Professor Adie Collins

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Co-Investigator, Rothamsted Research

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Adie's research interests broadly encompass the sustainability of agriculture. They specifically include a number of themes:

  1. characterising pollutant emissions to water and air;
  2. the development and application of pollutant source tracing procedures;
  3. understanding cross-sector water pollution at different scales and the development of screening tools for contextualising the role of agriculture in water quality problems;
  4. the impacts of agricultural pollution on aquatic ecology;
  5. measuring and modelling the efficacy of on-farm interventions for managing agricultural sustainability, and;
  6. scenario-based evaluation of technically feasible mitigation impacts for policy support.

His expertise includes hydro-chemical monitoring at multiple scales, integrating empirical and modelling approaches for scaling up, and pollutant source fingerprinting.  Adie was a national PI of the Defra Demonstration Test Catchment (DTC) programme between 2009-2019. He was also assistant director (2014-2017) of the Defra funded landscape scale Sustainable Intensification Platform (SIP). His recent track record of UKRI projects include DIVERSe, an UKRI-BBSRC project for testing the impact of different vegetation treatments in riparian buffers on hydrology and water quality (2016-2020); an UKRI-NERC project developing real-time pesticide risk assessment tools (2016-2018); the joint UKRI-BBSRC and NERC AGLAND ( New science to enable the design of agricultural landscapes that deliver multiple functions) programme (2019-2023), and; the BBSRC-funded Institute Strategic Programme Grant (ISPG) at Rothamsted Research, Soil to Nutrition (2017-2023), in which Adie leads work on optimising sustainable intensification of agriculture at multiple scales. He is currently Science Director at Rothamsted Research covering the institute-wide remit for net zero and resilient farming.