Dr Murray Lark

Dr Murray Lark

Environmental Statistician

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3242

E-mail Dr Murray Lark


  •  2011 : Environmental Statistician IM(3). BGS
  •  2007 : Visiting Professor, Cranfield University
  •  2007 : Visiting Professor, University of Reading
  •  2004 –2010 : Rothamsted Research. Environmetrics Group Leader and Deputy Head, Department of Biomathematics and Bioinformatics
  •  1995 –2004 : Silsoe Research Institute. Mathematics Group
  •  1992 –1994 : University of Wales Fellow, Lampeter
  •  1991 : DPhil University of Oxford, Soil Science and statistics
  •  1987 : BA University of Oxford, Pure and Applied Biology


  • Geostatistics
  • Sampling design
  • Scientific editing
  • Wavelet transforms

Research interests

  • Environmental Spatial statistics
  • Sampling and monitoring
  • Soil system science
  • Uncertainty, its quantification and communication

Current projects and collaboration

  • External collaboration with Rothamsted Research, Geological Survey of Ireland, University College London, Nottingham University, Cranfield University, University of Edinburgh, University of Aberdeen, Bangor University, University of Potsdam, University of New South Wales.
  • Geostatistics and spatial analysis and time series analysis for a range of BGS programme projects.
  • Spatial statistical methodology for earth sciences.

Professional association

  • Associate editor and statistical panel chair, European Journal of Soil Science
  • Chair of the Soils: Statistics and Informatics Subdivision, European Geosciences Union Soil System Sciences division.
  • Editorial board, Spatial Statistics, Geoderma
  • Fellow of Royal Statistical Society
  • Member of the British Society of Soil Science (F.I. Soil Sci.)
  •  2006 –2010 : Chair, Pedometrics Commission, International Union of Soil Science (2006–2010)

Published outputs

Key papers

LARK, R.M. 2015. Using third-order cumulants to investigate spatial variation: A case study on the porosity of the Bunter Sandstone. Spatial Statistics, 11, 96–112.

LARK, R.M., KNIGHTS, K.V. 2015. The implicit loss function for errors in soil information Geoderma, 251–252, 24–32.

LARK, R.M., LAWLEY, R.S., BARRON, A.J.M., ALDISS, D.T., AMBROSE, K., COOPER, A.H., LEE,J.R., WATERS, C.N. 2015. Uncertainty in mapped geological boundaries held by a national geological survey: eliciting the geologists’ tacit error model Solid Earth, 6, 727–745.

LARK, R.M., RAWLINS, B.G., ROBINSON, D.A., LEBRON, I., TYE, A.M. 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.

LARK, R.M. THORPE, S., KESSLER, H. MATHERS, S.J. 2014. Interpretative modelling of a geological cross section from boreholes: sources of uncertainty and their quantification. Solid Earth, 5, 1189–1203.

LARK, R.M., ANDER, E.L., CAVE, M.R., KNIGHTS, K.V., GLENNON, M.M, SCANLON, R.P. 2014.Mapping trace element deficiency by cokriging from regional geochemical soil data: a case study on cobalt for grazing sheep in Ireland. Geoderma, 226–227, 64–78.

LARK, R.M. 2012. Towards soil geostatistics. Spatial Statistics, 1, 92–99.