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Sophie Zechmeister-Boltenstern - a Professor of Soil Science and Soil Microbiology at BOKU

1 hr 28 min / Published
By Nazerke

Sophie Zechmeister-Boltenstern is a Soil Science and Soil Microbiology professor at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna. Head of Soil Research Institute at BOKU. 

Expertise: Biodiversity and function of soil organisms and their interactions; Biology of the Nitrogen Cycle; Climate change and greenhouse gases; Metabolism of gases in soils.

Awards: Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher (2019): identified by Clarivate Analytics as one of the world’s most influential contemporary researchers (top 1% ranking), and more in the link below.


Description of the episode:

Besides the explanations given on specific field (soil microbiology) questions, Prof. Sophie also shares her experiences in the academic world. The episode contains very valuable messages and advice for young scientists (the link for the book recommendation is below).     

0:00:00   Intro
0:01:21   what we know about the N cycle
0:05:44   "I find everything interesting about N cycle ..."
0:09:54   responses of soil microorganisms on drying & rewetting events 
0:18:07   greenhouse gases under drying & rewetting events
0:22:14   how well do we understand greenhouse gas emissions from soils 
0:31:15   about biochar
0:41:24   about CH4 sink & C sequestration  
0:44:35   extreme events / Regenerative Agriculture / burning fields (etc.)
0:52:06   how to write a good scientific paper?
1:00:00   to all beginner scientists
1:04:44   advice to my younger self
1:09:04   if I would not become a scientist ... 
1:12:40   "being sad or scared doesn't help anything... if everyone acts in their small worlds - we can make a change!"
1:19:10   the meaning of life    


The book title: "Writing Science: How to Write Papers That Get Cited and Proposals That Get Funded."

The link to the book: https://amzn.eu/d/6Y5NdSh 



Prof. Sophie Zechmeister-Boltenstern

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.at/citations?user=Xys1BdUAAAAJ&hl=de

Researchgate: https://www.researchgate.net/scientific-contributions/Sophie-Zechmeister-Boltenstern-39275272

The source of academic qualifications and achievements: https://forschung.boku.ac.at/fis/suchen.person_uebersicht?id_in=4224&menue_id_in=101&sprache_in=en 



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