As a Senior Lecturer in Soil and Water Managementand a Chartered Water Environmental Manager, I have a wide range of research interests ranging across environmental chemistry, physics and engineering. My primary degree was in Environmental Science at NUI, Galway (2006), with my MSc in Environmental Engineering at Queen's University Belfast (2010) a couple of years after some experience in industry. My PhD research in Geography at the University of Dublin, Trinity College (2015), determined the application of high temporal resolution data in the management of eutrophic water bodies in agricultural catchments. I studied the flow and concentration data of two river catchments with varying drainage capacity and identified the drivers for the eutrophication observed both in-stream and in a lake as an end receptor. Therefore I have great experience in the management and maintenance of high frequency sensors such as HACH datasondes and HACH-Lange Phosphax machines as well as modelling in R and other software packages.
My research at Harper Adams University is primarily in the application of organic amendments to soils and the impact on soil structure and water movement dynamics - as well as the resulting water quality. I'm also very interested in catchments with high sediment movement and I'm looking to expand my knowledge in this area.
My teaching responsibilities range across all levels where I introduce students to general environmental science concepts and at higher levels thoroughly discuss the impact of nutrient cycling systems on soil and water quality. I also deliver a portion of the modules on the new BSc Geography and Environmental Management course. At postgraduate level, I co-supervise one PhD student who is investigating the optimisation of feedstock on anaerobically digested sludge for land application and I teach on a module concerning nutrient cycling and soil and water management. I also provide ad hoc support in environmental modelling and Life Cycle Assessment.
C3003C17 Environmental Engineering Science
C5018C17 Modelling Geochange and the Environment
C5021C17 Aquatic Ecosystems
C3002C17 Countryside Studies
C4014C17 Environmental Science for Agriculture
C4019C17 Introduction to the Natural Environment
C5015C17 Environmental Quality and Protection
C6006C17 Ecosystems and Environmental Resource Management
C7048 Diversity and Evolution of Insects
C7058 Soil and Water Nutrient Cycling
C7060 Sustainable Farming Systems
Crockford, L., 2022. Achieving cleaner water for UN sustainable development goal 6 with natural processes: Challenges and the future. Frontiers in Environmental Science, Research Topic: Eurosoil 2021: Sustainable Management of Soil Functions as a Basis to Avoid, Halt, and Reverse Land Degradation, 10:976687 https://doi.org/10.3389/fenvs.2022.976687
Stevenson, J.L., O’Riordain, S., Harris, W.E. and Crockford, L., 2021. An investigation into the impact of nine catchment characteristics on the accuracy of two phosphorus load apportionment models. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 193(3), pp.1-14. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10661-021-08875-9 or TBC
Shore, M., Murphy, S., Mellander, P.E., Shortle, G., Melland, A.R., Crockford, L., O'Flaherty, V., Williams, L., Morgan, G. and Jordan, P., 2017. Influence of stormflow and baseflow phosphorus pressures on stream ecology in agricultural catchments. Science of the Total Environment, 590, pp.469-483. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969717303480
Crockford, L., O’Riordain, S., Taylor, D., Melland, A.R., Shortle, G. and Jordan, P., 2017. The application of high temporal resolution data in river catchment modelling and management strategies. Environmental monitoring and assessment, 189(9), pp.1-20. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10661-017-6174-1 or free download
Crockford, L., Jordan, P., Melland, A.R. and Taylor, D., 2015. Storm-triggered, increased supply of sediment-derived phosphorus to the epilimnion in a small freshwater lake. Inland Waters, 5(1), pp.15-26.https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.5268/IW-5.1.738 or free download
O'Dwyer, B., Crockford, L., Jordan, P., Hislop, L. and Taylor, D., 2013. A palaeolimnological investigation into nutrient impact and recovery in an agricultural catchment. Journal of Environmental Management, 124, pp.147-155. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301479713000765 or free download
Chartered Water and Environmental Manager with the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management, CIWEM
Soil and Water Management Centre at HAU
Constructed Wetlands Association
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