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Dr Miranda Prendergast-Miller

Senior Lecturer

Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences


  • PhD November 30 2009
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (2019)

Key Publications

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  • Polyester-derived microfibre impacts on the soil-dwelling earthworm Lumbricus terrestris, Prendergast-Miller, M., Katsiamides, A., Abbass, M., Sturzenbaum, S., Thorpe, K., Hodson, M. 1 Aug 2019, In: Environmental Pollution
  • The role of hedgerows in soil functioning within agricultural landscapes, Holden, J., Grayson, R., Berdeni, D., Bird, S., Chapman, P., Edmondson, J., Firbank, L., Helgason, T., Hodson, M., Hunt, S., Jones, D., Lappage, M., Marshall-Harries, E., Nelson, M., Prendergast-Miller, M., Shaw, H., Wade, R., Leake, J. 1 Mar 2019, In: Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment
  • Earthworm-induced shifts in microbial diversity in soils with rare versus established invasive earthworm populations, de Menezes, A., Prendergast-Miller, M., Macdonald, L., Toscas, P., Baker, G., Farrell, M., Wark, T., Richardson, A., Thrall, P. 1 May 2018, In: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
  • Plastic Bag Derived-Microplastics as a Vector for Metal Exposure in Terrestrial Invertebrates, Hodson, M., Duffus-Hodson, C., Clark, A., Prendergast-Miller, M., Thorpe, K. 18 Apr 2017, In: Environmental Science and Technology
  • Wildfire impact, Prendergast-Miller, M., de Menezes, A., Macdonald, L., Toscas, P., Bissett, A., Baker, G., Farrell, M., Richardson, A., Wark, T., Thrall, P. 1 Jun 2017, In: Soil Biology and Biochemistry
  • C/N ratio drives soil actinobacterial cellobiohydrolase gene diversity, de Menezes, A., Prendergast-Miller, M., Poonpatana, P., Farrell, M., Bissett, A., Macdonald, L., Toscas, P., Richardson, A., Thrall, P. 1 May 2015, In: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
  • Network analysis reveals that bacteria and fungi form modules that correlate independently with soil parameters, De Menezes, A., Prendergast-Miller, M., Richardson, A., Toscas, P., Farrell, M., Macdonald, L., Baker, G., Wark, T., Thrall, P. 1 Aug 2015, In: Environmental Microbiology
  • Soil nitrogen pools and turnover in native woodland and managed pasture soils, Prendergast-Miller, M., de Menezes, A., Farrell, M., Macdonald, L., Richardson, A., Bissett, A., Toscas, P., Baker, G., Wark, T., Thrall, P. 1 Jun 2015, In: Soil Biology and Biochemistry
  • Biochar-root interactions are mediated by biochar nutrient content and impacts on soil nutrient availability, Prendergast-Miller, M., Duvall, M., Sohi, S. 1 Jan 2014, In: European Journal of Soil Science
  • Soil microbial organic nitrogen uptake is regulated by carbon availability, Farrell, M., Prendergast-Miller, M., Jones, D., Hill, P., Condron, L. 1 Oct 2014, In: Soil Biology and Biochemistry

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests


2019 - present: Senior lecturer, Geography and Environmental Sciences, Northumbria University

2015 - 2019: Postdoc, Environment and Geography, University of York

2012 - 2015: Postdoc, Agriculture Flagship, CSIRO Australia

2009 - 2011: Postdoc, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh


Research interests

The focus of my research is in below-ground soil ecology and understanding how the ecosystem services provided by the complex interactions between microbes, soil fauna and plants can be disrupted by anthropogenic activities. Moreover, understanding these interactions forms the basis for finding sustainable solutions to global environmental challenges such as climate change, food and water security, and pollution.

I apply this knowledge through research on greenhouse gas emissions, soil carbon sequestration, sustainable soil management in agriculture, microplastic pollution, recycling organic wastes, novel soil amendment technologies and nutrient use efficiency in agricultural systems.

I have a broad training in soil science-related analytical techniques, working in semi-natural and managed systems, using a combination of techniques in biogeochemistry, microbiology, molecular microbiology and soil ecology in laboratory and field-based studies.




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