- B504 Portland Square, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA
Dr Kate Schofield
Senior Research Fellow (ReCon Soil)
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
Dr Kate Schofield is a biogeochemist specialising in the application of biogeochemistry to improve our understanding of environmental dynamics.
Kate's current research focus is on the development of healthy and sustainable manufactured soils using waste materials. She leads research on the EU-funded ReCon Soil project (April 2021 to June 2023) and previously on the EU-funded FabSoil project (part of the wider AgriTech Cornwall programme).
Kate was recently awarded a NERC discipline-hopping fellowship to develop skills in molecular microbiology for application to soil health assessment.
Kate has also worked in industry-based research conducting environmental fate and ecotoxicology studies at Unilever and Angus International Safety Group.
2021 - Present Associate Lecturer - University of Plymouth2019 - Present Post-Doctoral Research Fellow - University of Plymouth
2017 - 2019 Visiting Research Fellow - Manchester Metropolitan University
2017 - 2019 Environmental Scientist - Angus International Safety Group
2016 - 2017 Environmental Scientist: Ecotoxicology - Unilever, Safety and Environmental Assurance Centre
2015 - 2016 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow - University of Plymouth
2011- 2015 PhD - Environmental Science - University of Plymouth.
- Thesis title: A biogeochemical study of nutrient dynamics in artificial soil.
2008 - 2011 BSc(hons) First Class - Environmental Science - University of Reading
MRSC - Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry
FRGS - Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
Roles on external bodies
RSC Agriculture Sector Group - Secretary
- CHM1019 Organic Chemistry 2 (Workshops and tutorial series)
- CHM3015 Advanced Organic Chemistry (Workshops, tutorials and laboratory practicals)
BSc Environmental Science and BSc Sustainable Environmental Management
- ENVS2002 Environmental Expedition (Field week)
- ENVM2002 Environmental Management and Sustainability in Practice (Field week)
MSc courses in Environmental Geochemistry, Sustainable Environmental Management and Environmental Consultancy
- ENVS5002 Investigation and assessment of the contaminated environment (Lectures)
- MAR513 Research Skills and Methods (Field work onboard Falcon Spirit research vessel)
- GGX1205 Geographical Journeys (Field trip)
My research interests focus on the use of analytical techniques for the examination of biogeochemical processes within natural and human-influenced environments.
My specific research areas are:
- Soil health assessment.
- The reconstruction of soils from waste materials.
- Development of non-invasive techniques to monitor soil health.
- Biogeochemical processes within natural and anthropogenically-influenced environments.
- Nutrient dynamics and concentrations across environmental matrices.
- Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH).
- The environmental fate and toxicity of industrial and consumer chemicals (e.g. PFAS, UV-filters, surfactants).
- The development of environmental risk assessment methodologies.
Key publications are highlightedJournals