Prof Davey L. Jones

Professor of Soil and Environmental Science / Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor

Contact info

Address: Environment Centre Wales, Bangor University, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2UW

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Tel: 07827 807516 (UK) and 00 44 1248 382579 (International)

Researchgate profileGoogle scholar profileTwitter feedWeb of Science ResearcherID: C-7411-2011

Contact Info

Address: Environment Centre Wales, Bangor University, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2UW

Email: and  

Tel: 07827 807516 (UK) and 00 44 1248 382579 (International)

Researchgate profileGoogle scholar profileTwitter feedWeb of Science ResearcherID: C-7411-2011



Davey Jones holds a Professorial Chair in Environmental Science and Public Health at Bangor University and a Professorial Chair in Soil Science at Murdoch University in Western Australia. Previously, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow held jointly between Cornell University and the US Department of Agriculture in the USA (with Prof Leon Kochian). He also carried out postdoctoral work under Prof Simon Gilroy at Penn State University (now Madison, WI).  A major focus of his research is on understanding below-ground processes with specific focus on nutrients and human pathogen behavior in water-food-soil-plant-microbial systems. His research portfolio is quite broad - reflecting his interests from natural sciences through to social sciences (i.e. science linked to changing human behaviour).

Current applications of his work include (1) the implementation of strategies for controlling SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) and other viral pathogens in urban, agricultural, freshwater and marine ecosystems, (2) promoting carbon sequestration in agricultural systems and understanding the factors regulating carbon cycling and greenhouse gas emissions, (3) developing ways to improve nutrient use efficiency in cropping systems with specific focus on nitrogen and phosphorus, (4) nutrient dynamics in polar (Arctic and Antarctic ecosystems), (5) devising strategies for the effective reuse of wastes for land restoration and remediation (heavy metals and organic pollutants), (6) soil microbial diversity and ecosystem functioning, (7) modelling nutrients dynamics in the plant-soil-microbial and freshwater ecosystems, (8) understanding  the barriers to technology adoption by farmers, (9) the flow of endocrine disrupting chemicals in the environment, (10) the impact of flooding, drought and ozone on ecosystem functioning (including tipping points) and potential strategies to enhance ecosystem resilience, and (11) influence of microplastics in soil and freshwater environments.

He has published more than 668 ISI-listed scientific journal articles (ISI H-index = 94; ISI >39,000 ciations; Google Scholar H-index = 117, >59,000 citations). 

He has advised UK and Welsh Government on their COVID-19, public health, agriculture, waste and climate change policies. His research is funded via UKRI (NERC, EPSRC, BBSRC), Welsh Government, DHSC, UKHSA, Food Standards Agency, DEFRA and the European Union. He was a member of the SAGE COVID-19 sub-committee 'Transmission of Covid-19 in the Wider Environment Group (TWEG)' and was head of the Covid-19 Technical Advisory Group - Environment (TAG-E) for Welsh Government and reported to the UK Government COVID-19 Public Enquiry. He also collaborates with industry to deliver novel solutions to environmental problems and improve product sustainability. He currently leads the 'Wastewater-based public health surveillance programme for Wales'.


Responsibilities within Bangor University

  • Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research
  • School (SNS) Management Committee Member
  • School (SNS) Research Committee Member
  • School (SNS) Henfaes Committee: Research
  • School (SNS) Radiation Protection Officer
  • Centre for Environmental Biotechnology: Science Lead

Current and past external responsibilities:

  • COVID-19 Technical Advisory Group (Welsh Government)
  • SAGE sub-committee on COVID-19 and the environment (UK Government)
  • BBSRC Panel Member
  • NERC College Member
  • Welsh Government Land Use and Climate Change Group Member
  • Editorial Board Soil Ecology Letters
  • Chief Editor Frontiers in Soil Science
  • Associate Editor Frontiers in Agronomy
  • Associate Editor with Rhizosphere
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences Visiting Professorship for Senior International Scientists
  • Training manager for the STARS College of Doctoral Training in Soil Science
  • Adjunct Professor at Clemson University

Qualifications and Membership of Professional Bodies

  • B.Sc. (Hons), Soil Science, University of Aberdeen
  • Ph.D, Plant Science, University of Oxford
  • Member of the British Society of Soil Science
  • Member of the International Fertiliser Society 




Key topics 

Plant-soil-microbe interactions, Environmental Pollution, Human Pathogens (especially viruses), Dissolved Organic Nitrogen, Soil Quality, Freshwater and marine pollution, Crop Science, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Agronomy and Modelling, Social behaviour and environmental issues.

My research project websites

Grant Awards and Projects

Teaching and Supervision

These are the courses I am module organiser for:

I also contribute to these modules:

Undergraduate level

Masters Level

PhD Level

  • Overseas soil field course to the Canary Islands
  • Soil Quality Training Course

These are the PhD and Masters students I currently help supervise (2021-2022)

Katy Lambert-Slosarka (Environmental virology) Masters

Siyang Ren (Microplastic pollution) PhD 

Zoe Shaw (Microplastic pollution) Masters 

Martine Graf (Microplastic pollution) PhD 

Martin Samphire (Microplastic pollution) PhD 

Igor Pantea (Environmental virology) Masters

Sam Musarika (Greenhouse gas emissions from peatlands) PhD

Deniz Arslan (Organo-mineral fertilisers) Masters with industry

Emma Withers (Greenhouse gas emissions, extreme events, plastics) PhD

Ize Adave (Composting for agriculture) PhD

Gupeng Li (Microplastic pollution) PhD

Marya Fareed (Microplastic pollution) PhD

Ben Freeman (Sustainable peatlands) PhD

Yusra Zireeni (Animal waste management) PhD

Connie Tulloch (Plastics and pathogens) PhD

Erik Button (Subsoil carbon management) PhD

Emily Cooledge (Herbal leys for livestock) PhD

Cyan Turner (Atacama desert microbiology) PhD

Anna Ray (sustainable fertiliser management) Masters with industry

Lisanne van Willegen (dune ecosystem management) PhD 

Bede West (land use change) PhD

David Fidler (soil carbohydrate enzymes) PhD

Luke Hillary (soil viromics) PhD

Danielle Hunt (N2O emissions from soil) PhD

John Langley (animal waste management) PhD

Jessica Potts (neonic insecticides in soil) PhD



Research areas and keywords


  • QK Botany
  • S Agriculture (General)
  • QR355 Virology
  • Q Science (General)
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