Jasper Newman

Jasper Newman

Research Assistant

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

Jasper is currently undertaking a Research Assistant role working on the Soil Carbon Project, an Agri-tech Cornwall project which is a collaboration between the Duchy College, Rothamsted Research North Wyke and the University of Plymouth. His work mainly focuses on providing and developing the lab based analysis of soil organic matter. This will tie into the Soil Carbon Project's recommendations for the best practice in analysis of soil carbon for farmers and policy makers to develop protocols for measuring and valuing soil health and carbon sequestration that are scientifically robust and practical. 

Jasper started his PhD at the University of Plymouth in 2017 looking at peatland carbon cycling and will resume his studies in spring 2021 to finish off writing his thesis and publications in this field.

First PhD Supervisor: Dr. Tim Daley

Other PhD supervisors: Prof. Ralph Fyfe, Dr. Sabine Lengger


2015 - MSci Chemistry with Industrial Experience, University of Bristol. Masters within the Manners Group, block copolymer self-assembly.

2014 - Industrial placement at Schlumberger, Cambridge. Researching electrical properties of drilling fluid emulsions. 

Professional membership

Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management - (CIWEM)

Teaching interests

Jasper has worked as a teaching assistant demonstrating in lab practicals with university undergraduates in the following modules.

CHM2012 - Organic Chemistry

CHM3014 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

CHM3015 - Advanced Organic Chemistry

Research interests

Agricultural land Management and Carbon Sequestration

Land management practices used today have varying impacts on soils, water and atmospheric emissions. Alongside my PhD work on carbon cycles, I'm interested in both the quantification of these environmental externalities and how these can be communicated to consumers in order to make informed choices. With improvements in lab techniques and automated data collection there is scope for consumers to be able to value food at the real cost that includes all social and environmental impacts. 

Peatlands Carbon Cycling

My PhD relates to methane recycling in naturally wet conditions and re-wetted peatland systems as part of the Mires Project with SWW on Dartmoor National Park. We are interested in bacterial methane exchange and the carbon uptake by Sphagnum moss. We aim to provide clarity on how natural processes recover over time and how land management practices could alter the emission/sequestration dynamics in peatlands.


My chemistry degree has enabled me to tackle an environmental science/physical geography problem with all of the required analytical tools available. The application of novel techniques in chromatography and spectroscopy are advancing the field of paleoclimatology and paleoecology. A good understanding of modern environmental and ecological processes goes hand in hand with these analytical advances to help understand the processes that have led to changes in atmospheric emissions and microbial carbon cycling.