Researcher biography

Dr Weng's demonstrated expertise, productivity and the impact of his research are quickly establishing him as a leading early career researcher in soil carbon though managing collaborative national projects involving universities (Charles Sturt University, University of South Australia and La Trobe University) and government agencies (CSIRO, NSW DPI and Agriculture Victoria).

Dr Weng has challenged the existing body of research on soil carbon. His research fills an important gap for maintaining agricultural productivity and mitigating climate change in the absence of a clear national strategy for agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. Dr Weng's track record is outstanding for his early career stage with publications in the top journals in his field including Nature Climate Change (1), Science of the Total Environment (2), Soil Biology & Biochemistry (3) and Geoderma (1). The impact of his multi-disciplinary, innovative and high-quality research has been recognized by the international scientific community with a Field-Weighted Citation Impact factor of 3.04 (SciVal) over 11 publications since 2016 (citations: 235; h-index of 6). His first-author Nature Climate Change paper was ranked top 1% in agricultural science by the Thomson Reuters 2018-2019.

Dr Weng's outstanding contribution to the food and agriculture sector has been recognised through cross-disciplinary awards and competitive prizes, including 2014 Soil Science Australia Best oral presentation under 35 years of age and 2016 New Initiative Grant Research Fellow, Charles Sturt University. He has been invited to give presentations on his research by: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University (USA); School of Agriculture and Food, The University of Melbourne (Australia); Sugarcane Research Institute, Guangxi Academy of Agricultural Sciences (China).