Dr Barry Rawlins

Dr Barry Rawlins

Team Leader: Soils and Landscape

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3140

E-mail Dr Barry Rawlins


  •  2007 – ongoing : Team Leader: Soils
  •  2001 –2005 : Environmental Soil Scientist / Geostatician
  •  1999 –2000 : Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (Energy: the changing Climate)
  •  1996 –1999 : Environmental Soil Scientist
  •  1993 –1996 : PhD University of Sheffield and Centre for Ecology and Hydrology


Research interests

  • CO2 evasion from surface water
  • soil science: soil erosion, soil carbon, soil metals and metalloids and trace elements, phosphorous in soils, sediment & stream water, soil monitoring, digital soil mapping, soil pollution
  • geostatistics: fixed effects and covriates for soil property estimation

Current projects and collaboration

Professional association

  • Member of British Standards Institution (Soil Quality Committee)
  • Member of the British Society of Soil Science Council. Chair of Midlands Soil Discussion Group

Published outputs

Key papers

Cooper, R. J., B. G. Rawlins, B. Leze, T. Krueger, and K. M. Hiscock. 2014. Combining two filter paper-based analytical methods to monitor temporal variations in the geochemical properties of fluvial suspended particulate matter. Hydrological Processes 28:4042-4056.

Cooper, R. J., T. Krueger, K. M. Hiscock, and B. G. Rawlins. 2014. Sensitivity of fluvial sediment source apportionment to mixing model assumptions: A Bayesian model comparison. Water Resources Research 50:9031-9047.

Lark, R. M., B. G. Rawlins, D. A. Robinson, I. Lebron, and A. M. Tye. 2014. Implications of short-range spatial variation of soil bulk density for adequate field-sampling protocols: methodology and results from two contrasting soils. European Journal of Soil Science 65:803-814.

Rawlins, B. G., B. Palumbo-Roe, D. C. Gooddy, F. Worrall, and H. Smith. 2014. A model of potential carbon dioxide efflux from surface water across England and Wales using headwater stream survey data and landscape predictors. Biogeosciences 11:1911-1925.

Rawlins, B. G., Wragg, J. & Lark, R. M. 2013. Application of a novel method for soil aggregate stability measurement by laser granulometry with sonication. European Journal of Soil Science, 64, 92-103.

Rawlins, B. G., Clark, L. M. & Boyd, D. S. 2013. Using air photos to parameterise landscape predictors of channel wetted width. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. DOI: 10.1002/esp.3469

Rawlins, B. G., Scheib, C., Tyler, A. N. & Beamish, D. 2012. Optimal mapping of terrestrial gamma dose rates using geological parent material and aerogeophysical survey data. Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 14, 3086-3093.

RAWLINS, B. G., MARCHANT, B. P., SMYTH, D., SCHEIB, C., LARK, R. M. & JORDAN, C. (2009). Airborne radiometric survey data and a DTM as covariates for regional scale mapping of soil organic carbon across Northern Ireland. European Jounral of Soil Science, 60, 44-54.

RAWLINS, B. G., SCHEIB, A., LARK, R. M., LISTER, T. R. (2009).   Sampling and analytical plus subsampling variance components for five soil indicators observed at regional scale. European Journal of Soil Science.
RAWLINS, B. G., WEBSTER, R., LAWLEY, TYE, A. M., LAWLEY, R. O'HARA, S. L. (2009). Estimating particle-size fractions of soil dominated by silicate minerals from geochemistry. European Jounral of Soil Science, 60, 116-126.

Gregory, A. S., G. J. D. Kirk, C. A. Keay, B. G. Rawlins, P. Wallace, and A. P. Whitmore. 2014. An assessment of subsoil organic carbon stocks in England and Wales. Soil Use and Management 30:10-22.

Rawlins, B. G., Harris, J., Price, S., Bartlett, M. (2013), A review of climate change impacts on urban soil functions with examples and policy insights from England, UK. Soil Use and Management. doi: 10.1111/sum.12079

Rawlins, B. G., P. Henrys, N. Breward, D. A. Robinson, A. M. Keith, and M. Garcia-Bajo. 2011. The importance of inorganic carbon in soil carbon databases and stock estimates: a case study from England. Soil Use and Management 27:312-320.

Rawlins, B. G., Scheib, C., Beamish, D., Webster, R., Tyler, A. N. & Young, M. E. 2011. Landscape-scale controls on the spatial distribution of caesium 137: A study based on an airborne geophysical survey across Northern Ireland. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 36, 158-169.