Mr Jasper Newman

Mr Jasper Newman

Research Assistant

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

PhD Researcher in Peatland Carbon Cycling


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. 

Research interests

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. It is unclear how natural processes recover over time and if geoengineering could reduce emissions and alter the sources of the carbon sequestered in peat.

Agricultural land Management and Carbon Sequestration on Productive & Marginal Land

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 this 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. At the same time this could be used to ensure farmers that produce food in a manner that provides ecosystem services and increases natural capital receive a fairer price and/or tailored government subsidies.


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 past changes in atmospheric emissions and will affect future microbial carbon cycling.