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Lukas Van Zwieten

Adjunct Professor, Southern Cross University

Dr Lukas Van Zwieten obtained a PhD from the University of Sydney in 1995 and is Director of Wollongbar Primary Industries Institute (NSW Department of Primary Industries). Dr Van Zwieten holds the positions of Adjunct Professor at Southern Cross University (South Cross Plant Science) and Adjunct Professor at Griffith University (Australian Rivers Institute). He is a Program Leader (Integrated Solutions) for the Soils Cooperative Research Centre. His research focuses on soil processes including C and N cycling, and how these relate to greenhouse gas emissions, contaminants in the soil environment, and unravelling microbial and chemical processes in the rhizosphere. He is a 2018 and 2019 Highly Cited Researcher (Web of Science). He has over 130 journal papers, 12,700 cites (Scholar) and H-index of 46. He received the 2016 NSW Premiers Award “Public Sector Science and Engineering,” is a Churchill Fellow, and a member of Soil Science Australia.


  • 2015–2020
    Senior Principal Research Scientist, NSW DPI
  • 2009–2015
    Principal Research Scientist, NSW DPI
  • 2002–2009
    Senior Research Scientist, NSW DPI
  • 1997–2002
    Research Scientist, NSW DPI
  • 2001–2001
    Visiting Fellow, Purdue University


  • 1995 
    The University of Sydney, PhD
  • 1990 
    The University of Sydney, BScAgr (Hons)

Professional Memberships

  • Soil Science Australia


Churchill Fellow