Professor Bob Rees

Scotland's Rural College

Research Interests

I am Head of SRUC’s Carbon Management Centre, and a Professor in Agriculture and Climate Change. I am also a soil and environmental scientist, with research interests in greenhouse gas measurement and mitigation in agricultural systems.

I have significant involvement in EU funded research programmes, co-ordinating Legume-Futures an EU Framework project on the role of legumes in farming systems, and participates in the Animal Change project.

I have over 100 peer reviewed research publications, and am a leading scientist (as Work Package Leader) in the Agricultural UK Greenhouse Gas Platform programme aimed at improving the reporting and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from UK agriculture and MinNo, a research programme studying the intensity of nitrous oxide emissions from UK arable cropping.

I am Assistant Editor for the journal Soil Use and Management, and an advisor on several international research programmes.

PhD Students

Selected Publications

  • Buckingham,S., Rees,R.M. & Watson,C.A. 2013. Issues and pressures facing the future of soil carbon stocks with particular emphasis on Scottish soils. The Journal of Agricultural Science, FirstView, 1-17
  • Mojeremane,W., Rees,R.M. & Mencuccini,M. 2013. Short-term effects of site preparation practices for afforestation on soil properties. International Journal of Forest, Soil and Erosion (IJFSE), 3, 45-53
  • Rees,R.M., Baddeley,J.A., Bhogal,A., Ball,B.C., Chadwick,D.R., MacLeod,M., Lilly,A., Pappa,V.A., Thorman,R.E. & Watson,C.A. 2013. Nitrous oxide mitigation in UK agriculture. Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, 59, 3-15
  • Vogt,E., Braban,C.F., Dragosits,U., Theobald,M.R., Billett,M.F., Dore,A.J., Tang,Y.S., van Dijk,N., Rees,R.M. & McDonald,C. 2013. Estimation of nitrogen budgets for contrasting catchments at the landscape scale. Biogeosciences, 10, 119-133
  • Topp,C.F., Wang,W., Cloy,J.M., Rees,R.M. & Hughes,G. 2013. Information Properties of Boundary Line Models for N2O Emissions from Agricultural Soils. Entropy, 15, 972-987
  • Vogt,E., Dragosits,U., Braban,C.F., Theobald,M.R., Dore,A.J., van Dijk,N., Tang,Y.S., McDonald,C., Murray,S., Rees,R.M. & Sutton,M.A. 2013. Heterogeneity of atmospheric ammonia at the landscape scale and consequences for environmental impact assessment. Environmental Pollution, 179, 120-131
  • Skiba, Ute M., Jones, S. K., Dragosits, U., Drewer, J., Fowler, D., Rees, R. M., Pappa, V. A., Cardenas, L. M., Chadwick, D. R., and Manning, A. J. 2012. UK emissions of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences. 367, 1175-1185
  • Mapanda,F., Wuta,M., Nyamangara,J., Rees,R.M. & Kitzler,B. 2012. Greenhouse gas emissions from savanna (miombo) woodlands: responses to clearing and cropping. African Crop Science Journal, 20, 331-346
  • Mojeremane,W., Rees,R.M. & Mencuccini,M. 2012. The effects of site preparation practices on carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide fluxes from a peaty gley soil. Forestry (Oxford), 85, 1-15
  • Pappa,V.A., Rees,R.M., Walker,R.L., Baddeley,J.A. & Watson,C.A. 2012. Legumes intercropped with spring barley contribute to increased biomass production and carry-over effects. The Journal of Agricultural Science, 150, 584-594
  • Pappa,V.A., Rees,R.M., Walker,R.L., Baddeley,J.A. & Watson,C.A. 2011. Nitrous oxide emissions and nitrate leaching in an arable rotation resulting from the presence of an intercrop. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 141, 153-161
  • Rees,R.M. 2011. Global Nitrous Oxide Emissions: Sources and Opportunities for Mitigation. In: Understanding Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Agricultural Management pp. 257-273. American Chemical Society
  • Mapanda,F., Wuta,M., Nyamangara,J. & Rees,R.M. 2011. Effects of organic and mineral fertilizer nitrogen on greenhouse gas emissions and plant-captured carbon under maize cropping in Zimbabwe. Plant and Soil, 343, 67-81
  • Moran D, MacLeod M, Wall E, V Eory, A McVittie, A Barnes, R.M. Rees, C F.E. Topp, G Pajot, R Matthews, P Smith and A Moxey 2011. Developing carbon budgets for UK agriculture, land-use, land-use change and forestry out to 2022. Climatic Change 105:529-553
  • Watson,C.A., Baddeley,J.A., Edwards,A.C., Rees,R.M., Walker,R.L. & Topp,C.F. 2011. Influence of ley duration on the yield and quality of the subsequent cereal crop (spring oats) in an organically managed long-term crop rotation experiment. Organic Agriculture, 1, 147-159
  • Mojeremane,W., Rees,R.M. & Mencuccini,M. 2010. Effects of site preparation for afforestation on methane fluxes at Harwood Forest, NE England. Biogeochemistry, 97, 89-107
  • Bingham,I.J., Bengough,A.G. & Rees,R.M. 2010. Soil compaction-N interactions in barley: Root growth and tissue composition. Soil & Tillage Research, 106, 241-246
  • Mapanda,F., Mupini,J., Wuta,M., Nyamangara,J. & Rees,R.M. 2010. A cross-ecosystem assessment of the effects of land cover and land use on soil emission of selected greenhouse gases and related soil properties in Zimbabwe. European Journal of Soil Science, 61, 721-733
  • Dinsmore,K.J., Billett,M.F., Skiba,U.M., Rees,R.M., Drewer,J. & Helfter,C. 2010. Role of the aquatic pathway in the carbon and greenhouse gas budgets of a peatland catchment. Global Change Biology, 16, 2750-2762
  • MacLeod, M, Moran, D, Eory, V., Rees, R.M, Barnes, A., Topp, C.F.E., Ball, B., Hoad, S., Wall, E., McVittie, A., Pajot, G., Matthews, R., Smith, P. and Moxey, A. 2010. Developing greenhouse gas marginal abatement cost curves for agricultural emissions from crops and soils in the UK. Agricultural Systems 103: 198-209
  • Rees, R.M. and Ball, B.C. 2010. Soils and nitrous oxide research. Soil Use and Management 26: 193-195
  • Dinsmore, K., Skiba, U. M., Billett, M. F., Rees, R. M. and Drewer, J.  (2009). Spatial and temporal variability in CH4 and N2O fluxes from a Scottish ombrotrophic peatland; implications for modelling and upscaling. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 41, 1315-1323. Full Text
  • Dinsmore, K., Skiba, U. M., Billett, M. F. and Rees, R. M. (2009). Effect of water table on greenhouse gas emissions from peatland mesocosms. Plant and Soil. Full Text
  • Aalders, I., Hough, R., Towers, W., Black, H. I. J., Ball, B. C., Griffiths, B. S., Hopkins, D. W., Lilly, A., McKenzie, B. M., Rees, R. M., Sinclair, A., Watson, C. A. and Campbell, C. A. (2009). Considerations for Scottish soil monitoring in the European context. European Journal of Soil Science 60[5], 833-843. Full Text
  • Furley,P.A., Rees,R.M., Ryan,C.M. & Saiz,G. 2008. Savanna burning and the assessment of long-term fire experiments with particular reference to Zimbabwe. Progress in Physical Geography, 32, 611-634
  • Williams, M., Ryan,C, Rees RM, Sambane E.,  Fernando, J and  Grace, J. Carbon sequestration and biodiversity of re-growing miombo woodlands in Mozambique.  Forest Ecology and Management,  In Press. Full Text
  • Bingham, I. J. and Rees, R. M. (2008). Senescence and N release from clover roots following permanent excision of the shoot. Plant Soil 303, 229-240. Full Text
  • Jones, S., Rees, R.M., Skiba, U.M. and Ball, B.C. (2007). Influence of organic and mineral N fertiliser on N2O production from a temperate grassland. Agriculture Ecosystems and the Environment.  Full Text
  • Topp, C. F. E., Stockdale, E . A., Watson. C. A. and Rees R. M. (2007)  Estimating resource use efficiencies in organic agriculture: a review of budgeting approaches used.  Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 87, 2782-2790. Full Text
  • Soussana, J.F., Allard, V. Pilegaard, K., Ambus, P., Amman, C. Campbell, C., Ceschia, E., Clifton-Brown, J., Czóbel Sz., Domingues  R., Fletchard, C., Fuhrer, J., Hensen, A., Horváth, L., Jones M., Kasper, G., Martin, C.,  Nagy, Z., Neftel, A., Raschi, A., Baronti, S., Rees, R.M., Skiba, U., Stefani, P., Sutton, M., Tuba, Z., and Valentini, R.  (2007).  Full accounting of the greenhouse gas (CO2, N2O, CH4) budget of nine European grassland sites.  Agriculture Ecosystems and the Environment.  Full Text
  • Flechard, C.R., Ambus, P., Skiba, U.M., Rees, R.M., et. al. (2007). Effects of climate and management intensity on nitrous oxide emissions in grassland systems across Europe.  Agriculture Ecosystems and the Environment.  Full Text
  • Rees, R.M., Wuta, M. Furley, P.A. & Li, C.S. (2006). Nitrous oxide fluxes from miombo woodlands in Zimbabwe.  Journal of Biogeography, 33 424-437. Full Text
  • Jones, S., Rees, R.M., Skiba, U.M. and Ball, B.C. (2006). Carbon sequestration in a temperate grassland; management and climatic controls. Soil Use and Management, 22 132-142. Full Text