Professor David Hopkins
Royal Agricultural University, United Kingdom
David Hopkins is Professor of Soil Science and Dean of Agriculture, Food and Environment at the Royal Agricultural University, UK, having joined the University in October 2014. He was previously Professor and Head of the School of Life Sciences at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and before that Director of Science at the Scottish Crop Research Institute. He has also held postdoctoral position at the universities of Newcastle, Dundee and Stirling in the UK, the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. His research expertise is in soil biology and biochemistry with projects on decomposition processes in soils including the fate of residues from GM crops, terrestrial ecology in arid environments including both cold (polar) and hot deserts; and soil management particularly in dryland environments. He has extensive teaching, academic development, assessment and examining experience in higher education and has experience through research and consultancy projects in South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe, as well as field work experience in China, the Arctic (Finland, Iceland and Greenland) and Antarctica.