Pete Smith

University of Aberdeen


  • Lead author to the SCOPE Rapid Assessment Project on the Benefits of Soil Carbon


After obtaining a PhD in 1991, Pete Smith worked as a Higher- then Senior-Scientific Officer at the MAFF Central Science Laboratory until 1994. He then worked as a Band 6 and Band 5 Senior Research Scientist at Rothamsted Research before joining the University of Aberdeen as a Senior Lecturer in 2001. He became a Reader in 2003, and Professor of Soils & Global Change in 2005. His main areas of expertise are in modelling greenhouse gas / carbon mitigation, bio-energy for fossil fuel offsets, and biological carbon sequestration. He is co-leader with Dr Jo Smith of the Environmental Modelling Group  (2 Academic staff, 18 Post-docs, 6 PhDs). He is Science Director of Scotland’s Climate Change Centre of Expertise.

Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award - 2008-2013; Research Fellow of the Royal Society - 2008-2013; Fellow of the Society of Biology (FSB elected: 2008); Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE - elected: 2009); Rothamsted Research Fellow (2010-present)

Soil carbon, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, ecosystem modelling, biogeochemistry, global change, bio-energy. Research funding in last 5 years = £5.3M.