Cranfield University appoints two new professors to environmental posts

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Science and engineering research institution, Cranfield University, has made two professorial appointments to boost its work on water management and emissions

Cranfield University has appointed Ian Holman as professor of integrated land and water management and Sean Tyrrel as professor of bioaerosol science.

Holman joined Cranfield in 1994 as part of the soil survey and land research centre and since 2013 has been reading integrated land and water management.

His current research focuses on understanding how interactions between land management, soil properties and weather effect water resources, water quality and agricultural yields under current and future climates. He has led contributions to a number of major UK government and European Commission funded projects relating to water and land resources.

Elise Cartmell, theme lead for environmental technology at Cranfield University, said Holman’s appointment “reinforced” the university’s expertise on water management.

Tyrrel has a research track record of more than nearly 30 years in the application of microbiological principles to challenges in waste and wastewater management, environmental protection and its implications for human health.

He has secured and managed research contracts funded by groups including, WRAP, DEFRA, DFID and several water and waste management companies. He leads Cranfield's work on bioaerosol measurement around composting facilities and other industrial sources.

Cartmell said the appointment represented “a strengthening of our capabilities in emissions”, in the lead up to the launch of a new centre for atmospheric informatics and emissions control at Cranfield University in 2016.