Soil science research

Research in this area focuses on soil and earth processes in the global environment. Soil is a major natural resource on the earth’s surface. We research soil formation, classification and mapping; its physical, chemical, biological, and fertility properties; and its use and management.

Our expertise

Nutrient management and soil fertility

We undertake teaching and research on soils, fertilisers and environmental issues in agriculture, horticulture and forestry. We provide practical solutions for issues in our primary production sectors, and are actively involved in information transfer through the Fertilizer and Lime Research Centre.

Contact Prof Mike HedleyLance CurrieDr James HanlyDr Dave Horne

Land use and evaluation

We assess land for various uses through soil mapping and characterisation. Land is evaluated through qualitative and quantitative assessment of soils and the landscapes they cover. Land evaluation is valuable for production, sustainability, environmental issues and biodiversity.

Contact Dr Alan Palmer

Water resources and quality

Our team studies soil-water-plant interactions, soil-water dynamics, nutrient runoff, surface and ground water hydrology, and soil-water management including irrigation and drainage systems. We identify processes to attenuate pollutants moving from agricultural landscapes to water.

Contact Dr Ranvir Singh

Soil organic matter and carbon sequestration

We study the biogeochemical processes that determine soil organic matter turnover. Soil organic matter is the largest terrestrial carbon pool and the major source of nitrogen for plant growth. We work with many different ecosystem models and at different magnitudes ranging from microscopic to global scales on the study of the carbon cycle. We are committed to developing new ways in advancing the studies of soil organic matter.

Find out more at The New Zealand Biochar Research Centre website.

Contact A/Prof Marta Camps Arbestain

Soil contamination and rehabilitation

Modern and historic land use often has a detrimental effect on soil health. Contamination occurs through loading inorganic elements and organic compounds to the soil above a safe rate. We have expertise in assessing environmental risk, designing mitigation strategies, and phytoremediation, where living plants are used to stabilise, break down, or remove contaminants in the soil.

Contact Dr Chris Anderson or A/Prof Bob Stewart


Staff

  • Prof Chris Anderson

    Prof Chris Anderson

    Professor in Environmental Science - School of Agriculture

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  • Dr Mike Bretherton

    Dr Mike Bretherton

    Lecturer - School of Agriculture

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  • Dr Lucy Burkitt

    Dr Lucy Burkitt

    Senior Research Officer - School of Agriculture

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  • Dr Roberto Calvelo Pereira

    Dr Roberto Calvelo Pereira

    Research Officer - Soil Carbon and Nitrogen Dynamic - School of Agriculture

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  • Prof Marta Camps Arbestain

    Prof Marta Camps Arbestain

    Professor of Environmental Biogeochemistry - School of Agriculture

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  • Dr Christine Christensen

    Dr Christine Christensen

    Research Officer - School of Agriculture

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  • Lance Currie

    Lance Currie

    Senior Technical Manager - School of Agriculture

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  • Ian Furkert

    Ian Furkert

    Senior Technician - School of Agriculture

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  • Dr James Hanly

    Dr James Hanly

    Senior Lecturer in Soil Science - School of Agriculture

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  • Prof Michael Hedley

    Prof Michael Hedley

    Professor in Soil Science - School of Agriculture

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  • Associate Professor David Horne

    Associate Professor David Horne

    Associate Professor in Soil Science - School of Agriculture

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  • Jay Howes

    Jay Howes

    Junior Research Officer - School of Agriculture

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  • Dr Paramsothy (Jeya) Jeyakumar

    Dr Paramsothy (Jeya) Jeyakumar

    Research Officer - School of Agriculture

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  • Dr Neha Jha

    Dr Neha Jha

    Post-Doctoral Fellow - School of Agriculture

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  • Quang Mai

    Quang Mai

    Research Technician - School of Agriculture

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  • Dr Anja Moebis

    Dr Anja Moebis

    Technician - Soil and Earth Sciences

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  • Dr Alan Palmer

    Dr Alan Palmer

    Senior Lecturer in Earth Science - School of Agriculture

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  • Professor Surinder Saggar

    Professor Surinder Saggar

    Professor - School of Agriculture

  • Dr Qinhua Shen

    Dr Qinhua Shen

    Technician - School of Agriculture

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  • Dr Ranvir Singh

    Dr Ranvir Singh

    Senior Lecturer in Environmental Hydrology and Soil Science - School of Agriculture

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  • Bob Toes

    Bob Toes

    Senior Technician - School of Agriculture

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  • Glenys Wallace

    Glenys Wallace

    Technician - School of Agriculture

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  • Ross Wallace

    Ross Wallace

    Technical Assistant - School of Agriculture

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  • Prof Georg Zellmer

    Prof Georg Zellmer

    Professor in Earth and Planetary Sciences

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