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Dr Naomi Rintoul

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Human and Life Sciences

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 923034

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, agriculture and sustainability, and am currently the Module Director for undergraduate modules in 'Biogeography and Landscape Ecology' and 'Soil Science and Land Management', and for 'Environmental Management and Sustainability' at MSc level.

Research and knowledge exchange

My PhD examined the effects of predicted elevations of tropospheric ozone on plant community biodiversity and the consequences for environmental management. I examined the indirect effects on physical and chemical properties of soil. Further below-ground analysis focussed on interactions at the plant-root-soil interface, particularly between mycorrhial fungi and plants. 

My current research highlights management issues relating to agriculture, erosion and soil contamination. I am currently working on the following projects:

  • Investigating the effects of sand dune erosion on sediment quality and mycorrhizal fungi abundance/diversity at Maroubra Beach, Sydney
  • Determining whether a sustainable rice intensification project in Bali has long-term beneficial effects on soil quality and mycorrhizal fungi abundance/diveristy
  • Assessing the impact on soil contamination on soil microorganism, invertebrate and plant biodiversity and bioaccumultion in the UK and India
  • Evaluating the sustainability of agricultural practices in home gardens at Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, focussing on soil quality and mycorrhizal fungi colonisation/diversity
  • Analysing soil contamination, plant bioaccumulation and mycorrhizal fungi diversity at Parys Mountain copper mine, Wales

I am interested in supervising Masters and PhD projects in the following subject areas: soil science (mainly contamination, erosion, mycorrhizal fungi and agriculture), sustainable agriculture, plant diversity/bioaccumulation/phytoremediation and biogeography. 

I am actively looking for Master's by Research students to conduct the following research projects:

1) Running a field trial (based on results from a Master's by Research this year) looking at phytoremediation of soils contaminated with heavy metals at a country park in Kent.

2) Investigating soil quality and mycorrhizal fungi/nematode populations in degraded soils in Iceland (samples being collected in September 2017)

3) Assessing mycorrhizal fungi biodiversity on 7 varieties of East African Highland Banana grown in smallholdings in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (samples collected June 2017)

Teaching and subject expertise

I currently teach field skills and statistics on Discovering Geography (Level 4) and am the Module Director for Biogeography and Landscape Ecology (Level 5) in Geography. As part of the new Geography validation, I will also be the Module Director on a Work Placement module (Level 5) and Module director for the Level 6 module on Arctic and Arid Environments.

In Life Sciences, I teach basic ecology on the Introduction to Environmental Systems module (Level 4) and basic soil chemistry on the Chemistry for the Environmental Sciences (Level 5). I am involved in the Practical Ecology Field Trip (Level 6) and am the Module Director for Soil Science and Land Management (Level 6). On the MSc course, I am also Module Director for the Environmental Management and Sustainability module. As part of the new Science validation, I will also teach Soil Science and Plant Nutrition (Level 4) and Plants in the Environment (Level 5).

I currently supervise a wide range of undergraduate projects, as well as two Masters by Research projects, in geospatial analysis of soil using ArcGIS and on soil contamination and phytoremediation potential of grassland plants.

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

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

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