Lukas Van Zwieten (PhD) is a Senior Principal Research Scientist for the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries. His research focuses on soil processes including C and N cycling, and how these relate to greenhouse gas emissions; contaminants in the soil environment; and unravelling microbial, rhizosphere and soil chemical processes. His research on biochar was acclaimed in the 2007 United Nations’ World Environment Day Award “Meeting the Greenhouse Challenge,” and it has been popularised through the Australian Broadcasting Corporations Catalyst program (2007), a CNN “special report” in 2008, ABC’s Landline (2009) and Discovery Channels “Ecopolis” mini series in 2009/10. Lukas holds the position of Adjunct Professor in Southern Cross Plant Science and is a member of Soil Science Australia. He has published over 80 papers and book chapters and has over 5000 cites (Scholar).