Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society

Prof. Kate Heal

Department / group: School of Geosciences, Global Change / Biosphere
Google Scholar URL: Not available

Research interests:

Biogeochemical cycling; treatment of mine drainage in wetlands; sustainable urban drainage; hydrochemical processes in upland catchments.

Career history:

2015 Personal Chair (Professor) in Catchment Biogeochemistry, University of Edinburgh

2007 Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh

1998 Lecturer, University of Edinburgh

1995-1998 Lecturer, University of Stirling, Department of Environmental Science

1996 PhD Geography, School of Geography, University of Leeds

“Manganese mobilisation in upland catchments”

1993 -1995 Part-time research demonstrator, University of Leeds, School of Geography

Active research projects:

1/10/14 – 30/11/15: Runoff generation, flooding and flowpaths in the changing environment of upland UK, Heal, K.

UK central government bodies/local authorities, health and hospital authorities

1/09/14 – 31/10/15: Impacts on Nitrogen Deposition on the Forest and Carbon Cycle, Heal, K.

UK central government bodies/local authorities, health and hospital authorities

1/04/13 – 31/03/14: Mainstreaming Innovation: Integration of sustainable infrastructure into the existing built environment, Heal, K.

1/09/12 – 30/08/15: Ochre and Biochair: Technologies for phosphorous recovery and use, Heal, K.

Non-EU other

Recent publications:

Adediran, G.A., Ngwenya, B.T., Mosselmans, J.F.W., Heal, K.V. and Harvie, B.A., 2015. Mixed planting with a leguminous plant outperforms bacteria in promoting growth of a metal remediating plant through histidine synthesis. International journal of phytoremediation, (just-accepted), pp.00-00.

Shepherd, J.G., Sohi, S.P. and Heal, K.V., 2016. Optimising the recovery and re-use of phosphorus from wastewater effluent for sustainable fertiliser development. Water research, 94, pp.155-165.

Horrocks, C.A., Heal, K.V., Harvie, B., Tallowin, J.B., Cardenas, L.M. and Dungait, J.A.J., 2016. Can species-rich grasslands be established on former intensively managed arable soils?. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 217, pp.59-67.

Adediran, G.A., Ngwenya, B.T., Mosselmans, J.F.W. and Heal, K.V., 2016. Bacteria–zinc co‐localization implicates enhanced synthesis of cysteine‐rich peptides in zinc detoxification when Brassica juncea is inoculated with Rhizobium leguminosarum. New Phytologist, 209(1), pp.280-293.

McClean, G.J., Rowe, R.L., Heal, K.V., Cross, A., Bending, G.D. and Sohi, S.P., 2015. An empirical model approach for assessing soil organic carbon stock changes following biomass crop establishment in Britain. Biomass and Bioenergy, 83, pp.141-151.

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