Dr. Henry W. Chau

Image Henry Wai Chau
Research Scientist, Soil Conservation and Land Resilience

Activités professionnelles / intérêts

Recherche scientifique

Planification et gestion de projet

Mentorat d’étudiants, de chercheurs postdoctoraux et de scientifiques invités

Groupes d’experts internationaux

Prix et études


PhD. Science du sol (physique du sol), University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, 2014

B.Sc. Sciences biologiques (spécialisation en microbiologie), University of Alberta, Edmonton, 2007


  • Emerging Researcher Fellowship, The New Zealand – China Water Research Centre, 2020
  • Bayer Diversity Initiative Scholar, American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) and the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS), 2020
  • Excellence in Early Career Research Award, Lincoln University, 2017

Expérience et / ou de travail international

  • Western Councillor, Canadian Soil Science Society (CSSS), 2022-Current
  • Leader of Soil and Water Management Professionals Community for American Society of Agronomy (ASA), 2022
  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Soil and Physical Sciences, Lincoln University, Lincoln, New Zealand, July 2018 – February 2022
  • Associate Editor, Canadian Journal of Soil Science, 2020-Current
  • Member of the NZ/China Water Research Centre (NZCWRC) leadership team, September 2016 - Current
  • Lecturer Department of Soil and Physical Sciences, Lincoln University, Lincoln, New Zealand, January 2014 – June 2018
  • Sessional lecturer, Department of Soil Science, University of Saskatchewan, 2013
  • Professional Research Associate, Department of Soil Science, University of Saskatchewan, 2013

Principales publications

1. Bayad, M., Chau, H.W., Trolove, S., Moir, J., Condron, L., & Gharous, M.E. (2022). Surface runoff and losses of phosphorus from hydrophobic pastoral soils. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2021.107690

2. Zhang, B., Su, S., Duan, C., Feng, H., Chau, H.W., He, J., Li, Y., Hill, R.L., Wu, S., & Zou, Y. (2022). Effects of partial organic fertilizer replacement combined with rainwater collection system on soil water, nitrate-nitrogen and apple yield of rainfed apple orchard in the Loess Plateau of China: A 3-year field experiment. Agricultural Water Management, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agwat.2021.107295

3. Robertson, B., Gillespie, J., Carrick, S., Almond, P., Payne, J., Chau, H.W., & Smith, C. (2021). Measuring the water retention curve of rock fragments: A novel repacked core methodology, European Journal of Soil Science, 10.1111/ejss.13181

4. Drewry, J.J., Carrick, S., Mesman, N.L., Müller, K., Almond, P., Shanhun, F.L. & Chau H.W. (2021). Land-use intensification and dairy effluent effects on soil water repellency and soil carbon of a silt loam topsoil, New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research, DOI: 10.1080/00288233.2021.1981953

5. KC, B., Chau, H.W., Mohssen, M. Cameron, K., Safa, M., McIndoe, I., Rutter, H., Dark, A., Lee, M., Pandey, V.P., Schultz, B., & Prasad, K. (2021). Assessment of spatial and temporal variability in soil moisture using multi-length TDR probes to calibrate Aquaflex sensors, Irrigation Science, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00271-021-00747-x

6. Robertson, B.B., Carrick, S.T., Almond, P.C., McNeill, S., Penny, V., Chau, H.W., & Smith, C.M.S. (2021).

7. Predicting field capacity in undisturbed stony soils, Geoderma, 401:115346. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoderma.2021.115346.

8. Fu, Z., Hu, W., Beare, M.H., Müller, K., Wallace, D., & Chau, H.W. (2021). Contributions of soil organic carbon to soil water repellency persistence: Characterization and modelling, Geoderma, 401:115312. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoderma.2021.115312

9. Drewry, J.J., Carrick, S., Mesman, N.L., Almond. P., Müller, K., Shanhun, F.L., & Chau, H.W. (2021). The effect of irrigated land use intensification on the topsoil physical properties of a pastoral silt loam. New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research, https://doi.org/10.1080/00288233.2021.1905670

10. Zhang, T., Ji, X., Zhan, X., Ding, Y., Kisekka, I., Chau, H.W., & Feng, H. (2021). Maize is stressed by salt rather than water under drip irrigation with soil matric potential higher than -50 kPa in an arid saline area. Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science, https://doi.org/10.1111/jac.12497

11. Robertson, B.B., Almond, P.C., Carrick, S.T., Penny, V., Chau H.W., & Smith, C.M.S. (2021). Variation in matric potential at field capacity in stony soils of fluvial and alluvial fans Geoderma, 392:114978. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoderma.2021.114978

12. Wang, X., Li, Y., Chau, H.W., Tang, D., Chen, J., & Bayad, M. (2021). Reduced root water uptake of summer maize grown in water-repellent soils simulated by HYDRUS-1D. Soil & Tillage Research, 209:104925. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.still.2020.104925

13. Robertson, B.B., Almond, P.C., Carrick, S.T., Penny, V., Eger, A., Chau, H.W., & Smith, C.M.S. (2021). The influence of rock fragments on field capacity water content in stony soils from hard sandstone alluvium. Geoderma, 389:114912-114912. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoderma.2020.114912

14. Mohajeri, P., Smith, C.M.S., Chau, H.W., & Lehto, N. (2021). ALLODUST augmented activated sludge single batch anaerobic reactor (AS-SBAnR) for high concentration nitrate removal from agricultural wastewater. Science of the Total Environment, 752:141905. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.141905

15. Bayad, M., Chau, H.W., Trolove, S., Müller, K., Condron, L., Moir, J., & Yi, L. (2020). Time series of remote sensing and water deficit to predict the occurrence of soil water repellency in New Zealand pastures. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 169:292-300. doi:10.1016/j.isprsjprs.2020.09.024

16. Bayad, M., Chau, H.W., Trolove, S., Moir, J., Condron, L., & Bouray, M. (2020). The Relationship between Soil Moisture and Soil Water Repellency Persistence in Hydrophobic Soils. Water, 12:2322. https://doi.org/10.3390/w12092322

17. Mao, Y., Hu, W., Chau, H.W., Lei, B., Di, H., Chen, A, Hou, M., & Whitley, S. (2020). Combined Cultivation Pattern Reduces Soil Erosion and Nutrient Loss from Sloping Farmland on Red Soil in Southwestern China. Agronomy, 10:1071. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/agronomy10081071

18. Mohajeri, P., Smith, C.M.S., Chau, H.W., & Lehto, N. (2020). Powdered ALLODUST/ALLOCHAR augmented Single Batch Aerobic Reactor (SiBAR) for high concentration phosphorous removal from agricultural wastewater. Journal of Water Process Engineering, 36:101301. doi:10.1016/j.jwpe.2020.101301

19. Li, Y., Chen, H., Feng, H., Dong, Q., Wu, W., Zou, Y., Chau H.W., & Siddique, K.H.M. (2020). Influence of straw incorporation on soil water utilization and summer maize productivity: A five-year field study on the Loess Plateau of China. Agricultural Water Management, 233:106106. doi:10.1016/j.agwat.2020.106106

20. Zheng, J., Fan, J., Zou, Y., Chau, H.W., & Zhang, F. (2020). Ridge-furrow plastic mulching with a suitable planting density enhances rainwater productivity, grain yield and economic benefit of rainfed maize. Journal of Arid Land, 12(2):181-198. doi:10.1007/s40333-020-0001-1

21. Yao, N., Li, Yi., Xu, F., Liu, Jian., Chen, S., Ma, H., Chau, H.W., Liu, D.L., Li, M., Feng, H., & He, J. (2020). Permanent wilting point plays an important role in simulating winter wheat growth under water deficit conditions. Agricultural Water Management, 229, 15 pages. doi:10.1016/j.agwat.2019.105954

22. Gutiérrez-Ginés, M. J., Mishra, M., McIntyre, C., Chau, H.W., Esperschuetz, J., McLenaghen, R., Robinson, B.H. (2020). Risks and benefits of pasture irrigation using treated municipal effluent: A lysimeter case study, Canterbury, New Zealand. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 229:105954. doi:10.1007/s11356-020-07759-8

23. Chen, X., Li, Yi., Chau, H.W., Zhao, Huichao., Li, Min., Lei, T., & Zou, Y. (2020). The spatiotemporal variations of soil water content and soil temperature and the influences of precipitation and air temperature at the daily, monthly, and annual timescales in China. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 140:429-451. doi:10.1007/s00704-020-03092-9

24. Song, X., Gao, X., Zou, Y., Chau, H.W., Wu, P., Zhao, X., & Siddique, K. H. M. (2020). Vertical variation in shallow and deep soil moisture in an apple orchard in the loess hilly–gully area of north China. Soil Use and Management, 00:1-12. doi:10.1111/sum.12598