Margaret Glendining

Scientific Specialist - Ecoinformatics Research Data Manager
Computational and Analytical Sciences

I have been a STEM Ambassador (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) for several years.

+44 (0) 1582 763 133 ext: +44 1582 938821
Rothamsted Research, West Common, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2JQ
Past Projects
Project Leader
  • The terrestrial carbon cycle under climate variability and extremes (CARBO-Extreme)
  • GHG (Greenhouse Gas) Platform - Data management of the UK National Inventory
  • GHG (Greenhouse Gas) Platform - Data management of the UK National Inventory
  • Sustainable farm management aimed at reducing threats to Soils under climate change - SmartSOIL
  • The Rothamsted Long-Term Experiments including Sample Archive and e-RA database
  • Delivering the agricultural greenhouse gas and ammonia inventories and projections - Combined with S5314
  • Delivering the agricultural greenhouse gas and ammonia inventories and projections
  • iGCRF (Institute award) - BBSRC - Data & Resources for African Soils
  • Open Soils Data Platform & Fertiliser Optimiser App (GCRF)

GLENDINING, M.J. (1987). The nature and significance of variation in the Spring Growth of White Clover (Trifolium repens L.). PhD Thesis, University of Wales , Aberystwyth. 299p.

GLENDINING, M.J. & Mytton, L.R. (1989). The response of white clover (Trifolium repens L.) seedlings to spring root temperatures: The relative roles of the plant and the Rhizobium bacteria. Plant and Soil 113, 147-154.

Goulding, K.W.T., Powlson, D.S, Poulton, P.R., Webster, C.P., Macdonald, A.J. & GLENDINING, M.J. (1989) Implications to N losses of a switch from inorganic towards organic manures and from continuous cropping to ley-arable rotations. J Sci Food Agric, 48, 123-124.

Collins, R.P., GLENDINING, M.J. & Rhodes, I. (1991). The relationships between stolon characteristics, winter survival and annual yields in white clover (Trifolium repens L.). Grass and Forage Science, 46, 51-61.

GLENDINING, M.J. & Powlson, D.S. (1991) The effect of long-term applications of inorganic nitrogen fertilizer on soil organic nitrogen. In: Advances in soil organic matter research: the impact on agriculture and the environment (ed. W.S. Wilson). Royal Society of Chemistry, London , pp 329-338.

GLENDINING, M.J., Poulton, P.R. & Powlson, D.S. (1992) The relationship between inorganic N in soil and the rate of fertilizer N applied on the Broadbalk Wheat Experiment. Nitrate and farming systems, Aspects of Applied Biology 30, 95-102

GLENDINING, M.J. & Powlson, D.S. (1995) The effects of long-continued applications of Inorganic nitrogen fertilizer on soil organic nitrogen - a review. In: Soil management: experimental basis for sustainability and environmental quality (eds. R. Lal & B.A. Stewart), pp 385-446, Advances in Soil Science, Lewis Publishers, Boca Raton .

GLENDINING, M. J. & Poulton, P. R (1996) Interpretation difficulties with long-term experiments. In: Evaluation of Soil Organic Matter Models Using Existing Long-Term Datasets. (eds: D.S. Powlson, P. Smith & J.U. Smith), NATO ASI Series I, Vol. 38, Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg : 99-110.

Smith, P., Powlson, D.S. & GLENDINING, M.J. (1996) Establishing a European GCTE Soil Organic Matter Network (SOMNET). In: Evaluation of Soil Organic Matter Models Using Existing Long-Term Datasets. (eds. D.S. Powlson, P. Smith & J.U. Smith) NATO ASI Series I, Vol. 38, Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg : 81-98.

GLENDINING, M.J., Powlson, D.S., Poulton, P.R., Bradbury , N.J. , Palazzo, D. and Li, X. (1996) The effects of long-term applications of inorganic nitrogen fertilizer on soil Nitrogen in the Broadbalk Wheat Experiment. J Agric. Sci., Cambs 127, 347-363.

Contributing Author to Climate Change 1995 - Impacts, Adaptations and Mitigation of Climate Change: Scientific-Technical Analyses. Contribution of Working Group II to the Second Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Eds. R T Watson, M C Zinyowera & R H Moss. Chapter 23 Agricultural Options for Mitigation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions, (ed. V Cole). Published by Cambridge University Press. IPCC, 1996

Smith, P., Powlson, D.S., GLENDINING, M.J.& Smith, J.U. (1997). Potential for carbon sequestration in European soils: using results from European long-term experiments to examine five scenarios. Global Change Biology 3: 67-79

Smith, P., Powlson, D.S., GLENDINING, M.J. & Smith, J.U. (1997). Opportunities and Limitations for C sequestration in European Agricultural Soils through Changes in Management. In: Management of Carbon Sequestration in Soil, (eds. R Lal, J M Kimble, R F Follett & B A Stewart), Advances in Soil Science, pp 143-152, CRC Press, Boca Raton , Florida .

Smith, J.U. & GLENDINING, M.J. (1996) A decision support system for optimising the use of nitrogen in crop rotations. Rotations and cropping systems, Aspects of Applied Biology 47, 103-110.

Powlson, D.S., Smith, P., Coleman, K., Smith, J.U., GLENDINING, M.J., Korschens, M. & Franko, U., (1998). A European network of long-term sites for studies on soil organic matter. Soil and Tillage Research 47, 263-274.

Smith, J.U., Bradbury , N.J. , GLENDINING, M.J. & Smith, P (1997). Simulation of nitrogen turnover in crop rotations: Application of the SUNDIAL model. Quantitative Approaches in Systems Analysis, 10, 87-92.

Smith, J.U., Dailey, A.G., GLENDINING, M.J., Bradbury, N.J., Addiscott, T.M., Smith, P., Bide, A., Boothroyd, D., Brown, E., Cartwright, R., Chorley, R., Cook, S., Cousins, S., Draper, S., Dunn, M., Fisher, A., Griffith, P., Hayes, C., Lock, A., Lord, S., Mackay, J., Malone, C., Mitchell, D., Nettleton, D., Nicholls, D., Overman, H., Purslow, J., Scholey, A., Senior, S., Sim, L., & Taylor P. (1997). Constructing a nitrogen fertilizer recommendation system: What do farmers want? Soil Use and Management 13: 225-228.

GLENDINING, M.J., Poulton, P.R., Powlson, D.S. & Jenkinson, D.S. (1997). Fate of 15N-labelled fertilizer applied to spring barley on soils of contrasting nutrient status. Plant & Soil 195: 83-98.

GLENDINING, M.J. & Smith, J.U. (1999) Using a rotational modelling system to explore the effect of straw incorporation on the efficiency of nitrogen use. Managing risks of nitrates to humans and the environment. (Eds. W.S.Wilson, A.S. Ball & R. H. Hinton). Royal Society of Chemistry, special publication No. 237, pp58-64.

Smith, J.U. & GLENDINING, M.J. & Smith P. (1997) The use of computer simulation models to optimise the use of nitrogen in whole farm systems. Aspects of Applied Biology. Optimising cereal inputs: its scientific basis. 50: 147-154.

Smith, P., Powlson, D.S., GLENDINING. M.J., & Smith, J.U. (1998) Preliminary estimates of the potential for carbon mitigation in European soils through no-till farming. Global Change Biology 4, 679-685.

Smith, P., Powlson, D.S., GLENDINING, M.J. & Smith, J.U. (1997) Using long-term Experiments to estimate the potential for carbon sequestration at the regional level: An examination of five European scenarios. Agrokemia es Talajtan Tom. 46. No. 1-4, 25-38.

GLENDINING, M.J., Poulton, P.R., Powlson, D.S., Macdonald, A.J. and Jenkinson, D.S. (2001). Availability of the residual nitrogen from a single application of 15N-labelled fertilizer to subsequent crops in a long-term continuous barley experiment. Plant and Soil, 233: 231-239.

J.U.Smith, I.Burns, A. Draycott, M.J. GLENDINING, K Jaggard, C Rahn, E.A. Stockdale, D. Stone & M Willmott (2001) HGCA Project Report No. 258: Decision Support System to Design Whole Farm Rotations that Optimise the use of Available Nitrogen in Mixed Arable and Horticultural Systems: On-Farm Testing. 61pp.

S.J. Baxter, M.A. Oliver, J. Gaunt and M.J. GLENDINING (2003).  Simulating the spatial variation of soil mineral N within fields using the model SUNDIAL (Simulation of Nitrogen Dynamics in Arable Land). 4th European Conference on Precision Agriculture, Berlin, 15-18 June 2003. Edited by J. Stafford and A. Werner, pp 75-80. Wageningen Academic publishers.

Schröter D., et al, 2005. Ecosystem Service Supply and Vulnerability to Global Change in Europe. Science 310 (5752), 1333-1337. (Published online first 27 Oct. 2005; 10.1126/science.1115233 Science Express).

G Tuck, MJ GLENDINING P Smith, J House and M Wattenbach (2006).  The potential distribution of bioenergy crops in Europe under present and future climate.  Biomass and Bioenergy 30, 183-197.

Powlson DS, Riche, AB, Coleman K, GLENDINING MJ and Whitmore, AP (2008). Carbon Sequestration in European soils through straw incorporation: Limitations and alternatives. Waste Management 28:741-746.  doi:10.1016/j.wasman.2007.09.024.

Stuart Knight, Andy Macdonald, Margaret GLENDINING, Andy Whitmore, Gordon Dailey, Keith Goulding, Alex Sinclair and Bob Rees (2008). Better estimation of soil nitrogen use efficiency by cereals and oilseed rape. HGCA Research Review No. 68, Feb 2008.

GLENDINING M.J., Dailey A.G., Williams, A.G., van Evert, F.K., Goulding, K.W.T., Whitmore, A.P. (2009). Is it possible to increase the sustainability of arable and ruminant agriculture by reducing inputs? Agricultural Systems 99:117-125. Doi:10.1016/j.agsy.2008.11.001

Powlson, D.S., D.S. Jenkinson, A.E. Johnston, P.R. Poulton, M.J. GLENDINING, and K.W.T. Goulding. (2010). Comments on “Synthetic nitrogen fertilizers deplete soil nitrogen: A global dilemma for sustainable cereal production.” J. Environ. Qual. 39:749-752.

Bellarby, J., Wattenbach, M., Tuck, G., Glendining, M & Smith, P (2010). The potential distribution of bioenergy crops in the UK under present and future climates.  Biomass and Bioenergy 34: 1935-1945

M. J. Glendining, A. G. Dailey, D. S. Powlson, G. M. Richter, J. A. Catt & A. P. Whitmore (2011). Pedotransfer functions for estimating total soil nitrogen up to the global scale. European Journal of Soil Science, 62:13-22 doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2389.2010.01336.x.

Powlson, D.S., Glendining, M.J., Coleman, K and Whitmore, A.P. (2011) Implications for soil properties of removing cereal straw – results from long-term studies. Agronomy Journal, 103: 279-287

Whitmore, AP, Goulding KWT, Glendining, MJ, Dailey, AG, Coleman K and Powlson, D.S. (2012) Nutrient management in support of Environmental and Agricultural Sustainability. Sustainability,4:2513-2524 doi:10.3390/su4102513

Alice E. Milne, Margaret J. Glendining, Pat Bellamy, Tom Misselbrook, Sarah Gilhespy, Monica Rivas Casado, Adele Hulin, Marcel van Oijen, Andrew P. Whitmore (2014) Analysis of uncertainties in the estimates of nitrous oxide and methane emissions in the UK’s greenhouse gas inventory for agriculture. Atmospheric Environment 82: 94-105



PhD in Agricultural Botany (University of Wales, Aberystwyth)


BA in Agricultural & Forest Sciences (Keble College, Oxford)