Cranfield University, UK
Professor of Soil Biophysics. School of Water, Energy and Environment. Centre for Soil Agrifood and Biosciences.
Wilfred Otten joined Cranfield University in May 2016 as Professor of Soil Biophysics. He obtained a degree in Agricultural Engineering with special reference to Soil Science and Fertilizer Use (Wageningen University, The Netherlands) and a PhD degree in Horticultural Sciences, focusing on closed fertigation systems (Wageningen University, The Netherlands). Prior to joining Cranfield, he worked in the Department of Plant Sciences of Cambridge University and was Director of the Scottish Informatics, Mathematics, Biology and Statistics Centre at Abertay University. Wilfred has a track record of combining fundamental questions with applied research to work towards sustainable solutions to manage soils. Combining emerging technologies characterising soil at microscopic scales with innovative modelling he explores drivers of microbial dynamics in soil and how these drive SOM dynamics, stability of soil systems, and underpin soil health. He works with a range of industrial partners and stakeholders to improve physical properties that reduce soil and water losses and reduce environmental impact on the farm. Wilfred is a Fellow of the Institute of Soil Science and from 2017-2018 he was President of the British Society of Soil Science.