ARC Future Fellowship awarded to Dr Feike Dijkstra

20 November 2010

Newly appointed Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Dr Feike Dijkstra has been awarded an ARC Future Fellowship. There is much uncertainty about how drought caused by global warming will affect agricultural sustainability in Australia and his project entitled "Drought Effects on soil carbon and nitrogen cycling mediated by rhizosphere processes", will provide new knowledge about soil-plant interactions affecting soil carbon and nutrient cycling and will make predictions about long-term soil carbon storage and agricultural productivity in response to drought.

Dr Dijkstra is thrilled with the Future Fellowship that was awarded to him by the Australian Research Council. As a Future Fellow he will work on the effects of drought on soil carbon and nutrient in wheat cropping systems with a particular focus on plant-soil interactions. This research is important for a better understanding of drought impacts on long-term soil carbon storage and on the sustainability of agroecosystems. This award will give a boost to his research and will also give him the opportunity to help build on the research strengths of the Faculty.He started working as a senior Lecturer in Biogeochemistry for the Faculty in August of this year.He feels very fortunate to be part of a very strong and dynamic group of people that excel in research and teaching.

Contact: Dr Feike Dijkstra

Phone: 02 8627 1059

Email: 5431073a11630d281c2f1a33345329230c300a244b6d000f18470516