Dr Adrian Bass
- Lecturer in Biogeochemistry (School of Geographical & Earth Sciences)
I am a carbon cycle biogeochemist who specialises in carbon dynamics at terrestrial-aquatric boundaries. My research has taken me from the poles to the tropics where I have studied lateral carbon fluxes in rivers, dynamics of greenhouse gas evasion from river / wetlands / estuaries, and modelling carbon and water mass mixing in both rivers and oceanic systems. I am also interested in the stocks and fluxes of global pyrogenic carbon and its use as a carbon sequestration mechanism. I graduated with a degree in marine biology from the University of Wales Swansea in 2001, completed a Ph.D in lake carbon-cycle functioning from the University of Glasgow in 2008, before conducting 6 years of post doctoral research at James Cook University and Western Sydney University, Australia.
- Aquatic carbon cycle processes.
- Aquatic and terrestrial ecosystem biosphere-atmosphere flux dynamics.
- Lateral and vertical fluxes of carbon from terrestrial to aquatic systems.
- Small- and large-scale drivers of trace gas fluxes from soils, focusing on methane and carbon dioxide.
- Integration of local aquatic carbon flux estimates into regional models.
- Natural abundance stable isotope tracer techniques in aquatic and terrestrial systems.
- Interaction of terrestrial and aquatic carbon stocks.
- Land-use alteration impact on fluvial carbon dynamics.
- Climatic impact on fluvial carbon cycle processes.
- Spectrometric techniques for stable isotope analysis.
- Development of high temporal resolution stable isotope instrumentation.
- Biochar as an agricultural amendment, including yield improvements, plant health and soil resilience to climate variation for sustainable production.
- Non-CO2 greenhouse gas emission reductions from soil using biochar.
- Local to ecosystem scale trace gas fluxes, including CO2, CH4 and N2O.
2019: FIRE-RECOVER – Drivers of greenhouse gas emissions during recovery from fire in peatlands undergoing restoration. NERC (NE/T006544/1).
2019: Living Deltas. £1.7 million of £17.4 million GCRF Research Hub. NERC (NES0089261).
2019: Elucidating the controls on CH4 and CO2 emissions from permafrost thaw lakes using radiocarbon analysis. £16,566. NERC (NRCF010001; allocation number 2128.1018.001).
2019: Aquasence. ERC (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2018). £4.06 million. - European training network in water quality monitoring and field sensor development.
2017: Principals Early Career Mobility Fund. £4,650. Glasgow University.
2016: Post Doctoral and Early Career Researcher Exchange. £4,100. SAGES+
2016: Does lateral export of carbon decrease in a greener savanna? £7015. The Carnegie Trust.
2013: Delineating oceanic water mass boundaries at high spatial resolution using automated carbon, oxygen and hydrogen stable isotope ratios in a transect from New Zealand to Antarctica. AU$11,500. James Cook University.
2012: James Cook University Internal Grants 'Development of an automated system for continuous, un-attended measurement of dissolved inorganic carbon concentration and stable isotopic composition in aquatic systems.'
2011: James Cook University Internal Grants 'Modelling high temporal resolution export dynamics of carbon from a small, sharply inclined tropical rainforest catchment.'
PhD supervision (Co-supervised):
Lea Stolpmann. Carbon sediment dynamics in eroding and prograding mangrove forests. 2020 - present
Alison Brown. Greenhouse gas emissions from human-impacted rivers: Identifying ‘hotspots’ from source-to-sea, their drivers and stability. 2019 - present
Jennifer Mallon. Community Productivity and Calcification of Caribbean Coral Reefs undergoing Phase-shift. 2018 – present.
Chao Gu. Fluvial carbon dynamics in temperate urban / agricultural catchment. 2017 – present.
Getachew Agegnehu. Impacts of biochar and compost on soil fertility, crop performance and carbon sequestration in tropical agricultural soils. 2012-2016.
Amy Beavan. Composting with Biochar in the tropics: Case studies in sugarcane. 2013-present.
Iain Murray. Riverine dissolved organic carbon change in the UK. 2020.
Rowan Lanning. Water quality at sacred sites in Scotland, UK: Preservation & human health. 2020.
Stephanie Saunders. Quantifying carbon sequestration and CO2 efflux from Glasgows canal network. 2016.
Cara Kinniburgh. Does land use around the Drumtree catchment have an effect on carbon efflux in the Drumtree Water? 2016.
Francis Meehan. A critical analysis and comparison of proposed flood alleviation schemes for the city of Leeds. 2016.
Marshall James Morrison (honors). Development of an Automated In-Situ Device for Measuring Dissolved Inorganic Carbon and pCO2 in River Water. 2009.
Chantelle Louise Berkin (honors). Lateral flux of dissolved organic carbon in a tropical floodplain of Northern Australia. 2012.
- Level-1 Geography
- Monitoring Water Environments in 'Sustainable Water Environments MS.c'
- Oceanography Lead
- Practical Oceanography
Co-organised '11th Australasian Environmental Isotope Conference' July 2011, Cairns.
Co-organised '4th Australasian Hydrogeology Research Conference' July 2011, Cairns.
11th Australasian Environmental Isotope Conference, (2011), session: 'Isotopes in terrestrial, aquatic and marine ecology'.
Queensland Peanut Farmers Association, 2014. 'Biochar as a carbon off-set mechanism and productivity enhancement in the Queensland Peanut Industry'.
Herbert Cane Productivity Services, 2014. 'Biochar as a carbon off-set mechanism and productivity enhancement in the Queensland Sugar Cane Industry'.
Thermofisher, Brenna, 2016. 'High resolution stable isotope analysis in aquatic environments'
Bass AM, Bird MI, (2015) Biochar and compost amendments for soil carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas mitigation. National Soil Carbon Program (NSCP), Canberra.
Bass AM, Bird MI, Jenberu G, Beavan A, Nelson P (2014) Biochar as a soil amendment in tropical Australia: Crop yield and growth, greenhouse gas fluxes and soil chemistry. National Soil Science Conference, Melbourne.
Munksgaard NC, Zwart C, Bass AM, Wurster C, Haig J, Nott J (2013) Stable isotopes in precipitation and paleoclimatic archives in tropical areas to improve regional hydrological and climatic impact models. International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna.
Munksgaard NC, Bass AM, Wurster C, Bird I (2013). Analysis of δ18O and δD in environmental waters at high temporal and spatial resolution by Diffusion Sampling – Cavity Ring-down Spectrometry (DS-CRDS). European Geosciences Union meeting, Vienna.
Bass, A. M., M. I. Bird, M. Liddell & P. Nelson. (2011). Fluvial dynamics of dissolved and particulate organic carbon during periodic flood events in a steep tropical rainforest catchment.11th Australasian Environmental Isotope Conference, Cairns.
Bass, A. M., S. Waldron, T. Preston, and C. E. Adams. (2007) Temporal and Spatial Variation in δ13CDIC and δ18ODO: A Case Study Using Loch Lomond, Scotland. Isotopes in Ecology conference, Belfast.
Bass, A. M., S. Waldron, T. Preston, and C. E. Adams. (2006) Temporal and Spatial Variation in δ13CDIC and δ18ODO: A Case Study Using Loch Lomond, Scotland. (2006). Scottish Freshwater Group, Stirling.
Bass, A. M., S. Waldron, T. Preston, and C. E. Adams. (2005). Dissolved Organic Carbon in Loch Lomond, Scotland: Spatial and temporal variation in concentration and isotopic composition. Scottish Freshwater Group conference, Stirling.
Bass, A. M., S. Waldron, T. Preston, and C. E. Adams. (2005). Dissolved Organic Carbon in Loch Lomond, Scotland: Spatial and temporal variation in concentration and isotopic composition. American Society of Limnology and Oceanography conference, Santiago de Compostella.
Reviewer in several international journals including: Limnology and Oceanography, Biogeochemistry, Science of the Total Environment, Global Change Biology, Hydrological Processes, Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry.
Discovery grants reviewer, Australian Research Council (ARC).
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