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FRANK VERHEIJEN: UA RESEARCHER OF THE MONTH

FRANK VERHEIJEN: UA RESEARCHER OF THE MONTH

21/03/2016

"Physical Geography is the study of the interactions between the lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere. I am a physical geographer (MSc) from the University of Amsterdam, located a few meters below sea level in the large delta that forms most of The Netherlands. My MSc research focused on interactions between plant species and soil water repellency, in the drylands of southeast Spain. For my PhD I moved to soils formed in the glacial sediments of the low hills of southeast England (Cranfield University) to study how soil organic matter may provide on-farm economic benefit. Since then, during the last ten years, I helped to design and test a harmonised EU soil monitoring system in a 38 partner project. I moved to the old floodplains of the river Thames in London (Queen Mary University of London) to study the effects of a wildfire on the recovery of an organic soil in a Scottish peatland. I moved to the southern foothills of the Alps in Italy to work at the European Commission Joint Research Centre, where I led a small team in publishing a major EU report on biochar (2010) that identified positive, negative and unknown effects. Finally, I moved close to a drowned river valley in Portugal (University of Aveiro) to push for more scientific discovery of those unknown effects."

More details in: http://www.ua.pt/research/page/20986

Contact:

Dr. Frank Verheijen
Departamento de Ambiente e Ordenamento & CESAM
Universidade de Aveiro
telefone: 234 370200 (ext. 22608)
e-mail: verheijen@ua.pt
       
URL: http://www.cesam.ua.pt/frankverheijen
Biochar Investigation Network of Portugal

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