Dr Kate Schofield

Dr Kate Schofield

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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


Post-Doctoral Research Fellow 



2019 - 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

Professional membership

MRSC - Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Research interests

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:

  • The development of manufactured soils from waste materials.
  • Biogeochemical processes within natural and anthropogenically-influenced environments.
  • Nutrient dynamics and concentrations across various environmental matrices.
  • The environmental fate and toxicity of industrial and consumer chemicals (e.g. PFAS and UV-filters).
  • The development of environmental risk assessment practices.

Key publications are highlighted

Schofield HK, Pettitt TR, Tappin AD, Rollinson GK & Fitzsimons MF 2019 'Biochar incorporation increased nitrogen and carbon retention in a waste-derived soil' Science of the Total Environment , DOI PEARL
Fitzsimons MF & Tappin A 2017 'Does carbon limitation reduce nitrogen retention in soil?' Environmental Chemistry Letters , DOI PEARL
Salih M, Mytilinaios I, Schofield HK & Lambert RJW 2012 'Modelling of bacterial growth with shifts in temperature using automated methods with Listeria monocytogenes and Pseudomonas aeruginosa as examples' International Journal of Food Microbiology 155, (1-2) 29-35 , DOI
Mytilinaios I, Salih M, Schofield HK & Lambert RJW 2012 'Growth curve prediction from optical density data' International Journal of Food Microbiology 154, (3) 169-176 , DOI