Over the past 14 years, my professional commitments in both empirical research and science in support of policy have allowed me to develop complementary understanding and competences. My focus on soil organic matter (SOM) during my PhD and five postdoctoral positions has developed an in-depth understanding of how SOM contributes to soil-based ecosystem services, how SOM is managed traditionally as well as innovative ways of managing SOM, and what information is needed from a policy-development perspective. I have a proven track record in systematizing research fields of various kinds into new concepts, thereby opening up new research fields for empirical evaluation. For instance, I modified the concept of tolerable soil erosion by integrating the concept of soil functions, as well as the concept of dust deposition into soil formation rates. The article in Earth-Science Reviews has now been cited 355 times. Another example is my 2010 biochar review, published as a EC JRC Scientific & Technical Report (cited 1,105 times in Google Scholar), where I led a team of four postdoctoral researchers into broadening the research field of biochar application with positive, negative and unknown effects, e.g. soil ecotoxicology, soil albedo, plant-available water, soil water repellency, water erosion, wind erosion, etc. My prior and ongoing research has given me mastery over a variety of methods of data collection and analysis, at a variety of scales. In my MSc research, I collected soil water repellency and infiltration data for fertile island vegetation in semi-arid SE Spain (Verheijen and Cammeraat, 2007), cited 40 times. In my PhD research, I applied generalized regression models on a national soil database (Verheijen et al., 2005), cited 29 times). In my first postdoc position, I used representativeness analyses to develop an EU-wide soil monitoring system (Morvan et al., 2008), cited 162 times. In my correspondence in Nature (Verheijen et al., 2015), I contributed to the scientific discourse on international soil policy needs by highlighting the intercontinental transport of soil. In my postdoc position at the EC JRC, I learned and applied meta-analysis techniques in the first global study of biochar and crop yields (Jeffery et al., 2011; cited 1,109 times). In my third and fourth postdoc, I combined laboratory spectroscopic analysis with a first order global energy balance model to assess implications for climate change mitigation of biochar¿albedo relationships (verheijen et al., 2013; cited 21 times). My fourth and fifth postdocs (in Portugal) allowed integration of laboratory scale rainfall simulations (Abrol et al., 2015), ecotoxicology (e.g. Prodana et al. (2019) and field scale (MASCC project) - while continuing continental and global scale research (Verheijen et al., 2017; Jeffery et al., 2017). Currently, I am a Research Scientist funded by the National Science Foundation of Portugal, and an integrated member of CESAM at the University of Aveiro. I have focused my research on SOIL ORGANIC MATTER, how to manage it, and how it interacts with the wider environment. I focus on how SOIL MANAGEMENT can improve ECOSYSTEM SERVICES, in particular elucidating positive as well as negative effects of biochar in soil, and identifying trade-offs in order to build a SUSTAINABLE BIOCHAR system. My work has been cited 2,750 times in SCOPUS, and 6,169 times in Scholar.

Personal identification

Full name
Frank Verheijen

Citation names

  • Verheijen, Frank
  • Verheijen, F.G.A.
  • Frank G.A. Verheijen
  • Frank Verheijen

Author identifiers

Ciência ID
Google Scholar ID
Researcher Id
Scopus Author Id

Email addresses

  • verheijen@ua.pt (Professional)


Mobile phone
  • 965074445 (Personal)


  • Campus Universitário de Santiago, 3810-193, AVEIRO, AVEIRO, Portugal (Professional)


  • https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=KgWniwEAAAAJ&view_op=list_works (Scholar)
  • http://www.cesam.ua.pt/index.php?tabela=pessoaldetail&menu=82&user=623 (Professional)
  • https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6741-4249 (Professional)

Knowledge fields

  • Agrarian Sciences - Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries - Soil Science
  • Engineering and Technology - Environmental Engineering - Environmental Engineering
  • Natural sciences - Earth and Environmental Sciences - Physical Geography
  • Social Sciences - Other Social Sciences - Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary
  • Natural sciences - Earth and Environmental Sciences - Hydrology
  • Agrarian Sciences - Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries - Agronomy
  • Natural sciences - Biological Sciences - Biology


Language Speaking Reading Writing Listening Peer-review
Dutch (Mother tongue)
English Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2)
Spanish; Castilian Beginner (A1) Upper intermediate (B2) Beginner (A1) Beginner (A1) Elementary (A2)
French Beginner (A1) Intermediate (B1) Beginner (A1) Beginner (A1) Beginner (A1)
Portuguese Beginner (A1) Advanced (C1) Beginner (A1) Upper intermediate (B2) Upper intermediate (B2)
German Intermediate (B1) Advanced (C1) Intermediate (B1) Upper intermediate (B2) Upper intermediate (B2)
Degree Classification
Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)
Cranfield University School of Applied Sciences, United Kingdom
"On-farm benefits from soil organic matter in England and Wales" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
MSc (Mestrado)
Universiteit van Amsterdam, Netherlands
"The spatial distribution of soil water repellency and its relation to plant species, soil moisture content and soil moisture redistribution - in semi-arid southeast Spain" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
Judicium: ´Met veel genoegen'


2019/01/31 - 2022/01/31 Contracted Researcher (Research)
Universidade de Aveiro Centro de Estudos do Ambiente e do Mar, Portugal
2016/09/01 - 2019/01/30 Postdoc (Research)
Universidade de Aveiro Centro de Estudos do Ambiente e do Mar, Portugal
2011/06/01 - 2016/08/31 Postdoc (Research)
Universidade de Aveiro Centro de Estudos do Ambiente e do Mar, Portugal
2008/10/15 - 2011/05/15 Contracted Researcher (Research)
European Commission Joint Research Centre Ispra Sector, Italy
2007/12/03 - 2008/10/01 Postdoc (Research)
Queen Mary University of London - Mile End Campus, United Kingdom
2006/02/15 - 2007/11/30 Postdoc (Research)
Cranfield University School of Applied Sciences, United Kingdom

Positions / Appointments

2020/04/01 - 2026/03/31 Assistant Researcher (SOILCOMBAT; CEECIND/02509/2018)
FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, within the PT2020 Partnership Agreement and Compete 2020 co-funded by the FEDER - Fundo Europeu de Desenvolvimento Regional, Portugal


Designation Funders
2020 - 2024/10/31 PhD grant of Behrouz Gholamahmadi: Engineering soils with biochar to maximise soil water and combat desertification (WATERDESERT)
Universidade de Aveiro Centro de Estudos do Ambiente e do Mar, Portugal
Associação para a Inovação e Desenvolvimento da FCT
2018 - 2021/06 ASHMOB - Wildfire ASH MOBilization by wind and water erosion: a combined measurementmodeling approach for prediction of post-fire ash mobilization risk
FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, within the PT2020 Partnership Agreement and Compete 2020 co-funded by the FEDER - Fundo Europeu de Desenvolvimento Regional
2016 - 2019/08 SoilRes: Increasing Soil Resilience with Waste-derived Biochar – adapting Portuguese Soils to Climate Change
Fundação para a Ciencia e Tecnologia
2016 - 2019/02 FIRE-C-BUDs - Indirect effects of wildfire (severity) on carbon fluxes and budgets
Provided by PTCRIS: 142774
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P.
2013 - 2018/10 RECARE - Preventing and Remediating degradation of soils in Europe through Land Care
EU-FP7 ENV.2013.6.2-4
European Commission
2011 - 2016/08 SEPABA - Soil Erosion and Production After Biochar Application
Fundação para a Ciencia e Tecnologia
2015 - 2015/02 Interactions between biochar particle size and soil hydraulic conductivity - effects and mechanisms
COST Action TD1107
2014 - 2015/02 Exploring mechanisms of reducing drought and disease stress in eucalypts by applying biochar to soils
Provided by PTCRIS: 133571
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P. & COMPETE 2020
2014 - 2014/02 Erosion and Pesticide Leaching of Biochar-Amended Soils using a Rotating Disc Type Rainfall Simulator
COST Action TD1107
Provided by PTCRIS: 99420
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P.
2013 - 2013/06 The effects of biochar concentration and soil type on erosion and infiltration
COST Action TD1107
2010 - 2010/01 ESOMFIRE – Erosion of Soil Organic Matter following wildFIRE
Fundação para a Ciencia e Tecnologia


Designation Funders
2020 - 2026/06/30 Engineering the sponge function of Portuguese SOILs to sustainably COMBAT desertification (SOILCOMBAT)
Associação para a Inovação e Desenvolvimento da FCT, Portugal
Associação para a Inovação e Desenvolvimento da FCT
2021 - 2024/05/31 Engineering the sponge function of Portuguese pasture soils to sustainably combat desertification
Principal investigator
Universidade de Aveiro Centro de Estudos do Ambiente e do Mar, Portugal
Associação para a Inovação e Desenvolvimento da FCT


  1. Verheijen, F.G.A.. Biochar for Environmental Management: Science, Technology and Implementation. London, United Kingdom: Taylor & Francis. 2015.
    Published • 10.4324/9780203762264
  2. Jones, A.; Barcelo, S.; Bouraoui, F.; Bosco, C.; Dewitte, O.; Gardi, G.; Hervás, J.; et al. The state of soil in Europe: a contribution to the European State of the Environment Report 2010. 2011.
  3. Verheijen, F.G.A.; Jeffery, S.; Bastos, A.C.; van der Velde, M.; Diafas, I.. Biochar Application to Soils - A Critical Scientific Review of Effects on Soil Properties, Processes and Functions. 2010.
  4. De Forges, A.R.; Verheijen, F.; Arrouays, D.; Blanchart, E.; Bernoux, M.. Soil in comic strips and cartoons. 2009.
  5. Jones, R.J.A.; Verheijen, F.G.A.; Reuter, H.I.; Jones, A.R.. Environmental Assessment of Soil for Monitoring Volume V: Procedures & Protocols. 2008.
  6. Arrouays, D.; Morvan, X.; Saby, N.P.A.; Richer de Forges, A.; Le Bas, C.; Bellamy, P.H.; Berényi Üveges, J.; et al. Environmental Assessment of Soil for Monitoring: Volume IIa Inventory & Monitoring. 2008.
  7. Huber, S.; Prokop, G.; Arrouays, D.; Banko, G.; Bispo, A.; Jones, R.J.A.; Kibblewhite, M.G.; et al. Environmental Assessment of Soil for MonitoringVolume I: Indicators & Criteria. 2008.
  8. Kibblewhite, M.; Rubio, J-L.; Kosmas, C.; Jones, R.; Arrouays, D.; Huber, S.; Verheijen, F..  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). Madrid, Spain. 2007.
Book chapter
  1. Verheijen, F.G.A.; Teixeira, W.C.; Marques, J.D.O.. "Water holding capacity of biochar and biochar-amended soils". In Biochar-background, applications and challenges. London, United Kingdom: World Scientific Publishing Europe, 2020.
    In press
  2. Verheijen, Frank. "Biochar and certification". 2019.
  3. Verheijen, Frank. "Fire". Belgium, 2016.
  4. Verheijen, F.G.A.. "Bioweathering". edited by Jeffery, S.; Gardi, C.; Jones, A.; Montanarella, L.; Marmo, L.; Miko, L.; Ritz, K.; et al, 38-39. 2010.
  5. Richter de Forges, A.; Verheijen, F.G.A.; Arrouays, D.; Blanchart, E.; Bernoux, M.. " Soil in comic strips and cartoons". edited by Landa, Edward R.; Feller, Christian, 439-452. 2009.
Journal article
  1. Prats, S.A.; Merino, A.; Gonzalez-Perez, J.A.; Verheijen, F.G.A.; De la Rosa, J.M.. "Can straw-biochar mulching mitigate erosion of wildfire-degraded soils under extreme rainfall?". Science of The Total Environment 761 (2021): 143219. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.143219.
    Published • 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.143219
  2. Jeffery, S.; Verheijen, F.G.A. "A new soil health policy paradigm: Pay for practice not performance!". Environmental Science & Policy 112 (2020): 371-373. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2020.07.006.
  3. Martinho A.S. Martins; Frank G.A. Verheijen; Maruxa C. Malvar; Dalila Serpa; Oscar González-Pelayo; Jan J. Keizer. "Do wildfire and slope aspect affect soil water repellency in eucalypt plantations? – A two-year high resolution temporal dataset". CATENA 189 (2020): 104471-104471. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.catena.2020.104471.
  4. Verheijen, F.G.A.; Frodella, W; Lazzeri, G.; Moretti, S.; Keizer, J.. "Applying Infrared Thermography to Soil Surface Temperature Monitoring: Case Study of a High-Resolution 48 h Survey in a Vineyard (Anadia, Portugal)". Sensors 20 9(2444) (2020): 1-19. https://www.mdpi.com/1424-8220/20/9/2444.
  5. Verheijen, Frank. "Influence of biochar particle size on biota responses". Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety (2019): https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoenv.2019.02.044.
  6. Verheijen, Frank. "Biomonitoring tools for biochar and biochar-compost amended soil under viticulture: Looking at exposure and effects". Applied Soil Ecology (2019):
  7. Verheijen, Frank. "The influence of biochar particle size and concentration on bulk density and maximum water holding capacity of sandy vs sandy loam soil in a column experiment". Geoderma 347 (2019): 194-202. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016706118315702.
  8. Jeffery, S.; Verheijen, F. G. A.; Kammann, C.; Abalos, D.. "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 (2017): 253-253. https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-84994761706&doi=10.1016%2fj.soilbio.2016.09.002&partnerID=40&md5=535215bcfb3f7b1afc5dca6b2eda3693.
  9. Meyer, S.; Genesio, L.; Vogel, I.; Schmidt, H.-P.; Soja, G.; Someus, E.; Shackley, S.; Verheijen, F.G.A.; Glaser, B.. "Biochar standardization and legislation harmonization". Journal of Environmental Engineering and Landscape Management 25 2 (2017): 175-191. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-85010651487&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  10. Sakrabani, R.; Kern, J.; Mankasingh, U.; Zavalloni, C.; Zanchettin, G.; Bastos, A.C.; Tammeorg, P.; et al. "Representativeness of European biochar research: part II–pot and laboratory studies". Journal of Environmental Engineering and Landscape Management 25 2 (2017): 152-159. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-85021759930&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  11. Verheijen, F.G.A.; Mankasingh, U.; Penizek, V.; Panzacchi, P.; Glaser, B.; Jeffery, S.; Bastos, A.C.; et al. "Representativeness of European biochar research: part I–field experiments". Journal of Environmental Engineering and Landscape Management 25 2 (2017): 140-151. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-85015804117&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  12. Jeffery, S.; Abalos, D.; Prodana, M.; Bastos, A.C.; Van Groenigen, J.W.; Hungate, B.A.; Verheijen, F.. "Biochar boosts tropical but not temperate crop yields". Environmental Research Letters 12 5 (2017): http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-85019945904&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  13. Amaro, A.; Bastos, A. C.; Santos, M. J. G.; Verheijen, F. G. A.; Soares, Amvm; Loureiro, S.. "Ecotoxicological assessment of a biochar-based organic N-fertilizer in small-scale terrestrial ecosystem models (STEMs)". Applied Soil Ecology 108 (2016): 361-370. http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcAuth=ORCID&SrcApp=OrcidOrg&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=WOS_CPL&KeyUT=WOS:000386643800040&KeyUID=WOS:000386643800040.
  14. Tammeorg, P.; Bastos, A. C.; Jeffery, S.; Rees, F.; Kern, J.; Graber, E. R.; Ventura, M.; et al. "Biochars in soils: towards the required level of scientific understanding". Journal of Environmental Engineering and Landscape Management (2016): 1-16. https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85006141663&doi=10.3846%2f16486897.2016.1239582&partnerID=40&md5=22bb0d16a94fb713afab4b3402dddc19.
  15. Abrol, V.; Ben-Hur, M.; Verheijen, F.G.A.; Keizer, J.J.; Martins, M.A.S.; Tenaw, H.; Tchehansky, L.; Graber, E.R.. "Biochar effects on soil water infiltration and erosion under seal formation conditions: rainfall simulation experiment". Journal of Soils and Sediments (2016): 1-11. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84976629073&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  16. Jeffery, S.; Verheijen, F.G.A.; Kammann, C.; Abalos, D.. "Biochar effects on methane emissions from soils: A meta-analysis". Soil Biology and Biochemistry 101 (2016): 251-258. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84981200547&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  17. Bachmann, H. J.; Bucheli, T. D.; Dieguez-Alonso, A.; Fabbri, D.; Knicker, H.; Schmidt, H. P.; Ulbricht, A.; et al. "Toward the Standardization of Biochar Analysis: The COST Action TD1107 Interlaboratory Comparison". Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 64 2 (2016): 513-527. http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcAuth=ORCID&SrcApp=OrcidOrg&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=WOS_CPL&KeyUT=WOS:000368562600017&KeyUID=WOS:000368562600017.
  18. Silva, F.C.; Borrego, C.; Keizer, J.J.; Amorim, J.H.; Verheijen, F.G.A.. "Effects of moisture content on wind erosion thresholds of biochar". Atmospheric Environment 123 (2015): 121-128. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84946401489&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  19. Verheijen, F.G.A.; Bastos, A.C.; Jeffery, S.. "International policy: Bury the idea that soils are a local issue". Nature 528 7583 (2015): http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84951336168&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  20. De la Rosa, J.M.; Verheijen, F.G.A.; Knicker, H.. "Natural and anthropogenic pyrogenic carbon in Mediterranean ecosystems: the need for interdisciplinary learning and collaboration". Journal of Soils and Sediments 15 4 (2015): 745-747. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84925532821&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  21. Jeffery, S.; Verheijen, F.G.A.; Bastos, A.C.; Van Der Velde, M.. "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". GCB Bioenergy 6 3 (2014): 176-179. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84898413607&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  22. Verheijen, F.G.A.; Graber, E.R.; Ameloot, N.; Bastos, A.C.; Sohi, S.; Knicker, H.. "Biochars in soils: New insights and emerging research needs". European Journal of Soil Science 65 1 (2014): 22-27. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84891933178&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  23. Verheijen, F.G.A.; Jeffery, S.; Van Der Velde, M.; Penížek, V.; Beland, M.; Bastos, A.C.; Keizer, J.J.. "Reductions in soil surface albedo as a function of biochar application rate: Implications for global radiative forcing". Environmental Research Letters 8 4 (2013): http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84889008484&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  24. Santos, J.M.; Verheijen, F.G.A.; Tavares Wahren, F.; Wahren, A.; Feger, K.-H.; Bernard-Jannin, L.; Rial-Rivas, M.E.; Keizer, J.J.; Nunes, J.P.. "Soil water repellency dynamics in pine and eucalypt plantations in portugal - a high-resolution time series". Land Degradation and Development (2013): http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84884307387&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  25. Ameloot, N.; Graber, E.R.; Verheijen, F.G.A.; De Neve, S.. "Interactions between biochar stability and soil organisms: Review and research needs". European Journal of Soil Science 64 4 (2013): 379-390. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84880602077&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  26. Verheijen, F.G.A.; Montanarella, L.; Bastos, A.C.. "Sustainability, certification, and regulation of biochar". Pesquisa Agropecuaria Brasileira 47 5 (2012): 649-653. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84865306766&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  27. Verheijen, F.G.A.; Jones, R.J.A.; Rickson, R.J.; Smith, C.J.; Bastos, A.C.; Nunes, J.P.; Keizer, J.J.. "Concise overview of European soil erosion research and evaluation". Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica Section B: Soil and Plant Science 62 SUPPL. 2 (2012): 185-190. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84869169802&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  28. van der Velde, Marijn; See, Linda; Fritz, Steffen; Verheijen, Frank G. A.; Khabarov, Nikolay; Obersteiner, Michael. "Generating crop calendars with Web search data". Environmental Research Letters 7 2 (2012):
  29. Jeffery, S.; Verheijen, F.G.A.; van der Velde, M.; Bastos, A.C.. "A quantitative review of the effects of biochar application to soils on crop productivity using meta-analysis". Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 144 1 (2011): 175-187. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-80053174527&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  30. Verheijen, F. G. A.; Jones, R. J. A.; Rickson, R. J.; Smith, C. J.. "Tolerable versus actual soil erosion rates in Europe". Earth-Science Reviews 94 1-4 (2009): 23-38.
  31. Saby, N. P. A.; Bellamy, P. H.; Morvan, X.; Arrouays, D.; Jones, R. J. A.; Verheijen, F. G. A.; Kibblewhite, M. G.; et al. "Will European soil-monitoring networks be able to detect changes in topsoil organic carbon content?". Global Change Biology 14 10 (2008): 2432-2442.
  32. 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.. "Soil monitoring in Europe: A review of existing systems and requirements for harmonisation". Science of the Total Environment 391 1 (2008): 1-12.
  33. Verheijen, F. G. A.; Cammeraat, L. H.. "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 (2007): 2310-2316.
  34. Verheijen, FGA; Bellamy, PH; Kibblewhite, MG; Gaunt, JL. "Organic carbon ranges in arable soils of England and Wales". Soil Use and Management 21 1 (2005): 2-9.


Thesis Title
Degree Subject (Type)
Institution / Organization
2015 - 2018 Integrative tools to assess effects of biochar to soil biota
Biologia (PhD)
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
2014 - 2018 Integrative tools to assess effects of biochar to soil biota
Co-supervisor of Marija Prodana
Applied Biology (PhD)
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
2015 - 2015 Interactions between biochar particle size and soil hydraulic conductivity - effects and mechanisms
Supervisor of Anna Zhuravel
Short Term Scientific Mission COST Action TD1107 (Other)
Agricultural Research Organization Volcani Center, Israel

Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
2014 - 2014 The Effects of Biochar Concentration in Soil on Erosion and Infiltration
Supervisor of Martinho Martins
Short Term Scientific Mission (COST Action TD1107) (Other)
Agricultural Research Organization Volcani Center, Israel

Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
2013 - 2014 Wind Erosion of Biochar-Amended Soil – A Wind Tunnel Experiment
Co-supervisor of Henrique Balona de Sá Oliveira
Environmental Engineering (Master)
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
2013 - 2014 Biochar amendment as a strategy to reduce hydric stress in eucalypt seedlings
Co-supervisor of Sara Raquel Amaral Mesquita
Applied Biology (Master)
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal

Event organisation

Event name
Type of event (Role)
Institution / Organization
2014/06/02 - 2014/06/04 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. (2014/06/02 - 2014/06/04)
Meeting (Co-organisor)
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal

COST Action TD1107, Belgium
2012/07/02 - 2012/07/06 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. (2012 - 2012)
Symposium (President of the Organising Committee)
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
2009/12/07 - 2009/12/18 I organised an EU side-event on biochar at the COP15 in Copenhagen, Denmark, titled. Biochar Application to Soils – (heterogeneity)2. 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. (2012/12/07 - 2012/12/07)
Symposium (President of the Organising Committee)
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Germany

Jury of academic degree

Candidate name (Type of degree)
Institution / Organization
2017/10/03 The aim of this thesis was to improve understanding of the role of organic inputs and soil organic matter (SOM) for crop production in contemporary arable farming in Europe. For this purpose, long-term experiments were analysed on the additional yield effect of organic inputs and savings in mineral fertiliser. In addition, a farm survey was conducted to find drivers and barriers for the use of organic inputs and to assess if arable farmers in Europe perceive a deficiency of SOM.
(Thesis) Arguer
Renske Hijbeek (PhD)
Wageningen Universiteit, Netherlands

Committee member

Activity description
Institution / Organization
2017 - 2019/12/31 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.
International Biochar Initiative, United States
2012/03 - 2017/02 COST Action TD1107 ‘Biochar as option for sustainable resource management’. I was the national representative of Portugal,and WG2 'land-use management' leader. The Action aimed to connect 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.
COST Action TD1107, Belgium

Interview (newspaper / magazine)

Activity description Newspaper / Forum
2013/06/22 The Expresso newspaper is the leading Portuguese newspaper regarding scientific issues (also called a "reference" newspaper). In 2013 they published a full-width article resulting from their reporter Virgilio Azevedo interviewing me and my colleague Ana Catarina Bastos about our biochar work. The piece is titled "O Milagro da Terra Preta do Indio" and details our experimental work to improve infiltration and water storage in vineyard soils, while storing carbon, by incorporating biochar into the soil. Expresso

Interview (tv / radio show)

Program Topic
2016 - 2016 SIG Noticias Seleção Agricultura. Programa 52 - Biochar: Tesouro em terra preta. Biochar research at applEE|DBio in collaboration with the Earth Surface Processes Team |DAO and biochar producers Ibero Massa Florestal Lda (Oliveira de Azeméis, Porto) receives coverage on national TV in Seleção Agricultura. Agriculture news program on national TV
2013/12 - 2013/12 Biosfera. On-going field experiment involving biochar application in vineyards, receives coverage in the science magazine Biosfera on national TV (Dec 2013). applEE|DBio in collaboration with the ESP Team|DAO and the viticulture experimental station of Bairrada|Regional Ministry of the Agriculture and Fischeries (DRAPC). Science magazine
2013/08 - 2013/08 National broadcaster RTP: Telejornal; Portugal em Direto; Bom Dia Portugal. On-going field experiment involving biochar application in vineyards receives coverage on national News programs Telejornal, Portugal em Direto e no Bom Dia Portugal (Aug. 2013). applEE|DBio in collaboration with the ESP Team|DAO and the viticulture experimental station of Bairrada - Regional Ministry of Agriculture and Fischeries(DRAPC). National news TV shows


2017 Research Day award "in recognition of the significance and quality of the research developed at the UA".
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
2008 NERC funding
Natural Environment Research Council, United Kingdom
2004 scholarship for a summer school in the ESFs Terrestrial Carbon Cycle programme
2000 scholarship for a work placement at Proyecto Páramo, Ecuador
2000 scholarship for a work placement at Proyecto Páramo, Ecuador

Other distinction

2017 Science Committee member
Wageningen Universiteit, Netherlands
2016 Researcher of the Month for April 2016: https://www.ua.pt/research/page/20986
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
2012 Fourth most downloaded article for Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment
Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment, Netherlands
2009 'Best reviewer' for CATENA
CATENA, Netherlands