José Dörner

José Dörner is Full Professor at the Institute of Agricultural Engineering and Soils, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, Universidad Austral de Chile (UACh). Nowadays, he is the Dean of the Faculty, member of the Research Center on Volcanic Ash Soils at UACh, Assistant Secretary General of the International Soil and Tillage Research Organization and Member of World Association of Soil and Water Conservation (WASWAC).

He received his Bachelor’s degree from Universidad Austral de Chile and specialized in Soil Physics at the Cristian Albrechts University of de Kiel, Germany, where he obtained the degree of Doctor of Agricultural Sciences in 2005. In 2015 he received the “Georg Foster Fellowship for Experienced Researchers” award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Germany.

His main research interests are related to the study of the physical behavior of Andosols (volcanic ash soils) under a wide range of land uses. In this context, he has studied: i) how the soil’s water storage function can be improved through the management and conservation of the soil structure in grazing systems, ii) the effect of grazing on the mechanical strength and hydraulic properties of the soil and iii) how the land use change of Ñadi Soils affects the transport of water, air and heat in the profile.

He conducted several research projects and is author and co-author of more than 100 publications in scientific journals.

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