Frank G.A. Verheijen
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
- Researcher ID F-5381-2011
- ORCID 0000-0001-6741-4249
- Department: Environment and Planning
- Research Group: Coastal Zone Planning & Manag.
- ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor : AU=Verheijen,FGA OR Verheijen,Frank; SCOPUS ID: 8632508600 Title: SoilRes: Increasing Soil Resilience with Waste-derived Biochar – adapting Portuguese Soils to Climate Change Supervisor: Jan Jacob Keizer Category: BO Grant type: BPD Funding entity: FCT Grant reference: SFRH/BPD/107913/2015 Start date: 2016-09-01 End date: 2019-08-31
My primary research interest is the interaction between vegetation and its abiotic environment, particularly vegetation - soil organic matter (SOM) - soil hydrology dynamics. In practical terms this often relates to researching the interaction between climate or soil management and dynamics of SOM, soil erosion and desertification.
- Funded by the UK Department of Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
- Supervisor: Professor Mark Kibblewhite.
M.Sc. in Physical Geography: soil water repellency caused by soil organic matter underneath three dominant shrub species (2001). University of Amsterdam The Netherlands.
- Supervisor: Dr. Erik Cammeraat.
My research in Portugal has taken me back to the laboratory scale – rainfall simulations (Abrol et al., 2016), ecotoxicology (Amaro et al., 2016) and field scale (MASCC project) - while continuing continental and global scale research (Verheijen et al., 2017; Jeffery et al., 2017).
It is my firm belief that to deal successfully with the challenges posed by climate and land use change on the one hand, and food security and environmental functioning on the other, researchers are needed with both broad and deep skills. I have attempted to achieve this through my education and research experience and hope to apply and extend my skills to understand the planet better and help keep it viable and functioning.
Jeffery, S., Verheijen, F.G.A., Kammann, C., Abalos, D. (2017) Corrigendum to “Biochar effects on methane emissions from soils: A meta-analysis” [Soil Biol. Biochem. 101 (2016) 251–258](S0038071716301663)(10.1016/j.soilbio.2016.07.021). Soil Biology And Biochemistry, 105, 253-253. See more
Meyer S., Genesio L., Vogel I., Schmidt H.P., Soja G., Someus E., Shackley S., Verheijen F.G.A., Glaser B. (2017) BIOCHAR STANDARDIZATION AND LEGISLATION HARMONIZATION. JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING AND LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT, 25, ( 2), 175-191. See more
Verheijen F.G.A., Mankasingh U., Penizek V., Panzacchi P., Glaser B., Jeffery S., Bastos A.C., Tammeorg P., Kern J., Zavalloni C., Zanchettin G., Sakrabani R. (2017) REPRESENTATIVENESS OF EUROPEAN BIOCHAR RESEARCH: PART I - FIELD EXPERIMENTS. JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING AND LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT, 25, ( 2), 140-151. See more
Jeffery S., Abalos D., Prodana M., Bastos A.C., van Groenigen J.W., Hungate B.A., Verheijen F. (2017) Biochar boosts tropical but not temperate crop yields. ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS, 12, ( 5), See more
Sakrabani R., Kern J., Mankasingh U., Zavalloni C., Zanchettin G., Bastos A.C., Tammeorg P., Jeffery S., Glaser B., Verheijen F.G.A. (2017) REPRESENTATIVENESS OF EUROPEAN BIOCHAR RESEARCH: PART II - POT AND LABORATORY STUDIES. JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING AND LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT, 25, ( 2), 152-159. See more
Bachmann H.J., Bucheli T.D., Dieguez-Alonso A., Fabbri D., Knicker H., Schmidt H.P., Ulbricht A., Becker R., Buscaroli A., Buerge D., Cross A., Dickinson D., Enders A., Esteves V.I., Evangelou M.W.H., Fellet G., Friedrich K., Guerrero G.G., Glaser B., Hanke U.M., Hanley K., Hilber I., Kalderis D., Leifeld J., Masek O., Mumme J., Carmona M.P., Pereira R.C., Rees F., Rombola A.G., de la Rosa J.M., Sakrabani R., Sohi S., Soja G., Valagussa M., Verheijen F., 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. See more
Jeffery S., Verheijen F.G.A., Kammann C., Abalos D. (2016) Biochar effects on methane emissions from soils: A meta-analysis. SOIL BIOLOGY & BIOCHEMISTRY, 101, 251-258. See more
Amaro A., Bastos A.C., Santos M.J.G., Verheijen F.G.A., Soares A.M.V.M., Loureiro S. (2016) Ecotoxicological assessment of a biochar-based organic N-fertilizer in small-scale terrestrial ecosystem models (STEMs). APPLIED SOIL ECOLOGY, 108, 361-370. See more
Abrol V., Ben-Hur M., Verheijen F.G.A., Keizer J.J., Martins M.A.S., Tenaw H., Tchehansky L., Graber E.R. (2016) Biochar effects on soil water infiltration and erosion under seal formation conditions: rainfall simulation experiment. JOURNAL OF SOILS AND SEDIMENTS, 16, ( 12), 2709-2719. See more
Santos J.M., Verheijen F.G.A., Wahren F.T., Wahren A., Feger K.H., Bernard-Jannin L., Rial-Rivas M.E., Keizer J.J., Nunes J.P. (2016) SOIL WATER REPELLENCY DYNAMICS IN PINE AND EUCALYPT PLANTATIONS IN PORTUGAL - A HIGH-RESOLUTION TIME SERIES. LAND DEGRADATION & DEVELOPMENT, 27, ( 5), 1334-1343. See more
De la Rosa J.M., Verheijen F.G.A., Knicker H. (2015) Natural and anthropogenic pyrogenic carbon in Mediterranean ecosystems: the need for interdisciplinary learning and collaboration. JOURNAL OF SOILS AND SEDIMENTS, 15, ( 4), 745-747. See more
Verheijen F.G.A., Bastos A.C., Jeffery S. (2015) Bury the idea that soils are a local issue. NATURE, 528, ( 7583), 479-479. See more
Silva F.C., Borrego C., Keizer J.J., Amorim J.H., Verheijen F.G.A. (2015) Effects of moisture content on wind erosion thresholds of biochar. ATMOSPHERIC ENVIRONMENT, 123, 121-128. See more
Jeffery S., Verheijen F.G.A., Bastos A.C., Van der Velde M. (2014) A comment on ‘Biochar and its effects on plant productivity and nutrient cycling: a meta-analysis': on the importance of accurate reporting in supporting a fast-moving research field with policy implications. Global Change Biology Bioenergy, 6, ( 3), 176-179. See more
Verheijen F.G.A., Graber E.R., Ameloot N., Bastos A.C., Sohi S., Knicker H. (2014) Biochars in soils: new insights and emerging research needs Introduction. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SOIL SCIENCE, 65, ( 1), 22-27. See more
Ameloot N., Graber E.R., Verheijen F.G.A., De Neve S. (2013) Interactions between biochar stability and soil organisms: review and research needs. European Journal Of Soil Science, 64, ( 4), 379-390. See more
Verheijen F.G.A., Jeffery S., van der Velde M., Penizek V., Beland M., Bastos A.C., Keizer J.J. (2013) Reductions in soil surface albedo as a function of biochar application rate: implications for global radiative forcing. Environmental Research Letters, 8, ( 4), 1-7. See more
Verheijen F.G.A., Jones R.J.A., Rickson R.J., Smith C.J., Bastos A.C., Nunes J.P., Keizer J.J. (2012) Concise overview of European soil erosion research and evaluation. Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica Section B-Soil And Plant Science, 62, 185-190. See more
Verheijen F.G.A., Montanarella L., Bastos A.C. (2012) Sustainability, certification, and regulation of biochar. Pesquisa Agropecuaria Brasileira, 47, ( 5), 649-653. See more
van der Velde M., See L., Fritz S., Verheijen F.G.A., Khabarov N., Obersteiner M. (2012) Generating crop calendars with Web search data. ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS, 7, ( 2), See more
Jeffery S., Verheijen F.G.A., van der Velde M., Bastos A.C. (2011) A quantitative review of the effects of biochar application to soils on crop productivity using meta-analysis. Agriculture, Ecosystems And The Environment, 144, ( 1), 175-187. See more
Verheijen F.G.A., Jones R.J.A., Smith C.J., Rickson R.J. (2009) Tolerable versus actual soil erosion rates in Europe. Earth-Science Reviews, 94, 23-38. See more
Saby N., Bellamy P., Morvan X., Arrouays D., Jones R.J.A., Verheijen F.G.A., Kibblewhite M., Verdoodt A., Ueveges I.B., Freudenschuss A., Simota C. (2008) Will European soil monitoring networks be able to determine changes in topsoil organic carbon contents?. Global Change Biology , 14, ( 10), 2432-2442. See more
Morvan X., Saby N.P.A., Arrouays D., Le Bas C., Jones R.J.A., Verheijen F.G.A., Bellamy P.H., Stephens M., Kibblewhite M.G. (2008) Soil monitoring in Europe: a review of existing systems and requirements for harmonisation. Science Of The Total Environment, 391, ( 1), 1-12. See more
Verheijen F.G.A. , Cammeraat L.H. (2007) The association between three dominant shrub species and water repellent soils along a range of soil moisture contents in semi-arid Spain. Hydrological Processes, 21, ( 17), 2310-2316. See more
Verheijen F.G.A., Bellamy P.H., Kibblewhite M.G. , Gaunt J.L. (2005) Organic carbon ranges in arable soils of England and Wales. Soil Use And Management, 21, ( 1), 2-9. See more
Spiegel, H., Filcheva, E., Hegymegi, P., Gal, A., Verheijen, F.G.A. (2007) Review and comparison of methods used for soil organic carbon determination, Part 2: Laboratory Study. Soil Science Agrochemistry And Ecology, XLI, ( 4), 19-25. See more
X. Morvan, A. Richer de Forges, D. Arrouays, C. Le Bas, N. Saby, Jones, F.G.A. Verheijen, Bellamy, Kibblewhite, Stephens (2007) Une analyse des stratégies d'échantillonnage des réseaux de surveillance de la qualité des sols en Europe. Etude Et Gestion Des Sols 10/2007; , 14, ( 4), 317-326. See more
Jones, A. , Barcelo, S. , Bouraoui, F. , Bosco, C. , Dewitte, O. , Gardi, G. , Hervás, J. , Hiederer, R. , Jeffery, S. , Montanarella, L. , Panagos, P. , Penizek, V. , Tóth, G. , Van Den Eeckhaut, M. , Van Liedekerke, M. , Verheijen, F. , Marmo, L. , Olazábal, C. , Strassburger, T. , Viestova, E. , Erhard, M. , Iversen, C. , Lükewille, A. , Petersen, J.-E. (2011) The state of soil in Europe: a contribution to the European State of the Environment Report 2010. Joint Research Centre (JRC) Scientific and Technical Report. (EDS.), Luxembourg. Office for the Official Publications of the European Communities. 978-92-9213-157-9. See more
Verheijen, F.G.A. , Jeffery, S., , Bastos, A.C. , van der Velde, M. , Diafas, I. (2010) Biochar Application to Soils - A Critical Scientific Review of Effects on Soil Properties, Processes and Functions. Joint Research Centre (JRC) Scientific and Technical Report. (EDS.), Luxembourg. Office for the Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg. 978-92-79-14293-2. See more
S. Jeffery, C. Gardi, A. Jones, L. Montanarella, L. Marmo, L. Miko, K. Ritz, G. Peres, J. Römbke et W. H. van der Putten (Eds.) (2010) Atlas Européen de la Biodiversité des Sols. Commission Européenne, Bureau des Publications de l’Union Européenne, Luxembourg. 978-92-79-29726-7. See more
Arrouays D., Morvan X., Saby N.P.A., Richer de Forges A., Le Bas C., Bellamy P.H., Berényi Üveges J., Freudenschu A., Jones A.R., Jones R.J.A., Kibblewhite M.G., Simota C., Verdoodt A., Verheijen F.G.A. (2008) Environmental Assessment of Soil for Monitoring: Volume IIa Inventory & Monitoring. Joint Research Centre (JRC) Scientific and Technical Report. (EDS.), Luxembourg. Office for the Official Publications of the European Communities. 978-92-79-09709-6. See more
Jones, R.J.A. , Verheijen, F.G.A. , Reuter, H.I. , Jones, A.R. (2008) Environmental Assessment of Soil for Monitoring Volume V: Procedures & Protocols. Joint Research Centre (JRC) Scientific and Technical Report. (EDS.), Luxembourg. Office for the Official Publications of the European Communities. 978-92-79-09714-0. See more
Kibblewhite, M. , Rubio, J-L. , Kosmas, C. , Jones, R. , Arrouays, D. , Huber, S. , Verheijen, F. (2007) Environmental Assessment of Soil for Monitoring Desertification in Europe. Eighth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 8) to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). (EDS.), Madrid, Spain. Cranfield UK. 1-871315-97-2. See more
A. Orgiazzi, R.D. Bardgett, E. Barrios , V. Behan-Pelletier, M.J.I. Briones, J.-L.Chotte, G.B. De Deyn, P. Eggleton, N. Fierer, T. Fraser, K. Hedlund, S. Jeffery, N.C. Johnson, A. Jones, et al (Eds.) Global Atlas of Soil Biodiversity. European Commission. Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg. 978-92-79-48169-7. See more
Simon Jeffery, Diego Abalos, Kurt Spokas and Frank G.A. Verheijen (2015) Biochar for Environmental management, Science, Technology and Implementation. Johannes Lehmann & Stephen Joseph. (EDS.), Abington. Routledge. 301-326. 978-0-415-70415-1. See more
Verheijen, F.G.A. (2010) European Atlas of Soil Biodiversity. Luxembourg. Office for the Official Publications of the European Communities. 978-92-79-15806-3. See more
Verheijen, F.G.A. (2010) European Atlas of Soil Biodiversity. Luxembourg. Office for the Official Publications of the European Communities. 978-92-79-15806-3. See more
Richter de Forges, A. , Verheijen, F.G.A. , Arrouays, D. , Blanchart, E. , Bernoux, M. (2009) Soil and Culture. Springer Publishers. 978-90-481-2959-1. See more
Huber S., Prokop G., Arrouays D., Banko G., Bispo A., Jones R.J.A., Kibblewhite M.G., Lexer W., Möller A., Rickson R.J., Shishkov T., Stephens M., Toth G., Van den Akker J.J.H. , Varallyay G., Verheijen F.G.A., Jones A.R. (2008) Environmental Assessment of Soil for Monitoring: Volume I Indicators & Criteria. Joint Research Centre (JRC) Scientific and Technical Report. (EDS.), Luxembourg. Office for the Official Publications of the European Communities. 978-92-79-09708-9. See more
Verheijen F.G.A. (2005) On-farm benefits from soil organic matter in England and Wales. PhD Thesis. See more
Verheijen F.G.A. (2001) The spatial distribution of soil water repellency and its relation to plant species, soil moisture content and soil moisture redistribution, in semi-arid SE Spain. MSc Thesis. See more
Verheijen, F.G.A. (2018) Melhoria sustentavel do conteudo organico dos solos. III Conferencia GPA'18 - Jeronimo Martins , 7 June 2018, Santarem. See more
Alda Vieira, Isabel Campos, João Rocha, Óscar Gonzalez-Pelayo, Frank Verheijen, Jan Jacob Keizer, Nelson Abrantes (2018) Contaminação de Solos e Águas por Cobre em Áreas Vitícolas e Aplicação de Biochar para Remediação do Solo. Conferência Internacional de Ambiente em Língua Portuguesa, CIALP, 8-10/05/2018, Aveiro. III, See more
Prodana M., Bastos A.C., Verheijen F.G.A. , Keizer J.J., Soares A.M.V.M., Loureiro S. (2017) Infuence of biochar particle sizes on biota responses. SETAC Europe 27th Annual Meeting, 7/05/2017-11/05/2017, Brussels . See more
Jeffery, S., Abalos, D., Prodana, M., Bastos, A.C., van Groenigen, J.W., Hungate, B.A., Verheijen, F.G.A. (2017) Biochar boosts tropical but not temperate crop yields. 6th International Symposium on Soil Organic Matter: Healthy soils for sustainable agriculture: the role of SOM, 3–7 September 2017, Harpenden (UK). See more
Verheijen, F.G.A., Jeffery, S., Abalos, D., Prodana, M., Bastos, A.C., van Groenigen, J.W., Hungate, B.A. (2017) (2017) Biochar boosts tropical but not temperate crop yields. Mini-symposium: Soil organic matter in agricultural systems - challenges and opportunities, 4 Oct 2017, Radix building (M10), Wageningen University. See more
Verheijen F., Pinto G., Silva F., González-Pelayo O., Keizer J., Fabres S., Quintela A., Teixeira C., Rocha F., Sarabando L. (2017) Is applying biochar to soils of forest plantations (already) a management option?. VIII Congresso Florestal Nacional - Raízes do Futuro, 11-14 October 2017, Viana do Castelo. See more
Bastos A.C., Domene X., Kammann C.,Cardoso D., Morgado R., Prodana M. , Arasa R., del Águila M., Bucheli T., Hilber I., Schmidt H.-P., Verheijen F.G.A., Keizer J.J., Soares A.M.V.M., Loureiro S. (2016) Integrating analytical and effect-based biochar characterization: an interdisciplinary COST Action (FA TD1107) initiative. SETAC Europe, 26th Annual Meeting, 22-26 May, Nantes, France. See more
Prodana, M., Bastos, A.C., Amaro, A, Cardoso, D., Morgado, R., Santos, M.J., Verheijen, F.G.A., Keizer, J.J., Soares, A.M.V.M., Loureiro, S. (2015) A one-year assessment of biochar effects on key soil invertebrates in a field trial under viticulture. SETAC Europe, 25th Annual Meeting, 3-7 May, Barcelona, Spain. See more
Valente, S., Prats, S.A., Ribeiro, C., Verheijen, F., Fleskens, L., Keizer, J. (2015) A conceptual framework for an ecosystem service-based assessment of the so-called “emergency stabilization” measures following wildfire. EGU General Assembly 2015, 12-17 April, Vienna, Austria. 17, See more
Bastos A.C. , Verheijen F.G.A. (2015) Produção e aplicação do Biochar: juntos a caminho da sustentabilidade. Workshop 'Incorporação de resíduos de origem agrícola e vegetal na produção de biocarvão/biochar'. Organização pela empresa Ibero Massa Florestal Lda., 8 Maio, Avenal, Oliveiro de Azeméis. See more
Martins M.A.S., Malvar M.C., Machado A.I., Serpa D., Prats S.A., Faria S.R., Varela M.E., Verheijen F.G.A., Keizer J.J. (2015) Wildfire reduces soil water repellency in eucalypt forest of north central Portugal? . 5th International Conference of Fire Effects on Soil Properties, 14 -17 July 2015. , Dublin, Ireland.. See more
Verheijen F., Silva F., Amaro A., Pinto G., Mesquita R., Jesus C., Alves A., Keizer J. (2015) Trade-offs between soil hydrology and plant disease effects after biochar amendment in sandy soil. EGU General Assembly 2015, 12-17 April, Vienna, Austria. See more
Bastos A.C. , Domene X., Kammann C., Cardoso D., Morgado R., Prodana M., Arasa R., del Águila M., Bucheli T., Hilber I., Schmidt H.-P., Verheijen F.G.A., Keizer J.J., Soares A.M.V.M., Loureiro S. (2015) Bridging the gap between analytical & effect-based biochar characterization: an inter-laboratory COST Action initiative . UNDERSTANDING BIOCHAR MECHANISMS FOR PRACTICAL IMPLEMENTATION. FINAL MEETING EU-COST ACTION , 28TH - 30TH SEPTEMBER 2015, HOCHSCHULE GEISENHEIM UNIVERSITY. See more
Bastos A.C., Domene X., Kammann C., Cardoso D., Morgado R., Prodana M., Arasa R., del Águila M., Bucheli T., Hilber I., Schmidt H.-P., Verheijen F.G.A., Keizer J.J., Soares A.M.V.M., Loureiro S. (2015) Bridging the gaps between analytical & effect-based biochar characterization: an inter-laboratory COST Action initiative. Joint International Biochar Symposium 2015, 28-30 September, Geisenheim, Germany. See more
Amaro, A., Bastos, A.C., Cardoso, D.N., Morgado, R., Prodana, M., M.J. Santos, Verheijen, F.G.A., Keizer, J.J., Soares, A.M.V.M., Loureiro, S. (2014) Invertebrate avoidance behaviour as a screening tool for biochar-amended soils under viticulture. SETAC Europe, 24th Annual Meeting, 11-15 May, Basel, Zwitzerland. See more
Frank Verheijen, Ana Catarina Bastos (2014) Introduction to Biochar. Biochar in Soils: the state-of-the-art, 5th June 2014, Aveiro. See more
Verheijen, F.G.A., Bastos, A.C., Abrantes, N., Amaro, A., Keizer, J.J. (2013) Biochar: can it improve ecosystem services provided by soils?. Research Day, University of Aveiro, 19th June 2013, Aveiro, Portugal. See more
Verheijen, F.G.A., Bastos, A.C. (2013) Biochar effects on soil properties and functions. Invited talk by the Direção Regional de Agricultura e Pescas do Centro - Ordem dos Engenheiros / Regional Ministery of Agriculture and Fisheries (DRAPC) , 26th July 2013, Coimbra, Portugal. See more
Verheijen F.G.A., Keizer J.J. (2013) Soil functions influenced by erosion, organic matter, and wildfire. Protection of soil functions – challenges for the future, 15th – 18th October 2013, Puławy, Poland. See more
M. MARTINS, F. VERHEIJEN, J. J. KEIZER , M. BEN-HUR (2013) The effects of biochar amendment on soil erosion and infiltration. ESF-Exploratory Workshop: Impact of natural and anthropogenic Pyrogenic carbon in Mediterranean ecosystems, 5th-7th November, Seville , Spain. See more
Verheijen F.G.A., Martins, M., Keizer, J.J. (2013) Biochar and Soil Hydrology under Mediterranean Conditions. International Workshop ‘Impact of natural and anthropogenic pyrogenic carbon’, 5th – 7th November 2013, Sevilla, Spain. See more
M. Prodana, A.C. Bastos, F.G.A. Verheijen, J.J. Keizer, N. Abrantes, A.M.V.M. Soares, S. Loureiro (2013) Consecutive dry-wet cycles influence toxicity of aqueous fractions of biochar-amended soil. SETAC Europe, 23th Annual Meeting, 11-16 May, Glasgow, UK. See more
Bastos, A.C., Abrantes, N., Prodana, M., Keizer, J.J., Verheijen, F.G.A., Soares, A.M.V.M., Loureiro, S. (2012) Ecotoxicity of biochar-bound PAH contaminants in aqueous extracts from biochar-amended soils: a pilot study. European Confederation of Soil Science Societies, EUROSOIL 2012, 4th International Congress, 2-6 July 2012, Bari, Italy. See more
Bastos, A.C., Abrantes, N., Prodana, M., Verheijen, F.G.A., Keizer, J.J., Soares, A.M.V.M., Loureiro, S. (2012) Effects of aqueous soil-biochar extracts on representative aquatic organisms: a first evaluation. European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2012, 22-27 April 2012, Vienna, Austria. See more
Jeffery, S., Verheijen, F.G.A., van der Velde, M., Bastos, A.C. (2012) A meta-analysis of the effects of biochar application to soils on crop productivity. European Confederation of Soil Science Societies, EUROSOIL 2012, 4th International Congress, 2-6 July 2012, Bari, Italy. See more
Verheijen F.G.A., Jeffery S., Bastos A.C., van der Velde M. (2012) Biochar effects on soils: overview and knowledge gaps (solicited). European Geosciences Union General Assembly, 22-27 April 2012, Vienna, Austria. See more
Verheijen F.G.A., Jeffery S., van der velde M., Penizek, V., Bastos, A.C., Beland, M., Keizer, J.J. (2012) Biochar and Soil Surface Albedo: Does it Matter?. European Confederation of Soil Science Societies, EUROSOIL 2012, 4th International Congress, 2-6 July 2012, Bari, Italy. See more
Verheijen, F., Jeffery, S., Bastos, A.C., van der Velde, M. (2012) Comparing results from studies of biochar effects. First International Summer School on Biochar - Biochar Crossroads (solicited), 9th -16th September, Postdam, Germany. See more
Jeffery, S., Verheijen, F., Bastos, A.C., van der Velde, M. (2012) Agronomic Impacts of Biochar in Soils: A meta-analysis. Focus on Biochar, Production, Use and Assessment. 73rd Symposium de ANS e. V, 19th-20th September 2012, Berlin, Germany. See more
Verheijen, F.G.A., Jeffery, S., van der Velde, M., Penizek, V., Bastos, A.C., Beland, M., Keizer, J.J. (2012) Changes in soil surface albedo reduce the climate change mitigation potential of biochar. Biochar as Option for Sustainable Resource Management: A European Perspective, EU COST Action TD 1107 Workshop, 24th September, Chania (Crete), Greece. See more
Ameloot, N., Graber, E., Verheijen, F.G.A., De Neve, S. (2012) Biochar stability in soils: the role of soil organisms. European Confederation of Soil Science Societies, EUROSOIL 2012, 4th International Congress, 22-27 July, Bari, Italy. See more
Verheijen, F.G.A. , Jones R.J.A., Rickson, J., Smith, C. (2011) Soil erosion in Europe (Keynote lecture). Soil erosion in the Nordic countries Processes, mapping and mitigation, 2-4 November 2011, Oslo, Norway. See more
Verheijen, F.G.A. , Jeffery, S. , Bastos, A.C. , van der Velde, M. , Diafas, I. (2010) Discussion facilitator at the convening: ‘Biochar Systems for Small-Scale Farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia’. , 1st July, Seattle, USA. See more
Verheijen, F.G.A. , Jeffery, S. , Bastos, A.C. , van der Velde, M. , Diafas, I. (2010) Key note lecture: Biochar Application to Soils. Biochar Workshop, 11th-12th February, Palmerston North, New Zealand. See more
Verheijen, F.G.A. , Jeffery, S. , Bastos, A.C. , van der Velde, M. , Diafas, I. (2010) Biochar Application to Soils – (heterogeneity)2. EU side-event, UNFCCC COP15, 7th December, Copenhagen, Denmark. See more
Verheijen, F.G.A. , Jones R.J.A. , Smith C.J. , Rickson R.J. (2010) Tolerable soil erosion in Europe. EGU Grand Assembly, 02 – 07 May, Vienna, Austria. See more
Verheijen, F.G.A. , Artz, R.R.E. , Shotbolt, L. , Baird, A. , Belyea, L. (2008) Effects of fire on peatland C stocks and dynamics. FIRES Interdisciplinary Research on Ecosystem Services: Fire and Climate Change in UK Moorlands and Heaths. Seminar 1: The role of managed fire in ecosystem services of UK moorlands and heathlands, 31st March - 1st April, Edinburgh, Scotland. See more
Verheijen, F.G.A. (2006) On-farm benefits from soil organic matter in England and Wales. Soil Protection for Natural Resource Protection, international and interdisciplinary workshop, 1st – 5th October, Monte Verità, Ascona , Switzerland. See more
Verheijen, F.G.A. (2006) Soil Monitoring System for Europe. British Soil Science Society annual meeting, 13th – 15th September, Leeds, England. See more
Verheijen, F.G.A. (2005) Plant species affect soil water repellency differently, in semi-arid south-east Spain. EGU Grand Assemblee, 24th – 29th April, Vienna, Austria. See more
Verheijen, F.G.A. (2004) Indicators of Soil Organic Matter Value. Eurosoil 2004 conference, 4th – 12th September, Freiburg, Germany. See more
Verheijen, F.G.A. (2003) Organic Carbon Ranges in Arable Soil. Mechanisms and Regulation of Organic Matter Stabilisation in Soils, 5th – 8th October, Schloss Hohenkammer, Muenchen , Germany. See more
Verheijen, F.G.A. (2003) Soil Water Repellency, Plant Species, Soil Moisture Content and Soil Moisture Redistribution, in semi-arid southeast Spain. Young Scientist Conference, 10th and 11th April, Imperial College London, BSSS, UK. See more
A.C. Bastos, X. Domene, C. Kammann, D. Cardoso, R. Morgado, M. Prodana, R. Arasa, M. del Águila, T. Bucheli, I. Hilber, H.-P. Schmidt, F.G.A. Verheijen, J.J. Keizer, A.M.V.M. Soares, S. Loureiro Bridging the gap between analytical & effect-based biochar characterization: an inter-laboratory COST Action initiative . „UNDERSTANDING BIOCHAR MECHANISMS FOR PRACTICAL IMPLEMENTATION“ FINAL MEETING EU-COST ACTION „BIOCHAR“ & 76. SYMPOSIUM DES ANS e.V., 28TH - 30TH SEPTEMBER 2015, HOCHSCHULE GEISENHEIM UNIVERSITY. See more
- I received the 2017 Research Day award from the University of Aveiro "in recognition of the significance and quality of the research developed at the UA".
- I was the senior researcher on a major meta-analytical review that showed biochar to boost crop yield in the tropics but not in the temperate zone
- I was awarded Researcher of the Month for April 2016 at the University of Aveiro. Read the accompanying interview here.
- With my co-authors, I contributed to the discourse on soil policy with a correspondence in Nature magazine.
- With my co-authors, I published a book chapter in the 2nd edition of 'Biochar for Environmental Management', edited by Johannes Lehmann & Stephen Joseph. The chapter is titled 'Biochar Sustainability and Certification' and outlines a concept of how sustainable biochar would need to be certified both from the production perspective as well as the environmental application perspective.
- I visited the Volcani Center (Israel) on a Short Term Scientific Mission (COST-STSM-TD1107-13644) in January-February 2014 to work with Meni Ben-Hur and Ellen Graber on the effect of biochar on soil erosion, using a perforated-tray rotating disc type rainfall simulator.
- I published a review on tolerable soil erosion in EARTH-SCIENCE REVIEWS. With my co-authors we reviewed the definitions of 'tolerable soil erosion' and extensively reviewed the literature to derive soil formation rates, including dust deposition (to an extent), as a basis for defining tolerable soil erosion rates in Europe.
Postgraduate lecturing & examinations
- Opponent and member of thesis committee of Renske Hijbeek, Wageningen University, 03-10-2017. Thesis title: "On the role of soil organic matter for crop production in European arable farming".
- Lecture for postgraduate course (programa doctoral), DAO, UA, 03-04-2017, titled "Soil Management".
- Lecture for postgraduate course (programa doctoral), DAO, UA, 14-12-2012, titled "Introduction to biochar".
- Lecture at 1st international Summer School on biochar "Bio:char crossroads", 9-16 September 2012, titled "Comparing results from studies of biochar effects".
Organisation of scientific meetings
In June 2014, together with Ana Catarina Bastos, I organised a 2-day, joined WG2 & WG4 meeting for the COST Action TD1107 (Biochar as option for sustainable resource management), titled 'Biochar: on the path to the required level of scientific understanding'. Forty scientists participated in thematic groups. The outcome is published in a special issue.
I convened a symposium at EUROSOIL2012 titled 'Effects of Biochar on Soil Properties, Processes and Functions' (S5.3). Here we brought together leading scientists from across the world to present their latest results. A total of 85 oral and poster presentations were made, constituting the third largest session at the conference after the classical sessions on soil erosion and soil organic matter.
I organised an EU side-event on biochar at the COP15 in Copenhagen, Denmark. It was a well-attended event, chaired by Luca Montanarella (JRC) with presentations by Johannes Lehmann (Cornell University), Saran Sohi (University of Edinburgh), and me. I presented on biochar effects on soils, including important knowledge gaps (see presentation here), and published a major JRC (European Commission) report on biochar.
Networks & Committees
I joined the International Biochar Initiative's new and independent Scientific Committee whose mission is to "critically assess and synthesize the scientific literature regarding the interactions between biochar and soils, the wider environment, and human health, and to provide an interface between science and the general public where the science is explained in a transparent and balanced way using broadly accessible language". The Science Committee is made up of 16 scientists from across the world.
COST Action TD1107 ‘Biochar as option for sustainable resource management’. I was the national representative of Portugal for this COST Action, which connected scattered European Biochar research to enable quick implementation of intelligent material flow management systems, to maintain or improve soil quality while efficiently sequestering carbon in the long-term. The Action aimed at coordinating European Biochar research, bringing together researchers, stakeholders and potential users from EU and candidate countries.
I was the leader of WG2 'Land Use Management', which compared Biochar's effects along Trans-European climatic gradients based on meta data.
Launch of the Biochar Investigation Network of Portugal (BINP). The mission of BINP is to bring together people involved in biochar research and production in Portugal, to facilitate collaborations by providing a platform for networking, to disseminate national and international biochar news, funding opportunities, conferences and workshops.
Postdoctoral research experience
01-09-2016 - 31-08-2019 University of Aveiro, Portugal
Postdoctoral research fellow funded by the FCT (SFRH/BPD/107913/2015) on the topic: Increasing Soil Resilience with Waste-derived Biochar – adapting Portuguese Soils to Climate Change (SoilRes).
01-06-2011 - 31-08-2016 University of Aveiro, Portugal
Postdoctoral research fellow funded by the FCT (SFRH/BPD/74108/2010) on the topic: Soil Erosion and Production After Biochar Application. Achievements included: the first biochar and crop yield meta-analysis; installation of the first biochar vineyard field experiment in Portugal; start and completion of the first biochar project funded by the FCT (EXPLOCHAR); the first experimental study on biochar and soil surface albedo; the first biochar wind erosion study; two book chapters in the 'biochar bible'; an authored section in the Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas; Steering Committee membership and working group leader (group 2 'land use management') for the biochar COST action TD1107; biochar soil erosion study in collaboration with the Volcani Centre in Israel.
15-10-2008 - 15-05-2011 European Commission, JRC Italy
Postdoctoral researcher (grantholder) at the Institute of Environment and Sustainability of the Joint Research Centre (European Commission), Ispra, Italy. Responsible for the JRC deliverables in the iSOIL project (Interactions between soil related sciences - linking geophysics, soil science and digital soil mapping; FP7; €3.4 million). Initiated a major critical scientific review of biochar application to soils, leading and managing an interdisciplinary team of researchers to produce a peer-reviewed JRC Scientific & Technical Report, including a quantitative meta-analysis between biochar and crop production. This report has received international recognition leading to a role as one of the global experts on biochar, which is reflected in invited roles at a number of major biochar meetings.
01-12-2007 - 14-10-2008 Queen Mary, University of London UK
Postdoctoral researcher on NERC-funded project ‘The effects of fire on peatland carbon stocks and dynamics'. Duties include: installation and maintenance of long term monitoring plots at remote field site in SW Scotland (hydrological, meteorological, vegetation, microbial, chemical and physical soil properties); day to day project management; remote sensing at micro and meso scale; FTIR analyses; molecular biology analyses; microbial activity analyses; Black Carbon analyses.
15-02-2006 - 30-11-2007 Cranfield University UK
Postdoctoral researcher on the ENVASSO project (€2 million; EC contract no. 022713-STP), which aimed to harmonise EU soil monitoring. Duties included: delivering expertise to project consortium on the soil threats ‘soil erosion', ‘soil organic matter decline', and desertification as well as designing and writing a ‘glossary of key terms for soil monitoring' (cooperating with ISO), running workshops for the UK soil policy arena, and reviewing project reports.
Metrics & links
Key words: soil erosion; soil organic matter; biochar; soil hydrology; meta-analysis; soil-based ecosystem services
Total citations: 3,584 (Google Scholar Citations); 1,568 (SCOPUS); 2,492 (Researchgate)
Citation per article (average) in ISI journals: 56 (SCOPUS)
H-index: 22 (Google Scholar Citations); 17 (ResearchGate); 13 (Scopus)
Citation network: > 40 countries; all continents except Antarctica (see image)
Links: LinkedIn; Personal website; ResearcherID; EC JRC; BINP; ResearchGate; ORCID
Reviewing & Editing Activities
I have reviewed manuscripts for the journals: Nature Geoscience, GLobal Change Biology, Catena, Geoderma, Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment, Plant & Soil, Soil Science Society of America Journal, European Journal of Soil Science, Soil Use & Management, Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, Environmental Science & Technology, Fuel, Journal of Agricultural Biotechnology and Sustainable Development, Carbon, Carbon Management, Environmental Research Letters, the Irish Geographical Society, Journal of Environmental Management, Soil Biology & Biochemistry, Science of the Total Environment, Journal of Environmental Quality.
I have reviewed project proposals for the Research Foundation of Flanders (FWO), the Czech Republic EEA call ‘Norway Grants (Norwegian Financial mechanism 2009-2014)', the Polish national science centre, and the French Environment and Energy Agency (ADEME): Nouvel appel à projets R&D: APR REACCTIF REcherche sur l'Atténuation du Changement ClimaTique par l'agrIculture et la Forêt.
I evaluated a PhD proposal submitted to Expeer, a major European Infrastructure project (2010-2014) in the field of Ecosystem Research.
- I am one of the guest editors of the upcoming special issue in Agronomy titled "The Biochar Loading Capacity - the Soil is the Limit". Expected in summer 2018.
- I was the leading Guest Editor for a special issue of the European Journal of Soil Science (Volume 65, Issue 1, Pages 1–195): "Biochar in soils: new insights". "The sixteen accepted manuscripts submitted from Africa, Asia, Australia & New Zealand, Europe, North and Latin America and the Middle East, describe the latest findings on how biochar affects auto- and heterotrophic soil respiration, nutrient dynamics, sorption of soil contaminants, water dynamics, redox reactions, and rhizosphere interactions."
- I was a guest editor for a special issue of the Journal of Soils and Sediments (Volume 15, Issue 4, Pages 745-1038): "Impact of Natural and Anthropogenic Pyrogenic Carbon in Soils and Sediments", featuring 27 articles from across the world.
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