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Residence  Australia
Name  Neal Menzies

Fields  Soil science
Neal Menzies People and productivity Neal Menzies University of Queensland

Institutions  University of Queensland
Alma mater  University of Queensland

Education  University of Queensland

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Neal Menzies (born 7 December 1959) is an Australian professor of soil science at the University of Queensland. In his early adult years, he completed a bachelor of agricultural science (hons) in 1985, a master of agricultural studies in 1987, and a PhD in 1992. Menzies has worked for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Cameroon, the Newcastle University (Newcastle upon Tyne) in England, and the University of Queensland in Australia (where he is currently head of the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences).


Academic career

As of May 2016, Neal Menzies had published more than 150 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. He has an h-index of 25 as of May 2016. In 2011 Menzies was appointed Dean of Agriculture, and Head of the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences in the University of Queensland. In 2016 he was elected President of the Australian Council of Deans of Agriculture for a two year term. Menzies has served as secretary, vice-president and president of the Queensland branch of the Australian Society of Soil Science Inc. (ASSSI), and vice-president and president of the federal ASSSI branch. In addition, from 2006 to 2010, Menzies was elected as vice-president of the International Union of Soil Sciences (a union representing approximately 55,000 soil scientists internationally).

Menzies has helped attract more than $20,000,000 of research funding since joining the University of Queensland in 1994. He was also a program leader in the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC-CARE), Associate Editor of the Journal of Environmental Quality, and vice-chair of the organizing committee (and chair of the scientific committee) for the 19th World Congress of Soil Science (WCSS) held in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia in 2010.

His current research focuses largely on the phytotoxicity of trace metals in soil solutions, giving particular consideration to aluminium and other trace metals such as lead, copper, zinc, and nickel. Professor Menzies was one of the first Soil Scientists to examine the impact of biochar on soil solution composition and soil chemical fertility. Since this time, his research has focused on the development of novel biochar technologies, with a focus on improving plant growth and food production in Africa. His key research colleagues in the University of Queensland Soil Science group include Dr J Bernard Wehr, Dr Peng Wang and Dr Peter Kopittke.


  • Award for Excellence in Research, School of Land and Food Sciences, the University of Queensland, 2006
  • Award for Outstanding Achievement in Collaborative R&D, Australian Business and Higher Education Roundtable, 2002
  • Publication Medal, Australian Society of Soil Science Incorporated, 1989
  • Edwin Munro Scholarship in Agricultural Science, the University of Queensland, 1986
  • Bell Medal, Australian Institute of Agricultural Science, 1985
  • References

    Neal Menzies Wikipedia