Paul Newell Price
Leighton Park School, Birmingham University, Reading University
BSc, MSc, PhD
Australia, Morocco, France, UK
Principal research scientist
Favourite thing to do in my job: Working with other fabulous researchers
I'm interested in how we manage the land to grow food and how this affects the environment we live in.
I live with my wife, two daughters and a blue-fronted amazon parrot called Mango in Chester-le-Street, Co Durham. I really enjoy my work, mainly because of the great people I get to work with, and I also like growing food in the garden, walking in the countryside (mountains and coastline are best), skiing with the family (and any other family holiday) and coaching (and playing) cricket.
My work is varied from researching how European grasslands should be managed to restoring open cast coal sites.
I am very lucky to be involved in a number of European projects and the latest one is focusing on how we can get the most from our permanent grassland; for producing food, supporting wildlife, reducing the risk of flooding, storing carbon to slow down climate change and a range of other benefits.
In mid-June I’m going to Lisbon in Portugal to meet up with our project partners from other European countries and see how the Portuguese manage the grasslands within their cork oak forest landscapes. Portugal produces about half the cork in the world and it is not only used for bottle stoppers; it is also used to make hats, shoes and furniture! Then in the following week, I’ll be in Cork, southern Ireland, meeting up with some of the same people and a multitude of other researchers and farmers at the European Grassland Federation meeting. Trips to Ireland are always fun!…
My Typical Day
The great thing about working for ADAS is that there is no such thing as a typical day.
I could be on farm one day and working up research data the next, then meeting people from the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in Westminster, London the day after that. The following day I could be in Scotland talking to colleagues at Edinburgh University and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency. I sometimes spend quite a lot of time on trains…. but I enjoy the views and can also get a lot of work done, which is not always easy ‘in the office’, even if I’m working from home!…
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Working with farmers
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
Lewis Mbumwe, a scientist I met while travelling in Zambia, southern Africa
What was your favourite subject at school?
What did you want to be after you left school?
I had no idea
Were you ever in trouble at school?
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
Tiger prawns on a barbeque
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Too many to think of, but skiing with my wife and kids is right up there!
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Health, happiness and another three wishes
Tell us a joke.
What do you call a man with a seagull on his head?.... Cliff.