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Dr James Hanly PhD, MAppSc, BAgrSc

Senior Lecturer in Soil Science

School of Agriculture and Environment


Contact details

  • Location: 124, AgHort B
    Campus: Manawatu


  • Doctor of Philosophy - Massey University (2012)
  • Master of Applied Science - Massey University (2001)
  • Bachelor of Agricultural Science - Massey University (1996)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Research interests include:

- Nutrient cycling and management in agricultural and horticultural farming systems.

- Quantifying and managing diffuse and point-sources losses of nitrogen and phosphorus to fresh water systems.

- Management systems for improved land treatment of farm dairy effluent.  


Future Food Systems

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000): Agricultural Land Management (070101): Agriculture, Land and Farm Management (070100):
Environmental Sciences (050000):
Farming Systems Research (070107):
Soil Chemistry (excl. Carbon Sequestration Science) (050304): Soil Sciences (050300):
Sustainable Agricultural Development (070108)


Nutrient management, nitrate leaching, phosphorus runoff, farm dairy effluent management, sol fertility, nutrient budgeting.

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 3 11
Team Member 0 4

Research Outputs

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

  • 119.710 Nutrient Management in Grazed Pasture Systems
  • 189.251 Soil Fertility and Fertilisers

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 2 1
Co-supervisor 5 3

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Stefania Yanina Romero Ramirez - Doctor of Philosophy
    N Leaching Mitigation Options for the Levin Wastewater Discharge Site (The Pot)
  • May Hedges - Doctor of Philosophy
    Effect of increasing cow urine patch area on nitrogen dynamics in grazed pastures

Co-supervisor of:

  • Sarmini Maheswaran - Doctor of Philosophy
    Nutrient leaching under intensive sheep grazing
  • Gina Aliya Sopha - Doctor of Philosophy
    Improving shallot (Allium cepa var aggregatum) production in rainy season in West Java, Indonesia
  • Maria Rodriguez Gelos - Doctor of Philosophy
    Natural control of nitrate leaching, nitrous oxide and ammonia losses with plantain pastures
  • Rohit Lal - Doctor of Philosophy
    Developing a Sustainable Nutrient Management System for Taro Growers in Taveuni, Fiji
  • Jay Howes - Doctor of Philosophy
    Targeted Duration Controlled Grazing – The Effects of Timing of Grazing on Nitrate Leaching and Treading Damage

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2019 - Sasikunya Cheuyglintase - Doctor of Philosophy
    Removal of dissolved reactive phosphorus from municipal and dairy factory wastewater using Allophanic soils

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2019 - Kamal Adhikari - Doctor of Philosophy
    Mitigation potential of urease inhibitory compounds in reducing ammonia emissions from cattle urine in dairy-grazed pasture soils
  • 2013 - Christine Christensen - Doctor of Philosophy
    Duration-controlled grazing of dairy cows: Impacts on pasture production and on nitrogen, phosphorus and faecal microbe losses to water
  • 2013 - Kiran Hina - Doctor of Philosophy
    Application of Biochar Technologies to waste water Treatment

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