Dr William Stiles BSc. (Hons) PhD
Knowledge Exchange Fellow
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- Personal Website: https://businesswales.gov.wales/farmingconnect/news-case-studies/technical-articles
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 .
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.
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.
Better soil management: reducing or stopping soil tillage. Other2017.
Poultry manure management. Other2017.
Nitrogen and phosphorus enrichment effects on CO2 and methane fluxes from an upland ecosystem. Science of the Total Environment 610 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.09.2022017.
Vertical Farming: a new future for food production? Other2017.
Long term nitrogen and phosphorus enrichment alters vegetation species composition and reduces carbon storage in upland soil. Science of the Total Environment 593-594 pp. 688-694. 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.03.136 Cadair2017.
Agroforestry: an opportunity for sustainable intensification of farmland to improve productivity and reduce environmental impact. Other2017.
Vermicomposting: an alternative method for organic waste management. Other2017.
The role of phosphorus availability: has nitrogen deposition pushed the upland ecosystem to the limit? BES Annual Meeting 13–16 December 2015 EICC, Edinburgh, Scotland. British Ecological Society annual meeting. Cadair2015.