Dr Ian Grange

Acting Head of Centre for the Environment
Ian Grange

Position

Acting Head of Centre for the Environment

Qualifications

PhD (Sydney), MSc (Aberdeen), BSc (Newcastle-upon-Tyne), PGCHE (Glos), FHEA

Contact details

ian.grange@rau.ac.uk

Tel: 01285 652531

Biography

University responsibilities

  • Acting Head of Centre for the Environment
  • Member:
    • Academic Board
    • Validation Review Board
    • Academic Management Group
    • Senior Management Forum
  • Programme Manager:
    • FdSc Environmental Conservation & Heritage Management
    • FdSc Archaeology & Historic Landscape Conservation
    • BSc (Hons) Countryside Management top-up
    • BSc (Hons) Countryside Management (Archaeology) top-up
  • PhD supervisor:
    • Matthew Axe. Carbon sequestration in hedgerows and field margins: Completed 2015.
    • Lloyd Cockram. Use of farm swales to reduce pesticide runoff: Due for completion Dec 2019. Funded by Thames Water.
  • MSc (Research)
    • Tom Edwards. Pesticide movement in soils. Completed May 2018.
  • Work Based Placement Coordinator (Foundation Degrees)

Professional memberships

  • British Society of Soil Science (1995 - present)
  • Association of Applied Biologists (2013 – present)
  • Butterfly Conservation (2009 – present)
  • Gloucestershire Naturalists Society (2018 – present)
  • Cotswold Fungi Group (2015 - present)
  • Gloucestershire Reserves Management Committee, Butterfly Conservation (2009 – present)

External appointments

External Examiner:

  • University of Gloucestershire (2018 – present)
  • Harper Adams University (2010 – 2014)

Invited External Validation/ Institutional Review Panel Member:

  • University of South Wales, Bridgend College. HNC/HND Agriculture, Horticulture and Environmental Conservation (Apr 2018)
  • University of East Anglia/ UCS Great Yarmouth. FdSc in Wildlife Conservation & Animal Management (Feb 2016)
  • Berkshire College of Agriculture IR (Mar 2016)
  • Kingston Maurward College. FdSc Countryside & Coastal Management (Mar 2016)
  • Bishop Burton College IR (Mar 2016)

Peer reviewer:

  • Soil Use and Management. Published for the BSSS by Wiley-Blackwell. January 2012 – present.
  • Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI). Partner Call on Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research.
  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).
  • The Rural Economy and Land Use Programme (RELU, Phase IV) - Part of the multiagency Living with Environmental Change Programme (LWEC).
  • Charles Sturt University. Masters dissertation review work (2012 – present).

Research

Research Interests

Recent

  • Environment/ conservation related research work
    • Long-term bracken management experiment: Control measures and evaluating the impact of bracken on under-storey ground flora.
    • Long-term conservation grazing experiment of unimproved limestone grassland. Effects on plant diversity
  • ‘Baseline carbon additionality’
    • Carbon sequestration in hedgerows and field margins. Effects of management and implications at different scales.
    • Marginal carbon sequestration: Ivy, invasive scrub, bramble, bracken.
  • Soils research
    • Soil attribute variability, particularly carbon and bulk density, both spatially and through time at different scales. Sampling regimes/intensities to best describe and account for the variability of soil attribute data. Impact of land use transformations and associated management regimes on soil and other ecosystem components.

Previous

  • Carbon footprint modelling (Cool Farm Institute).
  • Adaptations to climate change: Carbon sequestration potential in Australian agricultural soils.
  • Prediction of total soil carbon and carbon fractions using mid-infrared spectroscopy (MIR).
  • Soil survey and land evaluation (Thai Department of Agriculture).
  • Assessment of soil management through field experimentation - sugarcane (tillage systems and economic comparisons) and tropical horticultural crops.
  • Impact of forest fallow farming systems on soil quality.
  • Green manure crops and rhizobial inoculation in legumes.
  • Amendments of crop nutrient deficiencies by foliar spraying.
  • Recycled organics.
  • Environmental impacts of urban expansion in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • The role of civil society (Thailand) in environmental management.

Teaching

Senior Lecturer: 

  • Environment and Countryside Management

Programme Manager:

  • FdSc Environmental Conservation and Heritage Management
  • FdSc Archaeology and Historic Landscape Conservation
  • BSc Countryside Management

Module leader

  • Countryside Management (15 credit, L6)
  • Landscape Conservation (20 credit, L5)
  • Supervisory and Mentoring Skills (20 credit, L5)
  • Introduction to Environmental Conservation and Heritage Management (10 credit, L4)
  • Practical Conservation Skills (30 credit, L4)
  • Farming and the Environment (15 credit, L3 equivalent)
  • Coordinate 12 other modules which are jointly taught with Cirencester College and industry partners.

Publications

Refereed publications

  • Axe M, Grange I and Conway JS (2017) Carbon storage in hedge biomass – A case study of actively managed hedges in England. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 250, pp. 81-88.

  • Grange I (2016). Targeted conservation grazing using molasses to increase preferential consumption of old growth pasture grasses. Conservation Evidence Journal, 13, pp. 82-87.

  • Grange I (2013) Bracken Pteridium aquilinum control on small conservation sites, Miserden, UK. Conservation Evidence Journal, 10, pp. 16-19.

  • Grange I, Murphy, B, Rawson A (2008) Guidelines for estimating soil carbon levels in Eastern Australia. Report for the Project: Land Management to Increase Carbon Sequestration in NSW (Project 2), Development of a Soil Carbon Sampling Protocol, The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Projects Programme (GGERPP), Forests NSW.

  • Wilson B, Cowie A, Murphy BW, Singh BP, Young R, Rawson A, Grange I, Dixon J (2008) Proposed sampling protocol for soil carbon. Report for the Project: Land Management to Increase Soil Carbon Sequestration in NSW, The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Projects Programme (GGERPP), NSW DPI.

  • Grange I, Prammanee P, Prasertsak P (2005) Comparative analysis of different tillage systems used in sugarcane (Thailand). Australian Farm Business Management (AFBM) Journal, 2 (1).

  • Grange I, Rawson A (2005) Soil carbon variability in central NSW. Australian Farm Business Management (AFBM) Journal, 2 (2).

  • Grange I (2004) Soil excavation and landfill: a significant problem for central Thailand? Natural History Bulletin of the Siam Society 52 (1) 1-8. Bangkok, Thailand.

  • Grange I, Kansuntisukmongkol K (2003) Effect of fallow length on soil structure, hydraulic properties, and soil organic carbon in a swidden cultivation system of Western Thailand. Tropical Agriculture (Trinidad), (80) 4.

  • Grange I, Prammanee P, Prasertsak P (2002) The effect of sugarcane management systems on the soil physical and chemical properties in the central plains of Thailand. Thai Journal of Agricultural Science, 35 (2).

  • Grange I, Choodee K (2000) Effects of foliar sprays on iron deficient jackfruit (Autocarpus integrus Merr.) growing in calcareous soils. Thai Journal of Soils and Fertilizers, 22 (1).

  • Grange I, Choodee K, Phudphong N, Bamroongkit A (1999) Effects of soil surface management techniques on the soil chemical and physical characteristics of two soil series, over time, in Kanchanaburi, Western Thailand. Thai Journal of Agricultural Science, 32 (3).

  • Grange I, Phudphong N (1999) Biofertilization by rhizobial inoculation in clay soils of Kanchanaburi, Western Thailand. Thai Journal of Soils and Fertilizers, 21 (4).

Refereed conference publications

  • Axe M, Grange I, Conway J (2018) Hedgerow agroforestry in England and Wales: Increasing width to sequester additional carbon. 4th European Agroforestry Conference, 24-30 May, Njimegen, The Netherlands. Prize for Best Conference Poster.

  • Grange I, Swallow, K (2018) Bracken control in the first year is as good as it gets! Ecosystem and Habitat Management; research, policy, practice. Association of Applied Biologists; Worcester 27-28 March.

  • Axe M, Grange I, Baines RN, Conway JS (2013) Carbon sequestration in British hedgerows. Association of Applied Biologists, Rethinking Agricultural Systems in the UK. St Catherine’s College, Oxford, 18-19 December 2013.

  • Axe M, Grange I, Baines RN, Conway, JS (2012) Annual production and destination of shoots from a flailed hedge. International Symposium on Hedgerows: Hedgerow Futures, Staffordshire University, 3-5 September 2012.

  • Axe M, Grange I, Baines RN, Conway, JS (2012) Carbon sequestration by an agricultural hedgerows – methods and rationale. International Symposium on Hedgerows: Hedgerow Futures, Staffordshire University, 3-5 September 2012.

  • Grange I, Kansuntisukmongkol K (2004) Impact of fallow length on soil structure and soil water characteristics in a swidden cultivation system of western Thailand. In: Singh B et al. (Eds.), Supersoil 2004: Programme and Abstracts for the 3rd Australian New Zealand Soils Conference, University of Sydney, Australia, 5 – 9 December 2004. http://www.regional.org.au/au/asssi/

  • Prammanee P, Grange I, Prasertsak P, Lairungreung C, Sruttaporn C (2001) Minimum tillage of sugarcane in Thailand: Its effect on yields, soil properties and cost effectiveness. 24th International Society of Sugarcane Technologists Congress, Brisbane, Australia, August 16-21, 2001.

Unrefereed conference publications

  • Cockram L, Hopkins D, Grange I (2018) Investigating the use of swales for the attenuation of metaldehyde in agricultural surface runoff. Soil Science: Beyond Food and Fuel, 21st World Congress of Soil Science, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 12-17 August 2018.

  • Axe, MS, Grange I, Conway, JS (2018) Utilising hedgerows for landscape scale carbon sequestration. Farm Woodland Forum, The Allerton Project, Loddington, Leics. 10-11th July 2018.

  • Swallow, K, Grange I (2017) Seasonal constraints or opportunities? Teaching field ecology skills through the academic year. School Farms Network, RAU Cirencester, 30 June – 1 July.

  • Smith M, Grange I, Masefield S, Swallow K, Wilson Z (2016). Effects of different conservation grazing management regimes on small mammal populations in calcareous grassland. Mammal Society 62nd Spring Conference, Yarnfield Park Training & Conference Centre, Staffs, 8-10 April.

  • Grange I, Wilson A (2015) How much additional biomass carbon does Ivy (Hedera Helix) contribute to woodlands? A preliminary study. Farm Woodland Forum Annual Conference, ‘Woodfuel from Agroforestry’. Organic Research Centre, Newbury, 18-19 May 2015.

  • Grange I (2013) Soil Protection: An EU Perspective. Sino-EU Cooperation on the Research of Agricultural Clean Technology Practice and Eco-compensation Policy for Addressing Climate Change. 11 Sep 2013. Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester.

  • Axe, MS, Grange I, Baines, RN, Conway, JS (2013) Carbon sequestration by agricultural hedgerows - evidence to date and improving predictions. British Society of Soil Science, Early Career Conference. March 27-28, 2013. University of York.

  • Axe M, Grange I, Baines RN, Conway, JS (2012) Carbon stocks in hedgerows. British Society of Soil Science Annual Meeting, University of Nottingham, UK, 4-5 September 2012.

  • Grange I, Rawson A (2010) Soil carbon variability of a grassy woodland ecosystem in southeastern Australia: Implications for sampling. 19th World Congress of Soil Science, Brisbane, Australia, 1-6 August 2010.

  • Grange, I (2009). The value of organic matter in soil management. The Future of Your Soil, Rural Enterprise Gateway, Knowledge Network Seminar, 18 May 2009. Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester [also joint programme organiser].

  • Grange I, Rawson A, Nicol H (2007) Soil carbon density: Aspects of sampling in a variable environment. Charles Sturt University Research Showcase 2007, 19 November 2007, Orange, NSW, Australia. Award for best presentation.

  • Cowie AL, Murphy B, Rawson A, Wilson B, Singh B, Young R, Grange I (2007) Carbon sequestration in agricultural soils: A potential carbon trading opportunity? Greenhouse 2007: Latest Science and Technology, 2-5 October 2007, Sydney, Australia.

  • Grange I, Rawson A (2007) Problems with sampling intensity and bulk density measurements in forest soils. International Symposium on Forest Soils and Ecosystem Health, 19-23 August 2007, Noosa, Australia.

  • Grange I, Rawson A, Nicol H (2006) Carbon variability in a grassy woodland / pasture paired-site in Central West, NSW. Australian Society of Soil Science Incorporated and the Australasian Soil and Plant Analysis Council Inc Conference, 3-7 December 2006, Adelaide, Australia. Best session presentation.

  • Grange I, Rawson A, Nicol H (2006) Soil bulk density: how effective is the core method? Australian Society of Soil Science Incorporated and the Australasian Soil and Plant Analysis Council Inc Conference, 3-7 December 2006, Adelaide, Australia.

  • Grange I, Rawson A, Nicol H (2006) Carbon balance in soils and vegetation of a grassy woodland ecosystem in south-eastern Australia: implications for sampling. British Society of Soil Science Annual General Meeting. Soils, Vegetation and Climate Change, 13-15 September 2006, Leeds, UK.

  • Grange I, Rawson A, Nicol H (2006) Do sampler cores accurately reflect soil bulk density? British Society of Soil Science Annual General Meeting. Soils, Vegetation and Climate Change, 13-15 September 2006, Leeds, UK.

  • Grange I, Rawson A (2005) The significance of soil as a sink for carbon – a Central West perspective. Rural Futures 2020, Postgraduate Research Student Conference, Charles Sturt University, Orange, 23 November 2005.

  • Grange I (2005) Soil carbon variability in Central NSW. Orange Research Showcase, Charles Sturt University & the University of Sydney, Orange Campus, 5-6 May 2005. Poster presentation.

  • Grange I (2004) Assessment of soil organic carbon variability in western NSW. Research Student Conference: Sustainability Research and Education Day. The University of Sydney, Orange Campus, 2 December 2004.

  • Grange I, Prammanee P, Prasertsak P (2004) Comparative analysis of different tillage systems used in sugarcane (Thailand). In: Charry, A. and Loo, E.C. (Eds.) 2004 AFBM/Network Conference: ‘Profit in an Uncertain Environment’, Proceedings of Abstracts, Orange NSW 2800, Australia, 5 - 7 December 2004.

  • Grange I, Prammanee, P & Prasertsak, P (2003). Effects of Tillage Systems on Soil Physical Properties and Sugarcane Yield in Thailand. International Soil Tillage Research Organization (ISTRO), 16th Triennial Conference, Brisbane, Australia, 13-18 July 2003.

  • Grange I (2003) Cultural Perspectives of Environmental Policy: Forest Policy in Thailand. International Perspectives on Environmental Public Policy, Budapest, Hungary, June 2-4, 2003. University of San Francisco and Pazmany Peter Katolikus Egyetem.

  • Poungsomlee A, Grange I (2003) Civil Society Participation and Partnerships in Environmental Policy: The Present Situation of Thailand. International Perspectives on Environmental Public Policy, Budapest, Hungary, June 2-4, 2003. University of San Francisco and Pazmany Peter Katolikus Egyetem.

  • Grange I (2003) Biospeculation / Biopiracy: A Thai Perspective. Security and Natural Resource Conflicts New Vulnerability and New Vigilance. Inter-University Short Executive Programme, Environmental UN University for Peace (UPEACE) and the Network of Asia Pacific Universities and Institutions for Conflict Prevention and Peace-Building (APCP). Mahidol University, Bangkok, 14 – 18 July 2003.

  • Grange I, Dilokwanich S (2002) Towards Community Based River Basin Management: A Case Study of the Tachin River in Central Thailand. 'Asian Community Empowerment in Environmental Management: A Policy Issue'. The 5th Asian Development Research Forum (ADRF) General Meeting, 2-3 December 2002. Bangkok, Thailand.

  • Grange I, Prammanee P, Prasertsak P (2002) Long Term Effects of Soil Tillage Systems on Sugarcane Yield and Soil Properties. 17th World Congress of Soil Science, August 14-21, 2002, Bangkok, Thailand. (Poster).

  • Grange I (2001) Carbon Sequestration in Soils. Annual Conference, ‘Environmental Crisis: Research Directions for Thailand’, September 26, 2001, Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand.

  • Grange I (2001) The influence of soil surface management practices on the nutrient status and physical properties of calcareous soils in Western Thailand. International Workshop on Nutrient Balances for Sustainable Agricultural Production and Natural Resource Management in Southeast Asia, IWMI / IBSRAM, February 20-22, 2001, Bangkok, Thailand.

  • Prammanee P, Grange I, Prasertsak P, Lairungreung C, Sruttaporn C (2000) Effect of minimumtillage on sugarcane yield and soil properties. I. Effect on sugarcane yield and juice quality. Thai Society of Sugar Cane Technologists Congress, August 14-17, Korat, Thailand.

  • Grange I, Prammanee P, Prasertsak P, Lairungreung C, Sruttaporn C (2000) Effect of soil minimum-tillage on sugarcane yield and soil properties. II. Effect on soil properties. Thai Society of Sugar Cane Technologists Congress, August 14-17, Korat, Thailand.

  • Grange I (1996) An investigation into the effects of two different planting techniques on the root growth of guava. Proceedings of the Horticultural Research Institute Annual Conference, DOA, 3-7 March 1996, Nakhon Phanom, Thailand.

Consultancies & reports

  • Invited expert: Inquiry into the future of agricultural and rural policies in Wales. Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee. 28 Sep 2016, National Assembly of Wales.

  • Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee (2017) The Future of Land Management in Wales. National Assembly for Wales. (http://www.assembly.wales/laid%20documents/cr-ld10995/cr-ld10995-e.pdf)
  • Invited speaker: Science and Innovation Section of British Embassy Beijing to a UK China Agri-Tech Workshop, 8 July 2015 in Beijing, supported by the UK’s Milan Expo programme funded jointly with China International Technology Transfer Centre.

  • Grange I (2015) Soil Assessment Approaches for Improved Productivity. UK China Agri-Tech Workshop 8 July 2015, British Embassy, Beijing, China.

  • Grange I (2015) Soil Assessment Approaches for Improved Productivity. UK China Agri-Tech Workshop 8 July 2015, British Embassy, Beijing, China.

  • Invited EU expert: ‘The Sino-EU Communication Platform for Agricultural and Rural Environmental Protection Technology and Experience - Project A25 of the PDSF’. Part of the Sino-EU Agriculture and Rural Development Cooperation Programme signed between China and the EU. 22-23 April 2014.

  • Grange I (2014) A catchment scale approach to address soil and water management issues. Experts’ meeting of Communication Platform for Agricultural and Rural Environmental Protection Technology and Experience in Beijing, 22-23 April 2014.

  • Invited EU Expert: International Conference on “Sharing and Transfer of Technology and Experience in Rural Environmental Protection” Chongming County, Shanghai, 24 - 26 April 2013 supported by PDSF II (Activity 9).

  • Grange I (2013) Simple and effective soil assessment for improved productivity. International Conference ‘Sharing and Transfer of Technology and Experience in Rural Environmental Protection’, Chongming Island, Shanghai, 24-26 April 2013.

Other consultancies

  • Grange I (2010) Development of measurement protocols for carbon pools in field boundaries: hedgerows, margins and tree strips. Royal Agricultural College Pump-priming grant project.

  • Grange I, Rawson A (2007) “Soil Watch” Test Experiment, Central West. Assessment of the soil sampling protocol for the Soil and Land Condition Monitoring, Evaluation & Reporting, DECC, NSW.

  • Poungsomlee A, Dilokwanich S, Grange I (2003) Civil Society Partnership: Thailand Country Development Partnership for the Environment (CDP-E). A Report for the World Bank. Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies, Mahidol University, Thailand.

  • Navanugraha C, Grange I (2002) Soil Biodiversity in Thailand. Report produced for the Biodiversity Research and Training Programme (BRT), Bangkok, Thailand.

  • Grange I (1998) Soil Survey of Kanchanaburi Horticultural Experiment Station. Horticultural Research Institute, Department of Agriculture, Bangkok, Thailand (ISBN 974-05-0162-1).

Communication and exposure of research