Profile – Tom Misselbrook

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Tom Misselbrook

Job Title:

Senior Reseach Scientist


Phone Number:

+44 1837 883500


Google Scholar Profile


Tom leads research on soil and atmosphere interactions at Rothamsted, studying ammonia and greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural sources: quantification, process understanding, modelling and the development and assessment of abatement strategies.  More generally he is interested in nitrogen cycling through agricultural systems and in particular the sustainable use of livestock manures.

He currently leads on the compilation and improvement of the national-scale ammonia and greenhouse gas emission inventories for UK agriculture. He also leads the Newton-funded UK-China Virtual Joint Centre for Improved Nitrogen Agronomy (CINAg). He participates in UNECE Task Force for Reactive Nitrogen and Expert Panel on Mitigating Agricultural Nitrogen.

Research Areas:

  • Ammonia and greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture
  • N cycling through agricultural systems
  • Livestock manure management

Current N-related Projects:


Misselbrook, T., Hunt, J., Perazzolo, F., Provolo, G. (2016). Greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions from slurry storage: impacts of temperature and potential mitigation through covering (pig slurry) or acidification (cattle slurry). Journal of Environmental Quality 45, 1520-1530.

Bell, M.J., Hinton, N.J., Cloy, J.M., Topp, C.F.E., Rees, R.M., Williams, J.R., Misselbrook, T.H., Chadwick, D.R. (2016). How do emission rates and emission factors for nitrous oxide and ammonia vary with manure type and time of application in a Scottish farmland? Geoderma 264, 81-93.

Gilsanz, C., Báez, D., Misselbrook, T.H., Dhanoa, M.S., Cárdenas, L.M. (2016). Development of emission factors and efficiency of two nitrification inhibitors, DCD and DMPP. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 216, 1-8.

Barneze, A.S., Minet, E.P., Cerri, C.C., Misselbrook, T. (2015). The effect of nitrification inhibitors on nitrous oxide emissions from cattle urine deposits to grassland under summer conditions in the UK. Chemosphere 119, 122-129.

Lewicka-Szczebak, D., Well, R., Bol, R., Gregory, A.S., Matthews, G.P., Misselbrook, T., Whalley, W.R., Cardenas, L.M. (2015). Isotope fractionation factors controlling isotopocule signatures of soil-emitted N2O produced by denitrification processes of various rates. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 29, 269-282.

Yeluripati, J.B., del Prado, A., Sanz-Cobena, A. Rees, R.M., Li, C.S., Chadwick, D., Tilston, E., Topp, C.F.E., Cardenas, L.M., Ingraham, P., Gilhespy, S., Anthony, S., Vetter, S.H., Misselbrook, T., Salas, W., Smith, P. (2015). Global Research Alliance Modelling Platform (GRAMP): An open web platform for modelling greenhouse gas emissions from agro-ecosystems. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 111, 112-120.

Barneze, A.S., Mazzetto, A.M., Zani, C.F., Misselbrook, T., Cerri, C.C. (2014). Nitrous oxide emissions from soil due to urine deposition by grazing cattle in Brazil. Atmospheric Environment 92, 394-397.

Chadwick, D.R., Cardenas, L., Misselbrook, T.H., Smith, K.A., Rees, R.M., Watson, C.J., McGeough, K.L., Williams, J.R., Cloy, J.M., Thorman, R.E., Dhanoa, M.S. (2014). Optimizing chamber methods for measuring nitrous oxide emissions from plot-based agricultural experiments. European Journal of Soil Science 65, 295-307.

Misselbrook, T.H., Cardenas, L.M., Camp, V., Thorman, R.E., Williams, J.R., Rollett, A.J., and Chambers, B.J. (2014). An assessment of nitrification inhibitors to reduce nitrous oxide emissions from UK agriculture. Environmental Research Letters 9, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/9/11/115006 Salazar, F., Martinez-Lagos, J., Alfaro, M., Misselbrook, T. (2014). Ammonia emission from a permanent grassland on volcanic soil after the treatment with dairy slurry and urea. Atmospheric Environment 95, 591-597.

Cardenas, L. M., Gooday, R., Brown, L., Scholefield, D., Cuttle, S., Gilhespy, S., Matthews, R., Misselbrook, T., Wang, J., Li, C., Hughes, G., and Lord, E. (2013). Towards an improved inventory of N2O from agriculture: Model evaluation of N2O emission factors and N fraction leached from different sources in UK agriculture. Atmospheric Environment 79, 340-348.

Martinez-Lagos, J., Salazar, E., Alfaro, M., and Misselbrook, T. (2013). Ammonia volatilization following dairy slurry application to a permanent grassland on a volcanic soil. Atmospheric Environment 80, 226-231.

Nicholson, F. A., Bhogal, A., Chadwick, D., Gill, E., Gooday, R. D., Lord, E., Misselbrook, T., Rollett, A. J., Sagoo, E., Smith, K. A., Thorman, R. E., Williams, J. R., and Chambers, B. J. (2013). An enhanced software tool to support better use of manure nutrients MANNER-NPK. Soil Use and Management 29, 473-484.

Pereira, J., Barneze, A. S., Misselbrook, T. H., Coutinho, J., Moreira, N., and Trindade, H. (2013). Effects of a urease inhibitor and aluminium chloride alone or combined with a nitrification inhibitor on gaseous N emissions following soil application of cattle urine. Biosystems Engineering 115, 396-407.

Abalos, D., Sanz-Cobena, A., Misselbrook, T., and Vallejo, A. (2012). Effectiveness of urease inhibition on the abatement of ammonia, nitrous oxide and nitric oxide emissions in a non-irrigated Mediterranean barley field. Chemosphere 89, 310-318.