Prof. JONATHAN STORKEY
AgZero+ (ISP) Leader
Protecting Crops and the Environment
Jon is an agro-ecologist working at the interface of fundamental functional ecology and applied agricultural science, with a focus on reconciling crop production with biodiversity by integrating the ecosystem functions of cropped and un-cropped land. He is internationally recognised for advancing the application of trait-based approaches to the assembly and functioning of arable plant communities and has been PI or CoI on a range of interdisciplinary projects from a variety of funding sources, including BBSRC Responsive mode, NERC, Defra and EU. Recent work that he has led includes modelling the potential to reduce herbicide use in integrated weed management systems (EU H2020), quantifying the contribution of cropping system diversification to sustainable food production in sub-saharan Africa (GCRF) and designing multifunctional plant communities using relationships between traits and ecosystem function (Defra LINK).
Jon is Co-PI on the joint research council funded, National Capability, AgZero+, which aims to reconcile a transition to net zero agriculture with productivity and farmland biodiversity in partnership with UK-CEH. He sits on the committee overseeing the management of the Classical Experiments at Rothamsted, is a co-sponsor of Park Grass and Broadbalk and leads on the management of a new Long-Term cropping systems experiment, studying different components of regenerative agriculture.
Current and recently finished (2021) projects, Rothamsted PI
2022-2027 UKRI: AgZero+: Towards sustainable, climate-neutral farming
2017-2022 UKRI: ASSIST: Achieving Sustainable Agricultural Systems (£11M)
2019-2021 GCRF: Cropping system diversity, a cornerstone of sustainable intensification (£800K)
2017-2022 EU: Integrated Weed management: Practical solutions and implementation in Europe (€7M)
2019-2023 UKRI: New Science to Enable the Design of Agricultural Landscapes that Deliver Multiple Functions-AgLand (£1.3M)
2019-2021 Thirty Percy Foundation: Global Long-Term Experiment Network (£225K)
Modelling the causes of spatial and temporal variation in annual grass weeds in fields for precision weed management.
Understanding the links between soil, plants and pollinators
- 2001 - PhD Weed Ecology, Nottingham University
- 1994 - MSc Agronomy, Nottingham University (including Humber prize for highest marks)
- 1992 - BSc(IIi) Ecology, Lancaster University
MEASURES OF ESTEEM
- Subject Editor for Weed Research
- External PhD examiner, Aarhus University, Denmark
- Invited plenary speaker at Asia Pacific Weed Science Society Symposium 2016
- Invited keynote speaker at Weed Science Society od America Symposium 2016
- Invited keynote speaker at European Weed Research Society Symposium 2014