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 : MA University of Oxford, Pure and Applied Biology

Current projects and collaboration

  • External collaboration with Rothamsted Research, Geological Survey of Ireland, University College London, University of Nottingham, Bangor University, University of Southampton, Cranfield University, University of Edinburgh, University of Aberdeen, University of Potsdam, University of New South Wales.
  • IMP(3) Personal Research Programme in Spatial statistical methodology for earth sciences.
  •  2016 –2019 : BBSRC Responsive Mode Grant BB/N014960/1 "Plant-based controls on soil structural dynamics: elucidating the interactive roles of the genotype, phenotype and soil microbial community" with University of Nottingham
  •  2016 –2019 : BBSRC-SARIC programme grant "Real-time in situ sensing of soil nitrogen status to promote enhanced nitrogen use efficiency in agricultural systems", with Bangor University, University of Southampton, John Innes Centre

Research interests

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


  • Geostatistics
  • Sampling design
  • Scientific editing
  • Wavelet transforms

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 (2013-2016)
  • 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. 2016. Changes in the variance of a soil property along a transect, a comparison of a non-stationary linear mixed model and a wavelet transform. Geoderma, 266, 84-97.

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. 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.