Dr Barry Rawlins

Dr Barry Rawlins

Team Leader Sustainable Soils

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3140

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  •  2007 – ongoing : Team Leader: Sustainable 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 CEH


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

Kerry, R., Rawlins, B. G., Oliver, M. A. & Lacinska, A. S. U. a. M. 2009. Problems with determining the particle size distribution of chalk soil and some of their implications. . Geoderma, 152, 324-337.

Orton, T.G.; Rawlins, B.G.; Lark, R.M.. 2009 Using measurements close to a detection limit in a geostatistical case study to predict selenium concentration in topsoil. Geoderma, 152 (3-4). 269-282. 10.1016/j.geoderma.2009.06.014

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.

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.

APPLETON, J. D., RAWLINS, B. G., THORNTON, I. (2008) National-scale estimation of potentially harmful element ambient background concentrations in topsoil using parent material classified soil:stream-sediment relationships. Applied Geochemistry, 23, 2596-2611.

LARK, R.M & RAWLINS, B. G. (2008). Can we predict the provenance of a soil sample for forensic purposes by reference to a spatial database? European Journal of Soil Science, 59, 100-1006.

RAWLINS, B.G., VANE, C.H., KIM, A.W., TYE, A.M., KEMP, S., BELLAMY, P.H., 2008. Methods for estimating types of soil organic carbon and their application to surveys of UK urban areas. Soil Use and Management, 24, 47-59.
RIDING, J. B., RAWLINS, B. G., COley, K. H. 2007. Changes in soil pollen assemblages on footwear worn at different sites. Palynology, 31, 135-151.

SCHELLE, E., RAWLINS, B.G., LARK, R.M., WEBSTER, R., STATON, I., MCLEOD, C.W., (2008). Mapping aerial metal deposition in metropolitan areas from tree bark: a case study in Sheffield, England. Environmental Pollution, 155, 164-173.

RAWLINS, B.G., WEBSTER, R., LARK, R.M., 2007. Understanding airborne radiometric survey signals across part of eastern England. Earth Surf. Process. Landf. 32, 1503-1515.

VAN DER PERK, M., OWENS, P.N., DEEKS, L.K., RAWLINS, B.G., HAYGARTH, P.M., BEVEN, K.J., 2007. Controls on catchment-scale patterns of phosphorus in soil, streambed sediment, and stream water. Journal of Environmental Quality 36, 694-708.

LARK, R.M., BELLAMY, P.H., RAWLINS, B.G., 2006. Spatio-temporal variability of some metal concentrations in the soil of eastern England, and implications for soil monitoring. Geoderma 133, 363-379.

RAWLINS, B.G., KEMP, S.J., HODGKINSON, E.H., RIDING, J.B., VANE, C.H., POULTON, C., FREEBOROUGH, K., 2006. Potential and Pitfalls in Establishing the Provenance of Earth-Related Samples in Forensic Investigations. Journal of Forensic Sciences 51, 832-845.

RAWLINS, B.G., LARK, R.M., WEBSTER, R., O'DONNELL, K.E., 2006. The use of soil survey data to determine the magnitude and extent of historic metal deposition related to atmospheric smelter emissions across Humberside, UK. Environ. Pollut. 143, 416.

TYE, A.M., HODGKINSON, E.S., RAWLINS, B.G., 2006. Microscopic and chemical studies of metal particulates in tree bark and attic dust: evidence for historical atmospheric smelter emissions, Humberside, UK. J. Environ. Monit. 8, 904-912.

VAN DER PERK, M., OWENS, P.N., DEEKS, L.K., RAWLINS, B.G., 2006. Streambed sediment geochemical controls on in-stream phosphorus concentrations during baseflow. Water, Air and Soil Pollution 6, 443-451.

FORDYCE, F.M., BROWN, S.E., ANDER, E.L., RAWLINS, B.G., O'DONNELL, K.E., LISTER, T.R., BREWARD, N., JOHNSON, C.C., 2005. GSUE: urban geochemical mapping in Great Britain. Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis 5, 352-336.

RAWLINS, B.G., LARK, R.M., O'DONNELL, K.E., TYE, A.M., LISTER, T.R., 2005. The assessment of point and diffuse metal pollution from an urban geochemical survey of Sheffield, England. Soil Use and Management 21, 353-362.

JOHNSON, C.C., RAWLINS, B.G., BREWARD, N., 2004. The British Geological Survey's Geochemical Baseline Survey of the Environment: Arsenic in soil. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 68, A537.

RAWLINS, B.G., CAVE, M., 2004. Investigating multi-element soil geochemical signatures and their potential for use in forensic studies. In: Pye, K., Croft, D.J. (Eds.), Forensic Geoscience: Principles, Techniques and Applications. Geological Society, London, pp. 197-206.

RAWLINS, B.G., WEBSTER, R., LISTER, T.R., 2003. The influence of parent material on top soil geochemistry in eastern England. Earth Surf. Process. Landf. 28, 1389-1409.

RAWLINS, B.G., LISTER, T.R., CAVE, M., 2002. Arsenic in UK soils: reassessing the risks. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers 150, 187-190.

RAWLINS, B.G., LISTER, T.R., MACKENZIE, A., 2002. Trace metal pollution of soils in northern England. Environ. Geol. 42, 612-620.

SMITH, B., RAWLINS, B.G., CORDEIRO, M.J.A.R., HUTCHINS, M.G., TIBERINDWA, J.V., SSERUNJOGI, L., TOMKINS, A.M., 2000. The bioaccessibility of essential and potentially toxic trace elements in tropical soils from Mukon District, Uganda. Journal of the Geological Society London 157, 885-891.

HUTCHINS, M.G., SMITH, B., RAWLINS, B.G., LISTER, T.R., 1999. Assessing temporal and spatial variability of stream waters in Wales, the Welsh borders and part of the West Midlands. 1. Major ion concentrations. Water Research 33, 3479-3491.

RAWLINS, B.G., SMITH, B., G., H.M., LISTER, T.R., 1999. Temporal and spatial variability in stream waters of Wales, the Welsh borders and part of the West Midlands. 2. Alumino-silicate mineral stability, carbonate and gypsum solubility. Water Research 33, 3492-3502.

RAWLINS, B.G., FERGUSON, A.J., CHILTON, P.J., ARTHURTON, R.S., REES, J.G., BALDOCK, J.W., 1998. Review of Agricultural pollution in the Caribbean with Particular Emphasis on Small Island Developing States. Marine Pollution Bulletin 36, 658-668.

SMITH, B., HUTCHINS, M.G., RAWLINS, B.G., LISTER, T.R., SHAND, P., 1998. Methods for the integration, modelling and presentation of high resolution regional hydrochemical baseline survey data. J. Geochem. Explor. 64, 67-82.

WILLIAMS, T.M., RAWLINS, B.G., SMITH, B., BREWARD, N., 1998. In-vitro determination of arsenic bioavailability in contaminated soil and mineral beneficiation waste from Ron Phibun, southern Thailand: A basis for improved human risk assessment. Environ. Geochem. Health 20, 169-177.

RAWLINS, B.G., BAIRD, A.J., TRUDGILL, S.T., HORNUNG, 1996. The absence of preferential flow in the percolating waters of a coniferous forest soil. Hydrol. Process. 11, 575-585.