Professor Hong Di of Lincoln University is one of 19 top New Zealand researchers and scholars announced as Fellows of the Royal Society of New Zealand today, an honour which recognises true international distinction in research and scholarship.
A Professor of Soil and Environmental Science, Professor Di has led pioneering research, scholarship and technology development on ammonia oxidisers in the soil, nitrate leaching and nitrous oxide emissions. Professor Di is a principal investigator with the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGRC), where he is leader of nitrous oxide research programmes nationally. Recently he was appointed as the leader of the NZ-China Water Research Centre.
His research has significantly improved understanding of the role of bacteria and archaea in nitrogen cycling. He is recognised internationally for his contribution to the development of innovative environmental technologies to mitigate nitrate leaching and nitrous oxide emissions.
Professor Di says he is absolutely delighted for having been recognised with such a huge honour. “This is a great recognition of our team’s contribution to research and scholarship over the past couple of decades. I am thankful to my research team, colleagues and students for their collaborations and support, which made this fantastic achievement possible.”
Professor Grant Edwards, Interim Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences, says Professor Di is recognised internationally for his seminal work and publications on nitrification inhibitors. “This work represents an outstanding contribution to the development of innovative future environmental technologies to mitigate nitrate leaching and nitrous oxide emissions associated with livestock farming”.
Professor Di was also a recipient of a Lincoln University Medal in 2013 for outstanding voluntary service to Lincoln University over 20 years. In 2008 he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to agricultural research in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, notably through his research leading to a mitigation technology for nitrate leaching and nitrous oxide emissions from intensive dairying systems, work shared with Professor Keith Cameron OMZM.