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

Current projects and collaboration

  • External collaboration with CEH, Rothamsted Research, Cranfield University, INRA, CSIRO, University of Potsdam
  • Geostatistics and spatial analysis and time series analysis for a range of BGS programme projects
  • Spatial statistical methodology for earth sciences


  • Geostatistics
  • Sampling design
  • Scientific editing
  • Wavelet transforms

Professional association

  • Associate editor and statistical panel chair, European Journal of Soil Science
  • Editorial board, Spatial Statistics, Geoderma, Precision Agriculture
  • Fellow of Royal Statistical Society
  • Member of British Society of Soil Science
  •  2006 –2010 : Chair, Pedometrics Commission, International Union of Soil Science (2006–2010)

Research interests

  • Digital soil mapping
  • Environmental sampling and monitoring
  • Soil science
  • Spatial statistics

Published outputs

Key papers

LARK, R.M., MATHERS, S.J., THORPE, S., ARKELY, S.L.B., MORGAN, D.J., LAWRENCE, D.J.D. In Press. A statistical assessment of the uncertainty in a 3-D geological framework model. Proceedings of the Geologists Association

LARK, R.M., LAPWORTH, D.J. 2013. A novel quality measure for planning geochemical surveys of the soil by kriging. Geoderma, 197–198, 27–35.

LARK, R.M. 2012. Some considerations on aggregate sample supports for soil inventory and monitoring. European Journal of Soil Science, 63, 86–95.

LARK, R.M., DOVE, D., GREEN, S.L., STEVENSON, A., STEWART, H., STEVENSON, A. 2012. Spatial prediction of seabed sediment texture classes by cokriging from a legacy database of point observations. Sedimentary Geology, 281, 35–49

LARK, R.M. 2011. Spatially nested sampling schemes for spatial variance components: scope for their optimization. Computers and Geosciences 37, 1633–1641.