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Dr Roberto Calvelo Pereira

Research Officer - Soil Carbon and Nitrogen Dynamic

Institute of Agriculture and Environment

Roberto completed his PhD in Soil Science in 2008, at Santiago de Compostela University (Galicia, NW Spain), working as Post-doctoral Researcher up to June 2010, at the Soil Science & Agricultural Chemistry Dept. Roberto currently works on a permanent basis with the Soil Science Stream of the New Zealand Biochar Research Centre, Institute of Agriculture and Environment, Massey University.

Roberto has research experience on soil and environmental science, including work on monitoring and cleaning soil contamination derived from uncontrolled anthropic pesticide emissions, as well as application of phytoremediation techniques, and organic carbon stabilisation in Technosoils (man-made soils). Current research is focused on biochar and biochar-soil interactions, with special attention to carbon and nitrogen cycles. Biochar is a carbon-rich organic material generated by heating biomass under a limited supply of oxygen that is intended to be used as a safe soil amendment. This will help to promote the carbon sink capacity of temperate soils in a climate change and greenhouse emissions reduction scenario. The research intends to develop robust and low-cost methodologies to determine and account for the stable fraction of carbon in biochar. In addition, the inclusion of biochar and deeper rooting plant species in developed grazed pasture systems can increase permanent carbon sinks in temperate soils as those of New Zealand.

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Contact details

  • Ph: +64 6 356 9099 ext 85790
    Location: Room 215A, AgHort B
    Campus: Manawatu

Qualifications

  • PhD Soil Science - Santiago de Compostela University (USC, Spain) (2008)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Soil carbon and nitrogen sequestration and dynamics in grazed systems including detailed work on impact of biochar amendment

Biochar accounting and characterisation, including molecular markers

Thematics

Future Food Systems

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Carbon Sequestration Science (050301):
Earth Sciences (040000):
Environmental Sciences (050000):
Geochemistry (040200): Organic Geochemistry (040204):
Soil Chemistry (excl. Carbon Sequestration Science) (050304): Soil Sciences (050300)

Research Outputs

Journal

Calvelo Pereira, R., Kaal, J., Donelly, A., McBeath, AV., Martinez Cortizas, A., & McLaughlin, M. (2017). Multi-methodological characterisation of Costa Rican biochars from small-scale retort and top-lit updraft stoves and inter-methodological comparison. Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development in the Tropics and Subtropics. 118(1), 1-15 Retrieved from http://www.jarts.info/
[Journal article]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R.
Mcnally, SR., Beare, MH., Curtin, D., Meenken, ED., Kelliher, FM., Calvelo Pereira, R., . . . Baldock, J. (2017). Soil carbon sequestration potential of permanent pasture and continuous cropping soils in New Zealand. Global Change Biology.
[Journal article]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R., Shen, Q.
Bachmann, HJ., Bucheli, TD., Dieguez-Alonso, A., Fabbri, D., Knicker, H., Schmidt, HP., . . . Zehetner, F. (2016). Toward the Standardization of Biochar Analysis: The COST Action TD1107 Interlaboratory Comparison. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 64(2), 513-527
[Journal article]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R.
Pereira, RC., Arbestain, MC., Sueiro, MV., & MacIá-Agulló, JA. (2015). Assessment of the surface chemistry of wood-derived biochars using wet chemistry, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Soil Research. 53(7), 753-762
[Journal article]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R., Camps Arbestain, M.
Calvelo Pereira, R., Hedley, M., Camps Arbestain, M., Wisnubroto, E., Green, S., Saggar, S., . . . Mahmud, AF. (2016). Net changes of soil C stocks in two grassland soils 26 months after simulated pasture renovation including biochar addition. GCB Bioenergy. 8(3), 600-615
[Journal article]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R., Camps Arbestain, M., Hedley, M.
Kusumo, BH., Arbestain, MC., Mahmud, AF., Hedley, MJ., Hedley, CB., Pereira, RC., . . . Singh, BP. (2014). Assessing biochar stability indices using near infrared spectroscopy. Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy. 22(5), 313-328
[Journal article]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R., Camps Arbestain, M., Hedley, M.
Calvelo Pereira, R., Muetzel, S., Camps Arbestain, M., Bishop, P., Hina, K., & Hedley, M. (2014). Assessment of the influence of biochar on rumen and silage fermentation: A laboratory-scale experiment. Animal Feed Science and Technology. 196, 22-31
[Journal article]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R., Camps Arbestain, M., Hedley, M.
Wang, T., Camps-Arbestain, M., Hedley, M., Singh, BP., Calvelo-Pereira, R., & Wang, C. (2014). Determination of carbonate-C in biochars. Soil Research. 52(5), 495-504
[Journal article]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R., Camps Arbestain, M., Hedley, M.
Calvelo Pereira, R., Camps Arbestain, M., Kaal, J., Vazquez Sueiro, M., Sevilla, M., & Hindmarsh, J. (2014). Detailed carbon chemistry in charcoals from pre-European Māori gardens of New Zealand as a tool for understanding biochar stability in soils. European Journal of Soil Science. 65(1), 83-95
[Journal article]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R., Camps Arbestain, M., Hindmarsh, J.
Calvelo Pereira, R., Kaal, J., Camps Arbestain, M., Pardo Lorenzo, R., Aitkenhead, W., Hedley, M., . . . Maciá-Agulló, JA. (2011). Contribution to characterisation of biochar to estimate the labile fraction of carbon. Organic Geochemistry. 42(11), 1331-1342
[Journal article]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R., Camps Arbestain, M., Hedley, M.
Arbestain, MC., Ibargoitia, ML., Madinabeitia, Z., Gil, MV., Virgel, S., Morán, A., . . . Macías, F. (2009). Laboratory appraisal of organic carbon changes in mixtures made with different inorganic wastes. Waste Management. 29(12), 2931-2938
[Journal article]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R., Camps Arbestain, M.
Pereira, RC., Arbestain, MC., Cortízas, AM., Madinabeitia, Z., Macías, F., & De Arano, IM. (2011). Oxidability of soil organic matter of forest soils assessed using 33 mM of potassium permanganate: A kinetic study. Soil Science. 176(4), 175-182
[Journal article]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R., Camps Arbestain, M.
Calvelo Pereira, R., Monterroso Martínez, MC., Martínez Cortízas, A., & Macías, F. (2010). Analysis of composition, distribution and origin of hexachlorocyclohexane residues in agricultural soils from NW Spain. Science of the Total Environment. 408(22), 5583-5591
[Journal article]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R.
Calvelo Pereira, R., Monterroso, C., & Macías, F. (2010). Phytotoxicity of hexachlorocyclohexane: Effect on germination and early growth of different plant species. Chemosphere. 79(3), 326-333
[Journal article]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R.
Calvelo Pereira, R., Monterroso, C., Macías, F., & Camps-Arbestain, M. (2008). Distribution pathways of hexachlorocyclohexane isomers in a soil-plant-air system. A case study with Cynara scolymus L. and Erica sp. plants grown in a contaminated site. Environmental Pollution. 155(2), 350-358
[Journal article]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R., Camps Arbestain, M.
Calvelo Pereira, R., Camps-Arbestain, M., Rodríguez Garrido, B., Macías, F., & Monterroso, C. (2006). Behaviour of α-, β-, γ-, and δ-hexachlorocyclohexane in the soil-plant system of a contaminated site. Environmental Pollution. 144(1), 210-217
[Journal article]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R., Camps Arbestain, M.

Book

Kaal, J., & Calvelo Pereira, R. (2017). Pyrolysis–GC–MS of biochar. In B. Singh, M. Camps Arbestain, & J. Lehmann (Eds.) Biochar: A Guide to Analytical Methods. (pp. 170 - 186). Clayton South, Australia: CSIRO Publishing
[Chapter]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R.Edited by: Camps Arbestain, M.
Calvelo Pereira, R., Camps Arbestain, M., Wang, T., & Enders, A. (2017). Inorganic carbon. In S. Balwant, M. Camps Arbestain, & J. Lehmann (Eds.) Biochar: A Guide to Analytical Methods. (pp. 51 - 63). Florida, United States of America: CRC Press / Taylor and Francis Group
[Chapter]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R., Camps Arbestain, M.Edited by: Camps Arbestain, M.

Conference

Hedley, M., Stafford, A., Anderson, C., Jeyakumar, J., Kusumo, B., Mitchell, C., . . . Calvelo Pereira, R. (2017). Mitigating elevated topsoil Cadmium with topsoil inversion tillage. Poster session presented at the meeting of 30th Annual FLRC Workshop. Palmerston North, New Zealand
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Anderson, C., Calvelo Pereira, R., Hedley, M.
Shen, Q., Camps Arbestain, M., Suarez Abelenda, M., Garbuz, S., & Calvelo Pereira, R. (2016, December). Seeking evidence of preservation and accumulation of soil organic matter – A pyrolysis GC/MS study. Presented at New Zealand Society of Soil Science and Soil Science Australia Conference. Queenstown, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R., Camps Arbestain, M., Shen, Q.
McNally, S., Beare, M., Curtin, D., Kelliher, F., Camps Arbestain, M., Calvelo Pereira, R., . . . Baldock, JA. (2016, December). Carbon saturation deficit of soils in relation to the C loading: Influence of soil order. Presented at New Zealand Society of Soil Science and Soil Science Australia Conference. Queenstown, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R., Camps Arbestain, M.
Kov, R., Camps Arbestain, M., & Calvelo Pereira, R. (2016, December). Rhizosphere chemistry of pasture species grown in Allophanic soils influences the stability of organo-Al complexes?. Presented at New Zealand Society of Soil Science and Soil Science Australia Conference. Queenstown, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R., Camps Arbestain, M.
Calvelo Pereira, R., Hedley, M., Bishop, P., Stafford, A., & Anderson, C. (2016, December). Costs of deep, mouldboard ploughing at pasture renewal to accelerate carbon sequestration and decrease contaminant bioavailability. Presented at New Zealand Society of Soil Science and Soil Science Australia Conference. Queenstown, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Anderson, C., Calvelo Pereira, R., Hedley, M.
Calvelo Pereira, R., Hedley, M., Camps Arbestain, M., Bishop, P., Enongene, KE., & Otene, IJJ. (2016, December). Evidence for soil carbon enhancement through deeper ploughing at pasture renovation on a Pallic soil. Presented at New Zealand Society of Soil Science and Soil Science Australia Conference. Queenstown, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R., Camps Arbestain, M., Hedley, M.
Calvelo Pereira, R., Camps Arbestain, M., Hedley, C., Baldock, JA., & Garbuz, S. (2016, December). Allocation of carbon and nitrogen in size-fractions of New Zealand pasture soils. Presented at New Zealand Society of Soil Science and Soil Science Australia Conference. Queenstown, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R., Camps Arbestain, M.
Walker, H., Hedley, M., & Calvelo Pereira, R. (2016, December). Effect of plant species, part and rate of application on the extent of litter decomposition. Presented at New Zealand Society of Soil Science and Soil Science Australia Conference. Queenstown, New Zeland.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R., Hedley, M.
Calvelo Pereira, R., Hedley, M., Bishop, P., Camps Arbestain, M., Pullanagari, R., & Kusumo, BH. (2014). Added value of using high-ash biochar from biosolids to amend low fertility pasture soils of New Zealand. Poster session presented at the meeting of 20th World Congress of Soil Science. Jeju, Korea
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R., Camps Arbestain, M., Hedley, M., Pullanagari, R.
Bishop, P., Kusumo, B., Calvelo Pereira, R., Burkitt, L., Hedley, C., Hedley, M., . . . Camps, M. (2014). Assessment of denitrification potentials of grazed pasture soils. In LD. Currie, & CL. Christensen (Eds.) Nutrient Management for the Farm, Catchment and Community. Vol. Occasional Report No. 27 (pp. 1 - 7). Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand.: 27th Annual FLRC Workshop
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Burkitt, L., Calvelo Pereira, R., Camps Arbestain, M., Hedley, M.Edited by: Christensen, C., Currie, L.
Calvelo Pereira, R., Hedley, M., Bishop, P., & Camps Arbestain, M. (2013). High-ash biochar from biosolids increases carbon and nitrogen storage in low fertility pasture soils. Poster session presented at the meeting of New Zealand 2013 Biochar Workshop. The final answer?. Palmerston North, New Zealand
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R., Camps Arbestain, M., Hedley, M.
Calvelo Pereira, R., Muetzel, S., Camps Arbestain, M., Bishop, P., Hina, K., & Hedley, M. (2013, July). Assessment of the influence of biochar on rumen fermentation: A laboratory-scale experiment. Presented at New Zealand 2013 Biochar Workshop. The final answer?. Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R., Camps Arbestain, M., Hedley, M.
Calvelo Pereira, R., Wisnubroto, E., Hedley, M., Camps Arbestain, M., Green, S., & Saggar, S. (2013, July). Impact on greenhouse gas emissions after fertiliser application in contrasted pasture soils amended with biochar. Presented at New Zealand 2013 Biochar Workshop. The final answer?. Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R.
Calvelo Pereira, R., Vazquez Sueiro, M., & Camps Arbestain, M. (2012). Geochemical weathering of granular, ash-rich biochar using a modified Sohxlet reactor. Poster session presented at the meeting of New Zealand 2012 Biochar Workshop. From Science to stakeholders
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R.
Calvelo Pereira, R., Camps Arbestain, M., Vazquez Sueiro, M., & Maciá-Agulló, JA. (2012). Deciphering the properties of biochars: Surface acidic functional groups. Poster session presented at the meeting of New Zealand 2012 Biochar Workshop. From Science to stakeholders
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R.
Calvelo Pereira, R., Vazquez Sueiro, M., Kaal, J., Camps Arbestain, M., Sevilla, M., & Hindmarsh, J. (2012). Carbon fractions in charcoal from archaeological Māori soils of New Zealand. Poster session presented at the meeting of Eurosoil 2012 Soil Science for the benefit of mankind and environment. 4th International Congress of the European Confederation Of Soil Science Societies (ECSSS). Bari, Italy
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R., Camps Arbestain, M., Hindmarsh, J.
Calvelo Pereira, R., Wisnubroto, E., Hedley, M., Camps Arbestain, M., Green, S., Saggar, S., . . . Deurer, M. (2012). Biochar as a catalyst for soil carbon sink enhancement: A lysimeter study. Poster session presented at the meeting of Eurosoil 2012 Soil Science for the benefit of mankind and environment. 4th International Congress of the European Confederation Of Soil Science Societies (ECSSS). Bari, Italy
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R., Camps Arbestain, M., Hedley, M.
Calvelo Pereira, R., Vazquez Sueiro, M., & Camps Arbestain, M. (2012). Laboratory simulation of geochemical weathering of granular, ash-rich biochar. Poster session presented at the meeting of Eurosoil 2012 Soil Science for the benefit of mankind and environment. 4th International Congress of the European Confederation Of Soil Science Societies (ECSSS). Bari, Italy
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R., Camps Arbestain, M.
Calvelo Pereira, R., Wisnubroto, E., Hedley, M., Camps Arbestain, M., Green, S., Saggar, S., . . . Deurer, M. (2012, February). Biochar in pasture soils: effect in yield and nutrients. Presented at New Zealand 2012 Biochar Workshop. From Science to stakeholders. Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R., Camps Arbestain, M., Hedley, M.
Calvelo Pereira, R., Camps Arbestain, M., Vazquez Sueiro, M., Kaal, J., Sevilla, M., & Hindmarsh, J. (2012, February). Lessons from the past: Carbon fractions in charcoal from archaeological Māori soils of New Zealand. Presented at New Zealand 2012 Biochar Workshop. From Science to stakeholders. Palmerston North.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R.
Calvelo Pereira, R., Camps Arbestain, M., Vazquez Sueiro, M., & Maciá-Agulló, JA. (2011). Characterisation of C fractions in charcoal from archaeological Māori soils of New Zealand. Poster session presented at the meeting of 2nd Asia Pacific Biochar Conference, APBC KYOTO 2011. Towards Human and Environmental Symbiosis Using Biochar. Kyoto, Japan
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R.
Calvelo Pereira, R., Camps Arbestain, M., & Macia Agullo, J. (2011). Methodologies for determining surface charge in biochar. Poster session presented at the meeting of New Zealand Biochar Research Centre Workshop 2011. Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R., Camps Arbestain, M.
Calvelo Pereira, R., Kaal, J., Camps Arbestain, M., Lorenzo, R., Aitkenhead, W., Hedley, M., . . . Macia Agullo, J. (2011, February). Methodologies for determining the labile fraction of carbon in biochar. Presented at New Zealand Biochar Research Centre Workshop 2011. Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R., Camps Arbestain, M., Hedley, M., Hindmarsh, J.
Camps Arbestain, M., Bishop, P., Hina, K., Yao, F., Aitkenhead, W., Hindmarsh, J., . . . Hedley, M. (2010). Producing biochars for New Zeland soils. Poster session presented at the meeting of 19th World Congress of Soil Science. Soil Solutions for a Changing World. Brisbane, Australia
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R.
Hina, K., Bishop, PA., Camps Arbestain, M., Calvelo Pereira, R., Macia Agullo, J., Hindmarsh, JP., . . . Hedley, MJ. (2010). Producing biochars with enhanced surface activity through alkaline pretreatment of feedstocks. Poster session presented at the meeting of New Zealand Biochar Research Centre (NZBRC) Workshop 2010: Opportunities for New Zealand Stakeholders. Palmerston North, New Zealand
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R., Camps Arbestain, M., Hanly, J., Hedley, M., Hindmarsh, J.
Calvelo Pereira, R., Lorenzo, R., Aitkenhead, WP., Macias, F., Hedley, MJ., Macia Agullo, J., . . . Camps Arbestain, M. (2010). Influence of pyrolysis temperature on heterotrophic basal soil respiration in biochar/soil mixtures. Poster session presented at the meeting of New Zealand Biochar Research Centre (NZBRC) Workshop 2010: Opportunities for New Zealand Stakeholders. Palmerston North, New Zealand
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R., Camps Arbestain, M., Hedley, M.
Camps Arbestain, M., Calvelo Pereira, R., Lorenzo, R., Aitkenhead, WP., Macias, F., Hedley, MJ., . . . Macia Agullo, J. (2010, September). Contribution to the characterization of biochars for the prediction of their carbon longevity. Presented at Third Conference of the International Biochar Initiative. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R., Camps Arbestain, M., Hedley, M.
Calvelo Pereira, R., Monterroso, C., & Macias, F. (2008). Impact of hexachlorocyclohexane in agricultural soils of Galicia, NW of Spain. Poster session presented at the meeting of EUROSOIL 2008 Congress. Soil - Society - Environment. Vienna, Austria
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R.
Calvelo Pereira, R., Macias, F., & Monterroso, C.Toxicity of hexachlorocyclohexane isomers and plant uptake: experiments in hydroponic cultures. Presented at COST Action 859 Working Group 1 Meeting. Root to Shoot Translocation of Pollutants and Nutrients
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Calvelo Pereira, R.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
CoSupervisor 1 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • Helen Walker - PhD
    Examination of the role of interactions of soil biota with pasture plants in carbon and nitrogen cycling with a view to understanding and mitigating greenhouse gas emissions

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