University of Hertfordshire

Professor David Higgs PhD


David Higgs took a B.Sc. (Honours) degree in Agricultural Botany at UCW, Aberystwyth. This programme included a work placement in the Legume Breeding Department at the Welsh Plant Breeding Station (WPBS) now part of the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) at the University of Aberystwyth.

He was subsequently awarded a Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Research Studentship to study for Ph.D. This Ph.D. programme was in the area of physiological plant ecology and investigated the growth physiology of grass species indigenous to poor and fertile soils, respectively. He published his first scientific paper from this programme in the Journal of Ecology.
At the end of his Ph.D. study he worked for one year as a Research Demonstrator at UCW, Aberystwyth prior to taking up a Lectureship in the Department of Biological Sciences at Hatfield Polytechnic where he lectured and carried out research for many years progressing to Senior and then to Principal Lecturer by the time the Polytechnic became the University of Hertfordshire.

While working at UH he was also a key facilitator for other institutions in providing new programmes, e.g. The National Diploma in Agriculture at Shuttleworth College, the B.Sc. in Horticulture at Writtle College (the very first degree programme there). When he left his full-time post in the Department of Environmental Sciences at UH in 2003 he was Associate Head of Department (Academic Quality) and Academic Quality Advisor to the Faculty of Science and the Environment at Bath Spa University.
Since that time he has continued to work on his collaborative International Research Programmes at the University of Harran, S.E. Turkey and more recently at the University of Khon Kaen, N.E. Thailand.

David has taught at all levels from 1st year B.Sc. to Ph.D. supervision. He has supervised a number of successful Ph.D. candidates including some non-native speakers from other countries, (e.g. Thailand, Turkey). He is also an approved examiner at both M.Phil. and Ph.D. level.
Subjects he both taught and examined include:
                                                   Plant mineral nutrition and whole plant physiology.
                                                   Soil science.
                                                   Applied plant ecology.
                                                   Crop production systems.
                                                   Environmental Monitoring
                                                   Environmental Pollution.
                                                   Habitat restoration and re-creation
                                                   Environmental Management
He was appointed Visiting Researcher in Soil Science & Plant NutrItion at the University of Harran, Turkey in 2003,
Visiting Professor of Applied Crop Science in the Agriculture Faculty of Khon Kaen University, Thailand in 2005 and Visiting Professor of Applied Environmental Science at the University of Hertfordshire in 2007.
In 2012 he was appointed to the role of Research Output mentor and facilitator in the Agriculture Faculty, University of Khon Kaen.

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