Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Dr. Andreas Buerkert

Date of birth        29 August 1961, Schwäbisch Hall, Germany

Nationality           German

Position               Full professor (chair) Organic Plant Production and 
                            Agroecosystems Research in the Tropics and Subtropics

Address               Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences
                            University of Kassel
                            Steinstraße 19, 37213 Witzenhausen
                            +49 5542-98-1228 (Office)
                            +49 5542-98-1230 (Fax.)


Academic education

Universities:         U. Hohenheim, Germany & U. California Davis

Degrees:              2001 Habilitation and Venia Legendi in Plant Nutrition
                             and Plant Production in the Tropics and Subtropics,
                             U. Hohenheim

                            1995 U. Hohenheim, Germany
                             Dr. sc. agr. in Agricultural Sciences

                            1989 MSc. International Agricultural Development,
                             U. California Davis, USA

Professional career

since 2004           Professor (C4) of Organic Plant Production and Agroeco-
                            systems Research in the Tropics and Subtropics,
                            University of Kassel, Germany

2008 – 2011        Vice-Dean of the College of Organic Agriculture
                            at University of Kassel

2002 – 2004        Guest lectureships at Kabul University, Afghanistan,
                            Yezin Agricultural University at Pyianmana, Myanmar
                            and at China Agricultural University (CAU), Beijing, China

1999 – 2002        Temporary professorship of Tropical Crops,
                            University of Kassel, Germany

1995 – 1999        Post-doctoral scientist in the DFG-funded research project
                            'Effects of site-factors on the efficiency of organic and
                            inorganic soil amendments and nutrient fluxes in
                            agricultural systems in the West African Sahel', ICRISAT
                            Sahelian Centre, Niger and University of Hohenheim,

Scientific activities

2008 – 2011        Evaluation Board DFG ‘Agriculture, Forestry, Vegetable
                            Production and Veterinary Medicine’

2001 – 2008        DAAD Reviewer panel: ’Graduierte nach Übersee’

since 2005           Chairman of the scientific advisory board of DITSL GmbH

since 2001           Regular reviewer of the Journals ‘Field Crops Research’,
                            ‘Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science’ and ‘Journal of
                            Arid Environments’


Sustainability, soil fertility, nutrient management and matter fluxes in drylands of Africa since 1991, the Middle East since 1998 and Central Asia since 2000. Analysis of the effects of landuse systems, management practices and climate change on carbon and plant nutrient cycles in marginal (agro-pastoral) and intensive (urban and peri-urban) agro-ecosystems. Quantification of the effects of organic amendments on plant nutrient availability and product quality and to study nutrient acquisition by plants in crop-livestock systems.