What I think is the first review of Functional Biology of Plants
in an academic journal: "Martin Hodson and John Bryant have written the most captivating and elementary textbook on modern plant biology. It might be read from cover to cover by anyone seeking an introduction to the subject, but seems especially suited to high school, undergraduate and vocational courses." Philip White (Experimental Agriculture). FULL REVIEW
HODSON, M.J. & BRYANT, J.A. (2012) Functional Biology of Plants
has been selected as an Outstanding Academic Title
for 2012 by Choice. “Students who are new to plant science will be quite well served, as will graduate students and others needing to develop fuller understandings and perspectives on their research. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty.” (Choice, 1 November 2012)
I helped my colleagues in Antwerp with the plant science aspects of their paper on silicon in Belgian beers which came out of the paper I gave there in 2011 (below): SCHOELYNCK, J., BEAUCHARD, O., JACOBS, S., BAL, K., BARÃO, L., SMIS, A., VAN BERGEN, J., VANDEVENNE, F., MEIRE, P., VAN DER SPIET, T., COOLS, A., VAN PELT, D., HODSON, M.J. & STRUYF, E. (2013) Dissolved silicon and its origin in Belgian beers— A multivariate analysis. Silicon 5
, 3-12. Abstract
November 2012- Continuing my series of papers with Adrian Parker on past environments in Arabia:
PRESTON, G.W., PARKER, A.G., WALKINGTON, H., LENG, M.J. & HODSON, M.J. (2012) From nomadic herder-hunters to sedentary farmers: the relationship between climate change and ancient subsistence strategies in South-eastern Arabia. Journal of Arid Environments 86
, 122-130. Abstract
my wife Margot and I taught on the IFES Bible and Culture
course for the 4th time- now moved to Berlin!
four years in the making, and worth the effort. My first venture into writing a textbook: HODSON, M.J. & BRYANT, J.A. (2012) Functional Biology of Plants
October 2011- The publication of our paper based on the contribution we made at “Faith and the Future of the Countryside 2010?" at Swanwick, Derbyshire, in 2010:
September 2011- I was invited to speak at the 5th "Silicon in Agriculture" conference in Beijing, China. The conference proceedings paper is here:
For the 5th year running I attended the Isotopes in Biogenic Silica (IBiS)
meeting. For the first time the conference was held outside the UK in Antwerp, Belgium. It was a wonderful meeting! I thought it might be good to talk about something very dear to Belgian hearts, beer! I discovered that the conference organiser, Eric Struyf, had the same idea so we combined our efforts. Si I gave a special lecture at the conference icebreaker where Belgian beers (labelled with their silicon concentrations!!) were being served. This was the paper:
HODSON, M.J., JACOBS, S., SCHOELYNCK, J., BEAUCHARD, O. & STRUYF, E. (2011) Silicon: Barley, Beer, Bones and Belgium. It was great fun. The photo shows me with three of my co-authors: l. to r. Eric Struyf, Martin Hodson, Jonas Schoelynck, and Sander Jacobs.
February 2011- The publication of our latest paper on aluminium/silicon interactions: PRABAGAR, S., HODSON, M.J. & EVANS, D.E. (2011) Silicon amelioration of aluminium toxicity and cell death in suspension cultures of Norway spruce (Picea abies (L.) Karst.). Environmental and Experimental Botany 70, 266-276.
November 3rd-5th 2010-
Held at The Hayes Conference Centre in Swanwick, Derbyshire, “Faith and the Future of the Countryside 2010?"
brought together more than 200 delegates from across the UK to look at issues surrounding rural ministry, 20 years after the “Faith in the Countryside” (ACORA) report. My wife, Margot, and I gave a seminar on “Climate Change, Faith and Rural Communities”.
My wife, Margot, and I returned to Austria for a third time to take a seminar for the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) on Bible and Environment: Christians in the 21st Century
for the Bible and Culture
course at Schloss Mittersill in Austria.
July 21st 2010-
I spoke on “Are GM crops necessary to secure global food supplies at affordable prices?” at the summer conference on GM Crops and Food Security 2010-2050 put on by the ASSOCIATE PARLIAMENTARY FOOD & HEALTH FORUM at the House of Commons, London. My talk is available to download HERE
November 12th 2009-
I spoke on "Meat, methane and climate change" at the annual conference of Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC)
, the red meat promotion agency for Wales. This was a successful meeting and I shared the platform with the Welsh Minister for Rural Affairs.
November 2009- The publication of our review of silicon isotopes in biogenic silica: LENG, M.J., SWANN, G.E.A., HODSON, M.J., TYLER, J.J., PATWARDHAN, S.V. & SLOANE, H.J. (2009) The potential use of silicon isotope composition of biogenic silica as a proxy for environmental change. Silicon 1, 65-77.
October 31st 2009-
My wife, Margot, and I led a day conference on the Bible and the Environment for Interserve, Switzerland in Bern. A report (in German)
My wife, Margot, and I returned to Austria to take a seminar for the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) on Bible and Environment: Christians in the 21st Century
for the Bible and Culture
course at Schloss Mittersill in Austria. We followed this up with a great holiday in Salzburg.
The publication of the long-awaited DVD, arising from the Christian climate change tour, Hope for Planet Earth. As on the 2008 and 2009 tours, I contributed the section on the science of climate change: HODSON, M. (2009) The Problem. In Hope for Planet Earth. A Christian Response to Climate Change.
A multimedia DVD resource for churches. (eds E. Morrice & F. Moffat). SJI, London. Copies can be purchased HERE
March 2009- The publication of the third edition of our best selling book on environmental impact assessment. As in the previous two editions I contibuted to the chapter on soils, geology and geomorphology: STAPLETON, C., HAWKINS, K. & HODSON M. (2009) Soils, Geology and Geomorphology. In Methods of Environmental Impact Assessment. The Natural and Built Environment Series (eds. P. Morris & R. Therivel). Routledge, Abingdon, UK. (3rd Edition) pp. 201-234.
In January my wife, Margot and I moved out to Haddenham (about 18 miles from Oxford) where Margot became priest-in-charge of the benefice of Haddenham, Cuddington, Kingsey & Aston Sandford in February 2009. See St Mary's, Haddenham.
January 2009- The latest in our long series of papers in mineralization in conifer needles is now out: SANGSTER, A.G., HODSON, M.J. & LING, L.E.C. (2009) Biomineralisation / environment interactions in conifers: illustrated by hemlock, Tsuga canadensis (L.) Carr. Quaternary International 193, 3-10.
My wife, Margot, and I took a seminar for the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) on Bible and Environment: Christians in the 21st Century
for the Bible and Culture
course at Schloss Mittersill in Austria. It was wonderful!
June 14th 2008- I was invited to speak on World Environmental Problems for a Tearfund meeting in Cambridge.
April 18th 2008-
I attended the third meeting of IBiS
at Oxford Brookes University, UK. The meeting mostly concerned the application of isotopes in biogenic silica to palaeoecology and biogeochemistry. I helped Adrian Parker a little with the organisation, chaired the morning sessions and gave a talk: Martin J Hodson & Adrian G Parker- Silicon isotopes in plants- where are we now?
April 2008- The publication of the first ever paper to simultaneously look at silicon, oxygen and carbon isotopes in phytoliths:
HODSON, M.J., PARKER, A.G., LENG, M.J. & SLOANE, H.J. (2008) Silicon, oxygen and carbon isotope composition of wheat (Triticum aestivum
L.) phytoliths- implications for palaeoecology and archaeology. Journal of Quaternary Science 23
Monday 18th February to Friday 14th March 2008- HOPE FOR PLANET EARTH. Share Jesus International, the John Ray Initiative, A Rocha, Tearfund and others put on a major national tour at 20 venues for schools and church groups looking at climate change. In total 5,000 teenagers attended the sessions in the day, and 3,000, mostly adults came in the evenings. I was the resident scientist on the tour, and gave all of the presentations on the science of climate change. It was exhausting, but very worthwhile! It is not impossible that there will be another tour next year!
February 2008- The publication of probably my most complex paper ever! Another in my series of papers in collaboration with Frederic Gerard: GERARD, F., MAYER, K.U., HODSON, M.J. & RANGER, J. (2008) Modelling the biogeochemical cycle of silicon in soils: application to a temperate forest ecosystem. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 72, 741-758.
November 2007- Continuing our long series of papers on mineral deposition in the conifers:
October 9th 2007-
I spoke on "Human Population, the Environment and Faith" in a special session on "Faiths, Culture and the Environment"
at Global Challenges, Global Solutions
, The Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management annual conference. See http://www.ciwem.org/events/annual_conference/