Personal details

Name
Dr Clemens Scheer
Position(s)
Adjunct Associate Professor
Institute for Future Environments,
IFE Research Integration Theme,
IFE Managing for Resilient Landscapes
Discipline *
Agriculture, Land and Farm Management, Environmental Science and Management, Soil Sciences
Phone
+61 7 3138 7636
Fax
+61 7 3138 4438
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
ORCID iD
Qualifications

PhD (University of Bonn)

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Dr Clemens Scheer is a senior research scientist and group leader at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany.  His expertise lies in the impact of land-use change and agricultural management on the biosphere-atmosphere exchange of environmental important trace gases (N2O, CH4, CO2) and the identification and characterization of microbial processes involved in the consumption and production of C- and N- trace gases in soils. From 2009-2019 he worked as researcher at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. During this time, he was principal investigator of several projects in the Australian Nitrous Oxide Research Program and investigated soil denitrification losses and nitrogen use efficiency for different industries. His current research is focusing on the application of biogeochemical models to improve greenhouse gas inventories from agricultural soils and develop region specific climate-smart management strategies for a sustainable management of global agricultural ecosystems.

Currently, he is a Make Our Planet Great Again (MOPGA-GRI) laureate fellow at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research, Atmospheric Environmental Research (IMK-IFU).

Research interest

  • ·         Reactive nitrogen requirements for global food security
  • ·         Biogeochemistry of plant-soil-microbe interactions in agro-ecosystems
  • ·         Soil microbial C and N turnover andtrace gas exchange in agro-ecosystems
  • ·         Process oriented modelling of carbon/ nitrogen turnover in terrestrial ecosystems
  • ·         Stable Isotopes in Environmental Sciences

 

Grants

Received over $5,000,000 in research funding since 2009

Selected projects

 Can advances in mid-term weather forecasts reduce emissions from nitrogen fertiliser?

 Fund Source: Carbon Farming Futures – Filling the Research Gap, Dairy Australia Limited, Managing Climate Variability R & D Program
Chief Investigators: Scheer, C., Henry, B., Hayman, P.

Partner organisations: South Australian Research & Development Institute, Bureau of Meteorology, Charles Sturt University

Amount: $762,144
Period: 2013-2016

Advanced process level understanding of factors controlling gaseous nitrogen partitioning to reduce nitrous oxide losses from Australian agricultural soils

Fund Source: Carbon Farming Futures – Filling the Research Gap
Chief Investigators: Scheer, C.

Amount: $498,761
Period: 2012-2015

The fate of aboveground carbon inputs: a key process that is poorly understood

Fund Source: Carbon Farming Futures – Filling the Research Gap
Chief Investigators: Scheer, C., Grace, P., Conant, R.

Amount: $378,161
Period: 2012-2015

Mitigation of nitrous oxide emissions in the national vegetable industry

Fund Source: Carbon Farming Futures – Filling the Research Gap
Chief Investigators: Porter, I., Deuter, P., Boersma, M., Walker, C. Scheer, C.

Partner organisations: La Trobe University, University of Tasmania, QLD Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Incitec Pivot Fertilisers

Amount: $1,811,361
Period: 2013-2016

 Quantifying nitrous oxide losses and nitrogen use efficiency in grains cropping systems on clay soils with contrasting soil carbon status and land management

 Fund Source: Carbon Farming Futures – Filling the Research Gap
Chief Investigators: Bell, M., Grace, P., Lester, D. Scheer, C., Rowlings, D.

Partner organisations: Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation / University of Queensland, QLD Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Incitec Pivot Fertilisers

Amount: $1,598,997
Period: 2012-2015

 

Selected Publications

Scheer, C., Del Grosso, S. J., Parton, W. J., Rowlings, D. W., & Grace, P. R. (2014). Modeling nitrous oxide emissions from irrigated agriculture: testing DayCent with high-frequency measurements. Ecological Applications, 24(3), 528-538.

Scheer, C., Rowlings, D. W., Firrel, M., Deuter, P., Morris, S., & Grace, P. R. (2014). Impact of nitrification inhibitor (DMPP) on soil nitrous oxide emissions from an intensive broccoli production system in sub-tropical Australia. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 77(0), 243-251.

De Antoni Migliorati, M., Scheer, C., Grace, P. R., Rowlings, D. W., Bell, M., & McGree, J. (2014). Influence of different nitrogen rates and DMPP nitrification inhibitor on annual N2O emissions from a subtropical wheat-maize cropping system. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 186(0), 33-43.

Nguyen, D. H., Biala, J., Grace, P. R., Scheer, C., & Rowlings, D. W. (2014). Greenhouse gas emissions from sub-tropical agricultural soils after addition of organic by-products. SpringerPlus, 3(1), 491.

Scheer C, Grace PR, Rowlings DW, Payero J (2013) Soil N2O and CO2 emissions from cotton in Australia under varying irrigation management. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems, 95, 43-56.

Van Zwieten L, Kimber SWL, Morris SG, Singh BP, Grace PR, Scheer C (2013) Pyrolysing poultry litter reduces N2O and CO2 fluxes. Science of the Total Environment (in press).

Scheer C, Grace PR, Rowlings DW, Payero J (2012) Nitrous oxide emissions from irrigated wheat in Australia: impact of irrigation management. Plant and Soil, 1-12.

Scheer C, Grace PR, Rowlings DW, Kimber S, Van Zwieten L (2011) Effect of biochar amendment on the soil-atmosphere exchange of greenhouse gases from an intensive subtropical pasture in northern New South Wales, Australia. Plant and Soil, 345, 47-58.

Van Zwieten L, Kimber S, Morris S, Downie A, Berger E, Rust J, Scheer C (2010). Influence of biochars on flux of N2O and CO2 from Ferrosol. Aust. J. Soil Res. 48, 555-568.

Scheer C, Wassmann R, Butterbach-Bahl K, Lamers J, Martius C (2009). The relationship between N2O, NO, and N2 fluxes from fertilized and irrigated dryland soils of the Aral Sea Basin, Uzbekistan. Plant and Soil, 314: 273-283.

Scheer C, Wassmann R, Kienzler K, Ibragimov N, Lamers JPA, Martius C (2008) Methane and nitrous oxide fluxes in annual and perennial land-use systems of the irrigated areas in the Aral Sea Basin. Global Change Biology, 14, 2454-2468.

Scheer C, Wassmann R, Kienzler K, Ibragimov N, Eschanov R (2008) Nitrous oxide emissions from fertilized irrigated cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) in the Aral Sea Basin, Uzbekistan: Influence of nitrogen applications and irrigation practices. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 40, 290-301.

 

 

 

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Publications


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Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Recipient of a Nationally Competitive Research Fellowship
Reference year
2019
Details
Germany and France are jointly supporting the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Both countries are leading the way with their laureate fellowship programme to promote research in the areas of climate, energy and the Earth system. Under the French initiative "Make our planet great again", Germany and France are inviting researchers from all over the world to cooperate with German and French partners in advancing research in the following fields of sustainability science: 1. Research on climate change: e.g. monitoring, modelling, mitigation and social consequences 2. Science for the energy transition: e.g. innovative concepts and technologies for a sustainable large-scale supply of renewable energy connecting different sectors and industries, in particular energy storage and distribution; energy efficiency; systemic approach of research for the energy transition including economic, ecological, and social challenges, the supply of raw materials, and prospective scenario developme
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2017
Details
Vice-Chancelor's Performance Award
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2015
Details
Vice-Chancelor's Performance Award
Type
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2015
Details
editorial board member Agriculture Ecosystems and Environment
Type
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2011
Details
editorial board member of Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Agriculture Based Emission-Reduction Options to Support NDC's in Vietnam and Fiji
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LWR/2017/029
Start year
2018
Keywords
Carbon Farming, Climate Change, International Agriculture, Productivity
Title
Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Sugarcane Soils: Strategies for Increasing NUE and Reducing Environmental Pollution
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
2018/007
Start year
2018
Keywords
Australian Agriculture Soils, Fertiliser, Greenhouse Gas, N2O, Nitrogen
Title
Increasing Profitability Through Improved Nitrogen Use Efficiency and Reducing Gaseous Losses of Nitrogen
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
AOTG1601
Start year
2015
Keywords
Title
Can advances in mid-term forecasts reduce emissions from nitrogen fertiliser?
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
GMX 1194283-127
Start year
2013
Keywords
Bom Weather Forecast; Greenhouse Gas Emissions; Modelling Soil Moisture; Nitrous Oxide Emissions; Soil Carbon Nitrogen
Title
Quantifying nitrous oxide losses and nitrogen use efficiency gains cropping systems on clay soils with contrasting soil carbon status and land management
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
01202.004
Start year
2013
Keywords
Ghg Emissions; N Fertilizer; N Response Curves; Nitrous Oxide
Title
Advanced process level understanding of factors controlling gaseous nitrogen partitioning to reduce N2O losses from Australian agricultural soils
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
01202.030
Start year
2012
Keywords
Agricultural Soils; Greenhouse Gas Emissions; Nitrogen Use Efficiency; Nitrous Oxide
Title
The fate of aboveground carbon inputs: A key process that is poorly understood
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
01203.073
Start year
2012
Keywords
Agriculture Soil; Carbon; Greenhouse Gas Emission; Nitrous Oxide
Title
Integrated Data and Synthesis Framework for Reducing N20 Emissions from Australian Agricultural Soils
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
QUT00002
Start year
2009
Keywords
N20 Emissions; Soil
Title
Reducing Nitrous Oxide Emissions in Irrigated Grains-Cotton Farming Systems
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
QUT00003
Start year
2009
Keywords
Nitrous Oxide

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