Mark Hodson is a Professor of Environmental Geochemistry and Mineralogy in the Department of Environment.
“My research is concerned with how the natural environment works and how it responds to human activities. My interest in bugs and soily stuff began as a child when I used to collect ladybirds and woodlice; I wanted to be a carrot farmer when I grew up. At University I studied rocks, in particular the way that molten rock or magma turns into rocks below volcanoes. However, I was gradually drawn back to the soil and I now carry out research into earthworm ecology with a particular focus on how earthworms help keep soils and ecosystems healthy.”