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PD Dr. Gerhard Soja MSc.

PD Dr. Gerhard Soja MSc.

Function

Senior Scientist

Center

Energy

Competence Unit

Environmental Resources & Technologies

E-Mail

Gerhard.Soja(at)ait.ac.at

Phone

+43 50550 3542

Fax

+43 50550 3452

Address

UFT, Konrad-Lorenz-Straße 24, 3430 Tulln

Career

Field: Green Processes

Main Research: crop physiology, agronomy, soil management, soil remediation, environmental assessment, air pollutants, climate change, biochar

Experience:

Main Topics:
Ecophysiology of plants, photosynthetic behaviour, gaseous air pollutants (field studies, fumigation experiments, expert opinions, modelling); stress parameters, analysis and deposition of organic air pollutants; bioindication; degradation of organic pollutants in the soil; ecotoxicology; environmental monitoring; climate change mitigation and adaptation; plant nutrition; soil remediation; carbonisation techniques.
 
Reference Projects:
- Effects of ozone impacts on annual and perennial crop plants
- UN-ECE International Cooperation Project on Effects of Air Pollution on Natural Vegetation and Crops
- Bioindication of ozone in Eastern Austria
- Biological effects of electromagnetic fields on plants
- Oxidative stress and quality  of plant-derived food
- Degradation of high-molecular weight PAH in contaminated soils by in-situ-oxidation
- Use of vegetable oil for remediating PAH-contaminated soils
- Wine production under climate change conditions
- Biochar as soil amendment
- European lakes under environmental stressors
- Biochar for heavy metal immobilisation in contaminated soils
- Phosphorus and carbon waste mining for nutrient recycling
- Combined in-situ remediation with compost and biochar for PAH- and heavy metal-contaminated soils
- Copper stabilization in vineyard soils

  • since 2013: Austrian Standards Institute
  • since 2014: International Biochar Initiative

Publications

  • Climate impacts on water balance of a shallow steppe lake in Eastern Austria (Lake Neusiedl)
    Author(s): SOJA, G., J. ZÜGER, M. KNOFLACHER, P. KINNER and A.-M. SOJA
    Journal: Journal of Hydrology, 480 (2013) ; 115-124
  • Biochar application to temperate soils: Effects on soil fertility and crop growth under greenhouse conditions
    Author(s): KLOSS, S., F. ZEHETNER, B. WIMMER, J. BÜCKER, F. REMPT and G. SOJA
    Journal: Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science, 177 (2014) ; 3-15
  • Biochar decelerates soil organic nitrogen cycling but stimulates soil nitrification in a temperate arable field trial
    Author(s): PROMMER, J., W. WANEK, F. HOFHANSL, D. TROJAN, P. OFFRE, T. ULRICH, C. SCHLEPER, S. SASSMANN, B. KITZLER, G. SOJA and R.C. HOOD-NOWOTNY
    Journal: PLOS ONE, 9 (2014) ; e86388
  • Trace element concentrations in leachates and mustard plant tissue (Sinapis alba L.) after biochar application to temperate soils
    Author(s): KLOSS, S., F. ZEHETNER, E. OBURGER, J. BÜCKER, B. KITZLER, W.W. WENZEL, B. WIMMER and G. SOJA
    Journal: Science of the Total Environment , 481 (2014) ; 498-508
  • Changes in ice phenology characteristics of two Central. European steppe lakes from 1926 to 2012 – influences of local weather and large scale oscillation patterns
    Author(s): SOJA, A.-M., K. KUTICS, K. MARACEK, G. MOLNÁR and G. SOJA
    Journal: Climatic Change (2014) ; doi: 10.1007/s10584-014-1199-8
  • Emissions of greenhouse gases from Lake Neusiedl, a shallow steppe lake in Eastern Austria
    Author(s): SOJA, G., B. KITZLER and A.-M. SOJA
    Journal: Hydrobiologia, 731 (2014) ; 125-138
  • Trace element biogeochemistry in the soil-water-plant system of a temperate agricultural soil amended with different biochars
    Author(s): KLOSS, S., F. ZEHETNER, J. BUECKER, E. OBURGER, W.W. WENZEL, A. ENDERS, J. LEHMANN and G. SOJA
    Journal: Environmental Science and Pollution Research , 22 (2015) ; 4513-4526
  • Soil organic carbon and microbial communities respond to vineyard management
    Author(s): ZEHETNER, F., I. DJUKIC, R. HOFMANN, L. KÜHNEN, G. RAMPAZZO-TODOROVIC, M.H. GERZABEK and G. SOJA
    Journal: Soil Use and Management, doi: 10.1515/nbec-2015-0020 (2015)
  • Effects of biochars and compost mixtures and inorganic additives on immobilisation of heavy metals in contaminated soils
    Author(s): KARER, J., A. WAWRA, F. ZEHETNER, G. DUNST, M. WAGNER, P.-B. PAVEL, M. PUSCHENREITER, W. FRIESL-HANL and G. SOJA
    Journal: Water, Air and Soil Pollution , 226 (2015) ; 342
  • Effect of biochar artificial ageing on Cd and Cu sorption characteristics
    Author(s): FRIŠTÁK, V., W. FRIESL-HANL, A. WAWRA, M. PIPÍŠKA and G. SOJA
    Journal: Journal of Geochemical Exploration , 159 (2015) ; 178-184
  • Global Change Aspects in Plant Production (2016)
    University for Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna
  • Selected Topics in Environmental Toxicology (2016)
    University for Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna
  • Selected Topics in Contaminated Site Remediation (2016)
    University for Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna

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