About the New Zealand Biochar Research Centre

The NZBRC aims to advance the understanding of biochar for mitigating global climate change and to enable its use in New Zealand, particularly by agricultural and forestry sectors.

We are based at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand. Massey University is New Zealand's leading agricultural university and is ranked in the top 50 universities in the world for agriculture.

Russian collaboration

Mr Stanislav Garbuz, from the Dokuchaev Soil Science Institute (Moscow, Russia) is spending two months (March-April 2016) at the NZ Biochar Research Centre of the Soil & Earth Sciences Department. Stanislav has a master’s degree from the Lomonosow Moscow State University (2009) and is a fellow of the New Zealand Soil Science Society. Stanislav will be collaborating in experiments related to carbon sequestration in soil, with special attention to the fractionation of soil C in pastoral soils and the response of soils to management practices in pastoral allophanic soils of New Zealand.


Our people

Dr Jim Jones

Professor Jim Jones conducts research across a number of fields, principally in pyrolysis and particle technology. Current projects include pyrolysis kinetics, pyrolyser design, life cycle assessment of biochar systems, mastication of food, coating of powders, spray-drying of emulsions, flow of food powders, pyroclastic density currents and lahars. Previous projects include agglomeration of milk powder, coating of high fat powders, granulation modelling, secondary nucleation of lactose, truck spreading of fertiliser, ballistic modelling for topdressing and hopper flow of lime fertiliser.

Dr Marta Camps Arbestain

Associate Professor Marta Camps has been a member of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (2013-2015) and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Biochar Initiative (2011-2015; Vice-Chair 2014; Chair 2015). Marta studied agricultural engineering at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Lleida, Spain) and then received her MSc and PhD in soil science from the University of California, Davis. Prior to working at Massey University, she was a senior researcher - “Ramon y Cajal” (2003-2008) at NEIKER (Spain) and lecturer (1999-2003) at the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (Spain).

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