PROF Deli Chen

PROF Deli Chen


  • Agricultural pollution (nitrate leaching to ground water)
  • Emissions from land systems, especially N2O emissions from land sources
  • Greenhouse gas (N2O and CH4)
  • Soil nitrogen chemistry
  • Water and nutrient dynamics in soil-plant systems



  • Professor Deli Chen is the discipline leader in Soil Water, Nutrients and Greenhouse Gases, Melbourne School of Land and Environment, University of Melbourne, and Deputy Director of the Australia-China Centre on Water Resource Research.

    Professor Chen has active international collaboration with scientists in China, the US and Europe, and has worked on several large projects funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research during the last 15 years.

    He has also worked closely with industry including Incitec-Pivot and other fertiliser producers.

    Professor Chen was recently awarded the JA Prescott Medal for excellence and achievement in the field of soil science by the Australian Society of Soil Science.   


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 1996
  • MSc, Chinese Academy of Sciences - The Institute of Soil Science 1985
  • BSc(Hons), Nanjing Agricultural University 1982


Available for supervision

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