I am Head of the Crop and Environment Sciences (CES) Department at the University. The CES Department encompasses a range of technical skills including soil science, drought resistance, crop breeding and genetics, crop husbandry, agronomy and precision agronomy, sustainable agriculture, sustainable energy, fresh produce production, environmental science & protection, countryside & wildlife management forestry & woodland management and spatial analysis & GIS
I lead a team of over 40 staff and we undertake four key activities of high quality teaching, applied research, professional training and development and consultancy. Although we are based in Shropshire, UK we operate nationally and internationally in the delivery of our services. Please see https://www.harper-adams.ac.uk/research/ for examples of some of our research activity and https://www.harper-adams.ac.uk/courses/short-course/ for details of short courses.
One of my main professional interests is the facilitation and provision of agricultural and environmental education both in the UK and overseas. I am currently working on behalf of Harper Adams with Strathmore University in Kenya on the delivery of a 2-year professional qualification for potential employees of the machinery manufacturer, AGCO. I am also developing, together with colleagues, an internal agricultural training programme for AGCO staff.
In addition to my interests in agricultural and environmental education, I also have a focus on Geographical Information Systems (GIS) education. I am keen to promote the use of GIS amongst non-GIS specialists and I undertook a Postgraduate Diploma in GIS to underpin my interests in the area. GIS lends itself very well to online delivery and I am working on bespoke on-line learning products in this area. I am most familiar with ESRI's ArcGIS Desktop and Pro packages and I have presented at the ESRI User Conference about my experience in promoting GIS uptake at the University. From October 2018, I will be delivering ArcGIS Pro and related ESRI products exclusively as part of the University
My academic research interests focus on agricultural ecology with a particular reference to conservation of farmland biodiversity and I have published extensively within this area. My specific research areas include the agro-ecology of field margins, beetlebanks and farmland birds. I am interested in statistical analysis and data presentation and how this can effectively be applied to farmland ecology.
Harper Adams University supports Food and Farming Futures, the online land-based library.
I enjoy watching wildlife, particularly birds and I travel to see new species. My next trip is to see Albatross species off Cape Point, South Africa in July 2018.
Former President International Farming Systems Association (IFSA) 2014-16
Committee Member: Adviscory Committee on Releases to the Envrionment (ACRE)
External Examiner Warwick University: MSc Sustainable Crop Production: Agronomy for the 21st Century
You can contact Dr Andy Wilcox if you would like to discuss any of the following course modules: