Dr Zhe Weng Animal Plant & Soil Sciences

Han obtained his B.Sc. with First-Class Honours in Environmental Sciences from University of East Anglia, UK, in 2012, before completing a PhD at the University of New England, Australia. Following post-doctoral work at University of South Australia, Charles Sturt University and Southern Cross University, he was appointed as a postdoctoral fellow at La Trobe University in 2017. His current research focuses on ameliorating subsoil acidity in the southern grain region using innovative approaches. He has forged and maintained strong collaboration with researchers and farmers in Riverina, Wimmera and Mallee, Australia.

He is an expert in plant-biochar-soil interactions on soil C cycling. He published his biochar research in top journals on the topics including Nature Climate Change (Ranked 2 of 250 journals in Environmental Sciences) and Soil Biology Biochemistry (Ranked 1 of 35 journals in Soil Science), where he demonstrated an emergent mechanism that biochar can restore recent C from plants over 10 years in pasture. His finding was cited by the United Nations Environment Programme. His webinar on biochar research has created traction and has been viewed over 38K times on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SDfeZPCC3g). He has developed a novel dual-isotope three-pool labeling approach and synchrotron-based spectroscopic techniques to shed light on soil carbon dynamic at nano-scale. This is crucial to agricultural productivity and climate change mitigation. ANSTO interview: https://www.ansto.gov.au/news/restoring-soil-carbon


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