Professor Louis Schipper
Qualifications: BSc MSc PhD Waikato, FNZSSS, FSSSA
Personal Website: http://waiber.com
Louis is an environmental biogeochemist with research interests in long-term changes in soil organic matter, nitrogen cycling with a focus on denitrification and nitrogen immobilisation, impacts of land use change, carbon fluxes and nutrient cycling in agricultural and indigenous ecosystems, including wetlands and soil microbial ecology. He teaches soil science at undergraduate and graduate levels.
Opportunities for postgraduate study
Louis is interested in a range of PhD and MSc projects examining cycling of carbon and nitrogen in soil and waterways. Major foci are to determine approaches that (i) decrease nitrogen entering waterways by manipulating denitrification, and (ii) sequester carbon dioxide from the atmosphere into soil carbon below grazed pastures. A final area of interest is to understand how temperature controls soil biogeochemical processes using macro-molecular rate theory.
Further details can be found at my website.
We have recently completed a special issue of the journal "Ecological Engineering" focusing on managing denitrification in human dominated ecosystems. The National Science Foundation in the United States put out a press release describing the issue.
Soil Carbon and Nitrogen
Schipper, L., & Smith, P. (2017). Deforestation may increase soil carbon but it is unlikely to be continuous or unlimited. Global Change Biology, 2 pages. doi:10.1111/gcb.13999
Santoso, A. B., Hamilton, D. P., Hendy, C. H., & Schipper, L. A. (2017). Carbon dioxide emissions and sediment organic carbon burials across a gradient of trophic state in eleven New Zealand lakes. Hydrobiologia, 14 pages. doi:10.1007/s10750-017-3158-7 Open Access version: https://hdl.handle.net/10289/11024
Robinson, J. M., O Neill, T. A., Ryburn, J., Liang, L. L., Arcus, V. L., & Schipper, L. A. (2017). Rapid laboratory measurement of the temperature dependence of soil respiration and application to changes in three diverse soils through the year. Biogeochemistry, 133(1), 101-112. doi:10.1007/s10533-017-0314-0
Chabbi, A., Lehmann, J., Ciais, P., Loescher, H. W., Cotrufo, M. F., Don, A., . . . Rumpel, C. (2017). Aligning agriculture and climate policy. Nature Climate Change, 7(5), 307-309. doi:10.1038/nclimate3286
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