Dote Stone

Dote Stone


After completing my PhD in Soil Science at Cranfield University, I went to work on the EcoFINDERS project to determine policy-relevant and cost-effective indicators for monitoring soil biodiversity.  Over the duration of the project I was involved in the implementaion of a European wide soil sampling scheme, the development of molecular techniques to determine the species diversity of soil mesofauna, and the co-ordination of running a logical sieve to rank indicators for monitoring soil diversity.  See papers below for more detail.

I have been working within the Faculty of Biological Sciences at Leeds University since 2014 as a Teaching Laboratory Technician.  I provide support for First Year practical modules within the School of Biology, these introduce students to a variety of different research techniques and develop both technical skill and confidence.  I also support a Third Year research module (Applied Plant Science).


Stone, D., Blomkvist, P., Bohse Hendriksen, N., Bonkowski, M., Bracht Jørgensen, H., Carvalho, F., Dunbar, M.B., Gardi, C., Geisen, S., Griffiths, R., Hug, A.S., Jensen, J., Laudon, H., Mendes, S., Morais, P.V., Orgiazzi, A., Plassart, P., Römbke, J., Rutgers, M., Schmelz, R.M., Sousa J.P., Steenbergen, E., Suhadolc, M., Winding, A., Zupan, M., Lemanceau, P., Creamer, R.E. 2016. A method of establishing a transect for biodiversity and ecosystem function monitoring across Europe. Applied Soil Ecology. 97, pp. 3-11.

Stone, D., Ritz, K., Griffiths, B.S., Orgiazzi, A., Creamer, R.E. 2016. Selection of biological indicators appropriate for European soil monitoring. Applied Soil Ecology. 97, pp. 12-22.

Creamer, R.E., Hannula, S.E., Van Leeuwen, J.P., Stone, D., Rutgers, M., Schmelz, R.M., de Ruiter, P.C., Bohse Hendriksen, N., Bolger, T., Bouffaud, M.L., Buee, M., Carvalho, F., Costa, D., Dirilgen, T., Francisco, R., Griffiths, B.S., Griffiths, R., Martin, F., Martins da Silva, P., Mendes, S., Morais, P.V., Pereira, C., Philippot, L., Plassart, P., Redecker, D., Römbke, J., Sousa, J.P., Woutersee, M., Lemanceau, P. 2016. Ecological network analysis reveals the inter-connection between soil biodiversity and ecosystem function as affected by land use across Europe. Applied Soil Ecology. 97, pp.112-124.

Griffiths, B.S., de Groot, G.A., Laros, I., Stone, D., Geisen, S. 2018. he need for standardisation: Exemplified by a description of the diversity, community structure and ecological indices of soil nematodes. Ecological Indicators. 87, pp.43-46.


  • BLGY1125 Biology Practicals and Data Analysis (Teaching Technical Support)
  • BLGY3205 Applied Plant Science (Teaching Technical Support)
  • BLGY2321 Dale Field Course (Teaching Technical Support)

Research interests

  • Soil Health/Soil Quality
  • Soil Function
  • Soil Ecology
  • Soil Food Webs


  • BSc Environmental Biology
  • MSc Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development.
  • PhD Soil Science