Staff Profile


Dr Naomi Rintoul-Hynes

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Psychology and Life Sciences

Campus: Canterbury Main Campus

Tel: 01227 923269

Profile summary

I currently hold the position of Senior Lecturer in Soil Science and Environmental Management at Canterbury Christ Church University. I carried out my undergraduate degree at University of York as well as my PhD, which investigated the effects of elevated ozone on a grassland community. I was a sessional lecturer at University of York before moving to CCCU, where I teach on a variety of modules within both Geography and Life Sciences. 

I am interested in soil science, ecology and conservation, and teach on numerous modules related to these topics. I am passionate about higher education, and endeavour to provide an excellent student experience whilst conducting international research.

Research and knowledge exchange

My current research projects include:

Heavy metal pollution effects on soils, ecosystems and human health

I am quantifying pollution and it’s effects on soil organisms and plant HM uptake at Parys Mountain, Wales. In addition, my PhD student, Christopher Ferguson, is mapping soil pollution by tanneries in India and investigating the phytoremediation potential of crops (collaboration with Gandhigram Rural Institute University).

 Valorisation of roadside nature reserves

This is a European Union Interreg 2 Seas Grassification project examining and valorise the complete value chain from roadside management to end product via a multi-dimensional approach. This research will initiate a new bio-based circular economy based upon road side grass clippings. We are examining heavy metal contamination, forage quality, biodiversity and potential for vegetation to be used as a biofertilizer. Dr Hannah Scott is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow.

 Agroforestry systems and soil quality

I am running a project investigating the beneficial effects on agroforestry practices on soil quality in India. I am collaborating with Dr Bhim Badahur Ghaley (University of Copenhagen) and colleagues at Gandhigram Rural Institute University. 

Mycorrhizal fungi abundance and diversity

I am looking at the effects of soil properties and mycorrhizal fungi on sand dune stabilization and vegetation succession in Sydney, Australia in collaboration with Dr Deirdre Dragovich (University of Sydney). I am examining mycorrhizal colonisation and diversity associated with bananas and arable crops on Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. This is a collaboration with Kilimanjaro Environmental Development Association.

Soil forensics

I am co-supervising a project with Laura Vera-Stimpson (Dept of Forensics) investigating the effects of soil properties on tissue degradation in pigs, and the implications for forensic pathology of human remains.

I am actively looking for MSc or PhD students in the following research topics:

  • Soil pollution and remediation
  • Toxicity effects on soil organisms
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Soil forensics or forensic entomology

Teaching and subject expertise

I am teach on a number of modules in Natural and Applied Sciences. These include: Soil Science and Plant Nutrition (Level 4), Biogeography and Landscape Ecology (Level 5), Work Placement (Level 5), Plants in the Environment (Level 5), Soil Science and Land Management (Level 6), Arctic and Arid Environments (Level 6) and Environmental Management and Sustainability (MSc). I supervise Undergraduate, Masters and PhD students on projects related to these topics and to my own research interests.

External activities

Invited conference presentations:

  • Fitting together the pieces of the puzzle: Understanding interactions at the plant-soil-root interface in field and pot experiments (2015) CCCU Ecology Research Group Conference: Advances in Ecological Research and Soil Sustainability, December 5, Canterbury, UK
  • Effects of soil contamination from historical industrial sources on plant biodiversity (2015) Wageningen Soil Conference: Soil Science in a Changing World, August 23-27, Wageningen, Netherlands
  • Teaching to increase university student engagement: is active learning always the answer? (2015) 4th New Perspectives in Science Education Conference, March 19, Florence, Italy
  • Effects of ozone on the physical and chemical properties of soil (2014) 9th International Soil Science Congress on “The Soul of Soil and Civilization October 14-16, Atalanya, Turkey 
  • Effects of elevated ozone on mycorrhizal colonisation, arbuscule formation and root biomass: a field study of a semi-natural grassland community (2014) New Phytologist 33rd Annual Symposium: Ecology and Evolution of Mycorrhizal Fungi, May 12-14, Zurich, Switzerland
  • The effects of elevated ozone on plant community composition and below-ground processes (2014) Ecology Research Group 25th Anniversary Conference, November 12, Canterbury, UK.
  • Effects of ozone on the physical and chemical properties of soil (2014) 9th International Soil Science Congress on “The Soul of Soil and Civilization” October 14-16, Atalanya, Turkey
  • Effects of elevated ozone on root biomass and mycorrhizal infection (2013). British Society of Soil Science 27th Early Career Conference, York, UK.
  • Long-term effects of elevated ozone on a semi-natural grassland community (2012). British Ecological Society 25th Annual Meeting. Birmingham, UK.
  • Long-term effects of elevated ozone on a semi-natural grassland community: comparisons between effects on biomass and flowering (2012). Committee on Air Pollution Effects Research 37th Annual Meeting, Newcastle, UK.
  • Long-term effects of elevated ozone on a semi-natural grassland community: the role of a hemi-parasitic species as a driver of community responses (2011). Committee on Air Pollution Effects Research 36th Annual Meeting, Edinburgh, UK.

Publications and research outputs

Williams, O.H. and Rintoul-Hynes, N.L.J. (2022) Legacy of war: pedogenesis divergence and heavy metal contamination on the WWI front line a century after battle. European Journal of Soil Science, 73(4): e13297

Sollen-Norrlin, M., Ghaley, B.B. and Rintoul, N.L.J. (2020) Agroforestry Benefits and Challenges for Adoption in Europe and Beyond. Sustainability, 12: 7001.

Rintoul N. (2016) Arbuscular mycorrhizal associations in plant nutrition and health. CAB Reviews, 11(017): 1-16

Hayes F, Mills G, Jones L, Abbott J, Ashmore M, Barnes J, Capre JN, Coyle M, Peacock S, Rintoul N, Toet S,Wedlich K, Wyness K. (2016) Consistent ozone-induced decreases in pasture forage quality across several grassland types and consequences for UK lamb production. Science of The Total Environment, 543(A): 336–346. 

Rintoul, N. (2015) Teaching to increase university student engagement: is active learning always the answer? In Proceedings of the 4th Annual New Perspectives in Science Education Conference, Florence, March 2015. Padova: Libreria Universitaria, pp. 329-333

Wedlich KV, Rintoul N, Peacock S, Cape JN, Toet S, Barnes J and Ashmore M (2012) Effects of ozone on species composition in an upland grassland. Oecologia, 168: 1137-1146.


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