Staff Profile

Dr Mike Beare
Science Group Leader, Soil Water & Environment
Sustainable Production

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Dr Mike Beare


BSc, Ecology, University of Oklahoma, United States of America
MSc, Botany/Microbiology, University of Oklahoma, United States of America
PhD, Soil Ecology, University of Georgia, United States of America

Research Interests & Activities

Biological regulation of soil structure development, organic matter turnover and nutrient availability. Tools for on-farm monitoring and management of soil quality. Best management practices to sustain productivity and mitigate adverse environmental impacts. Land use change and intensification effects on soil and environmental quality.

International Collaboration

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, Lethbridge and Quebec City, Canada
Institute of Ecology, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA
Soil Tilth Laboratory, USDA, Ames, Iowa, USA
CSIRO Land & Water, Adelaide, Australia

Programme Leader – Land Use Change and Intensification programme.
Science Management Team – Sustainable Land Management Research Initiative programme.

Honours & Awards

Fellow, New Zealand Soil Science Society
2004 OECD Research Fellowship, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, CA
2004-2007 Section Co-editor, Soil Sampling and Methods of Analysis, 2nd ed., CRC Press
1998-2002 Co-Vice Chairman, Soil Biology, International Union of Soil Science
1993-2007 Journal editorial board, Applied Soil Ecology & Canadian Journal Soil Science
1999 Programme referee, International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

Professional Memberships

Member, NZ Institute for Agricultural Science
Certified Practicing Agriculturalist (CPAg®)
Member, NZ Society of Soil Science
Member, American Society of Agronomy
Member, Soil Science Society of America
Member, International Soil Science Society
Member, International Soil Ecology Society

Key Publications

Chantigny, M.H., D. Curtin and M.H. Beare 2010. Influence of temperature on water-extractable organic matter and ammonium production in mineral soils. Soil Science Society America Journal (74, on-line).
Beare, M.H., E.G. Gregorich, and P. St-Georges 2009. Compaction effects on CO2 and N2O production during drying and rewetting of soil. Soil Biol. Biochem. 41:611-621.
Thomas, S.M., M.H. Beare, G.S. Francis, H. Barlow, D. Hedderley. 2008. Effects of tillage, simulated cattle grazing and soil moisture on N2O emissions from a winter forage crop. Plant & Soil 309:131–145.
Gregorich, E.G. and M.H. Beare, 2008. Physically Uncomplexed Organic Matter. In: Soil Sampling and Methods of Analysis, 2nd edition. M.R. Carter and E.G. Gregorich (eds). pp. 607-616. Can. Soil Sci. Soc. Lewis Publ., Boca Raton, FL.
Beare M.H., D. Curtin, S. Thomas, P.M. Fraser and G.S. Francis. 2005. Chemical components and effects on soil quality in temperate grazed pasture systems. Pp 25-36 In: Optimisation of Nutrient Cycling and Soil Quality for Sustainable Grasslands, S.C. Jarvis, P.J. Murray and J.A. Roker (eds). Wageningen Academic Publishers, Wageningen, ISBN 9076998728.