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Dr Barry Thornton

Dr Barry Thornton

Dr Barry Thornton

Barry Thornton

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The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


Barry has been manager of the Light Stable Isotopes Laboratory in the Analytical Group since 2006.Barry continues to have an interest in C and N fluxes in the plant-soil and other ecosystems. He has utilised compound specific stable isotope techniques to trace the flow of C from various sources into microbial phospholipid fatty acids (PLFAs) in both terrestrial and marine ecosystems. Recently he determined the spatial distribution of carbon and nitrogen isotopes in the topsoil of Scotland and applied linear modelling to assess the extent to which land use and climate act as drivers of the observed distributions. He is currently applying Rayleigh equations to the pattern of enrichment of carbon isotopes which occurs going down soil profiles at the national scale to develop understanding of soil carbon decomposition rates. He has over 65 peer reviewed manuscripts.

Leading Ideas

  • Soil

Area of Strategic Research Programme

Further information the Scottish Government's Strategic Research Programme is available

  • Theme 1: Natural Assets
  • 1.1 - Soils
  • 1.1.3 Soil and net GHG emissions