 0114 222 7993
Telephone (International): +44 (0) 114 222 7993
Email: M.Menon@Sheffield.ac.uk
Research Website Environmental Soil Science Group

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.

Research Interests

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

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

Key Publications