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Dr William Hartley

BSc (Hons), Ph.D., PgC, MRSC, M.I. Soil Sci.

Senior Lecturer in Soil and Environmental Science


Will is a senior lecturer at Harper Adams University. His interests lie in metal(loid) contaminants and their behaviour in soils and sediments, in situ remediation of soils using organic and inorganic amendments and the restoration of bauxite residue disposal areas in China. He has worked on several interdisciplinary research projects that have focused on real world problems and socially relevant issues. He has experience of engagement with industrial stakeholders and end-users including United Utilities, Severn Trent Water, borough councils, remediation engineers, consultants, and the Environment Agency.

Current Research:
  • Nanometal contaminants in soil:  the research is attempting to understand the mechanisms of nanometal absorption and transport in the soil-plant system and the effects on aggregate stability and soil health.
  • Arsenic and chromium speciation in soils and sediments.
  • Restoration of bauxite residue disposal areas in China: soil genesis from toxic waste.

Professional Memberships

Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC)

Member of the British Society of Soil Science (M.I. Soil Sci.)

Academic Department: Agriculture and Environment

Tel: 01952 81 5294

Office: Tudor Lodge room 6 Jubilee Adams, Tudor Lodge and NW Building

Research profile: ORCID


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You can contact Dr William Hartley if you would like to discuss any of the following course modules:



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