Dr William Stiles

BSc. (Hons) PhD

Dr William Stiles

Knowledge Exchange Fellow

Contact Details

Profile

From the Knowledge Exchange Hub at IBERS, Will provides current and applicable scientific knowledge to the agricultural industry through Farming Connect which is a high profile, integrated project supplying focussed training, support and advice, delivered through a pan-Wales programme of knowledge transfer activities, specialist advice and support for innovation. A key objective of Farming Connect is to increase the emphasis on business-focused behaviour, therefore improving profitability, competitiveness and environmental performance of farm, forestry and food businesses in Wales. Farming Connect is funded through the Rural Development Plan (RDP) 2014 - 2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

Through Farming Connect Will has produced numerous technical articles on a range of topics, with particular focus on climate and environmental change, to disseminate current scientific research to the agricultural industry. He is also involved in the development of farmer-led agricultural research through the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) scheme in Wales .

Additional Information

Will completed a PhD in ecology and biogeochemistry at IBERS, Aberystwyth University through the IBERS PhD studentship in 2016, with a thesis entitled: Identifying key environmental factors affecting primary productivity and ecosystem services in the uplands.

Prior to this, Will Studied for a BSc (Hons) in Ecology & Environmental Management (joint honours) at the University of Worcester, graduating with First-class honours in 2012, before working on a project at Cranfield University for the HGCA to develop a calibration model for measuring phosphorus in UK soil, using visible and near infrared spectroscopy.

Teaching

Research

Research interests include ecological and soil based responses to system biogeochemical change, such as in response to nutrient, particularly nitrogen (N), pollution. Specifically, this has focused on the effect of phosphorus (P) availability in situations of chronic N pollution and the role of P limitation with regard to influence on plant diversity, soil biology, carbon fluxes and soil carbon storage potential.

Publications

Stiles, W 2017, 'Multi-species grassland: Is it time to consider your roots?', Farming Connect, 14 December.
Stiles, W 2017, 'Better soil management: reducing or stopping soil tillage', Farming Connect, 19 October.
Stiles, W 2017, 'Poultry manure management', Farming Connect, 09 October.
Stiles, W, Rowe, E & Dennis, P 2018, 'Nitrogen and phosphorus enrichment effects on CO2 and methane fluxes from an upland ecosystem' Science of the Total Environment, vol 618, pp. 1199-1209. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.09.202
Stiles, W & Wootton-Beard, P 2017, 'Vertical Farming: a new future for food production?', Farming Connect, 11 September.
Stiles, W, Rowe, EC & Dennis, P 2017, 'Long term nitrogen and phosphorus enrichment alters vegetation species composition and reduces carbon storage in upland soil' Science of the Total Environment, vol 593-594, pp. 688-694. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.03.136
Stiles, W 2017, 'Agroforestry: an opportunity for sustainable intensification of farmland to improve productivity and reduce environmental impact', Farming Connect, Welsh Government, 04 August.
Stiles, W 2017, 'Vermicomposting: an alternative method for organic waste management', Farming Connect, Welsh Government, 11 July.
Stiles, W 2017, '3. Climate change in grass-based agricultural systems: approaches for mitigation', Farming Connect, 22 May.
Stiles, W 2017, '1. The impact of climate change on grass-based agricultural systems', Farming Connect, 18 May.
Stiles, W 2017, '2. Climate change in grass-based agricultural systems: approaches for adaptation', Farming Connect, 18 May.
Stiles, W 2017, 'The importance of biodiversity and wildlife on farmland', Farming Connect, Welsh Government, 01 March.
Stiles, W 2017, 'Potential sources of protein for animal feed: Insects', Farming Connect, Welsh Government, 11 January.
Stiles, W 2017, 'Can increasing plant species richness in grassland maintain yield and improve soil carbon storage?', Farming Connect, Welsh Government, 01 January.
Stiles, W 2016, 'Current factors affecting UK woodlands and forestry industry: Pathogens', Farming Connect, Welsh Government.
Stiles, W 2016, 'Current factors affecting UK woodlands and forestry industry: Pest species', Farming Connect, Welsh Government.
Stiles, W 2016, 'Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs)', Farming Connect, Welsh Government.
Stiles, W 2016, 'The case for alternative protein sources for animal feed', Farming Connect, Welsh Government.
Stiles, W 2016, 'Alternative sources of protein for animal feed: Lupins', Farming Connect, Welsh Government.
Stiles, W 2016, 'The potential of tree and hedgerow planting to reduce the frequency and impact of flood events in the UK', Farming Connect, Welsh Government.
Stiles, W 2016, 'The benefits of hedgerows and trees for agriculture', Farming Connect, Welsh Government.
Stiles, W 2016, 'Could current agricultural practice be tailored to combat climate change?', Farming Connect, Welsh Government.
Stiles, W, Rowe, E & Dennis, P 2015, The role of phosphorus availability: has nitrogen deposition pushed the upland ecosystem to the limit? in BES Annual Meeting 13–16 December 2015 EICC, Edinburgh, Scotland. British Ecological Society annual meeting, Edinburgh, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2015.