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Prof Chris Anderson

Professor in Environmental Science/Director of the Fertiliser and Lime Research Centre

Doctoral Mentor Supervisor
School of Agriculture and Environment

 I define myself as a soil chemist, with specific expertise in the subject area of environmental geochemistry.

I have significant experience in the application of new environmental chemistry techniques (analytical and technology-based) to current science and technology problems. A key focus of my research is the use of plants to extract, degrade or immobilise contaminants in soil. My research has been dominated by attention to trace elements, but extends to organic contaminants. Underpinning my research is a quest to understand the flux of contaminants within the soil-plant-animal biogeochemical system.



Contact details

  • Ph: +64 6 356 9099 ext 84850
    Location: 1.25, AgHort B
    Campus: Manawatu

Certifications and Registrations

  • Licence, Mentor Supervisor, Massey University

Prizes and Awards

  • 2016 winner of the Guizhou Scientific and Technical Cooperation Award by Guizhou Provincial Government (China) recognising my long-term collaboration with the Institute of Geochemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Guiyang City (Guizhou Province). This is the third time that this award has been made in 30 years. - Guizhou Provincial Government (China) (2016)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Gold biogeochemistry and phytomining

Artisanal and small-scale mining

Rehabilitation of degreded soils


Resource Development and Management

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Earth Sciences (040000):
Environmental Impact Assessment (050204): Environmental Management (050205): Environmental Monitoring (050206): Environmental Rehabilitation (excl. Bioremediation) (050207): Environmental Science and Management (050200): Environmental Sciences (050000):
Geochemistry (040200):
Soil Chemistry (excl. Carbon Sequestration Science) (050304): Soil Sciences (050300)


Phytoremediation, phytomining, environmental risk assessment, environmental geochemistry

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 16
Team Member 0 2

Teaching and Supervision

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Main Supervisor 2 5
Co-supervisor 6 3

Current Doctoral Supervision

Main Supervisor of:

  • Gabby Liu - Doctor of Philosophy
    Investigating the effect of soil chemistry and hydrology on kiwifruit ( Actinidia deliciosa) vine performance
  • Jonathon Hannon - Doctor of Philosophy
    A municipal zero waste methodology.

Co-supervisor of:

  • Iro Sefa - Doctor of Philosophy
    Assessing the Nutrient Status of Cocoa, Theobromae cacao, in Solomon IslandsAssessing the Nutrient Status of Cocoa, Theobromae cacao, in Solomon Islands
  • Fredy Monserrate Rojas - Doctor of Philosophy
    Solving the chocolate cadmium conundrum- Understanding and mitigating the causes of high cadmium accumulation in cacao.
  • Dumsane Matse - Doctor of Philosophy
    The effect of copper bioavailability on nitrification rate in New Zealand pastoral soils
  • Rupsa Chakraborty Chakraborty - Doctor of Philosophy
    Mineral exploration using airborne hyperspectral remote sensing
  • Gautam Shrestha - Doctor of Philosophy
    Amplifying the power of proximal sensing to assess the cadmium concentration in agricultural soils
  • Nilusha Ubeynarayana - Doctor of Philosophy
    Mechanisms of cadmium uptake and transport in forage and food plant species

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Main Supervisor of:

  • 2019 - Geretharan Thangavelautham - Doctor of Philosophy
    Impact of phosphate fertiliser derived fluorine on soil microbiology and white clover (Trifolium repens L)
  • 2017 - Aaron Stafford - Doctor of Philosophy
    Distribution of cadmium in long-term dairy soils, its accumulation in selected plant species, and the implications for management and mitigation
  • 2014 - Samuel Gregory - Doctor of Philosophy
    Remediation of New Zealand sheep dip sites using biochar and phytoextraction technologies
  • 2014 - Saleem Bhatti - Doctor of Philosophy
    Arsenic Irrigated Vegetables: Risk assessment for South Asian horticulture
  • 2013 - Raza Khan - Doctor of Philosophy
    Boron dynamics and availability in pinus radiata plantation

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2017 - Elizabeth Nickless - Doctor of Philosophy
    Influential Factors in Nectar Composition and Yield in Leptospermum scoparium
  • 2014 - ~ Sadaf - Doctor of Philosophy
    A non-conventional model to assess the exploration and production potential of the Waipawa formation: A possible source rock in the East Coast Basin
  • 2011 - Paramsothy Jeyakumar - Doctor of Philosophy
    Copper and Zinc dynamics and bioavailability in soils amended with biosolids

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