Mélanie E. Bennet, BSc(Hons), MRes

Always looking for better sustainability solutions, I am natural innovator with several years experience in community project management and academic biochar research and consultancy.

Career History
September 2012 - current
Entrepreneur in Biochar Project Management
I am currently developing my network of organisations interesting in biomass renewable energy projects and community groups interested in improving sustainability using biochar.

October 2010 -October 2012
PhD Postgraduate Researcher at Univeristy of East Anglia and John Innes Centre

Investigated biochar's effect on the microbial ecology of soils and its potential for use to improve plant growth, thereby offering sustainability for future populations while enhancing a sustainable clean environment.

Investigating how bacteria colonise a host to form a mutually beneficial symbiosis, using leaf-cutter ants as a model. In this project, various molecular methods are used to gain insight into the principles of mutualism ecology.

November 2010 - March 2011
Carbon to Soil Consultant for AgroPlas AS
Provided research and expertise on the suitability of Agroplas carbon for soils.

August 2008 - August 2011
Agronomic Research Assistant at InCrops Innovation Hub
Assisted in the daily running of the InCrops alternative agriculture project.
InCrops is tasked with engaging with farmers in East Anglia and develop markets for alternative crops. My tasks included tending and maintaining the crops, experimental design and implementation, data analysis, networking with clients and farmers as well as preparing talk and reports.

February 2008 -September 2010
Project Manager, SAPlings / Chapelbreak Infant School, Norwich
I managed all aspects of the SAPling garden which was to develop ecological skills with KS1 schoolchildren and improve links between the school and the community. The garden won several prestigeous Lord Mayor prizes for school projects.


Lectures (tinyurl.com/8olpe5o)

Poster (UBRC 2011)

Poster (Brownfields Remediation Conference 2011)