Hans Lambers

Emeritus Professor, BSc PhD Groningen, FRNAAS, FAA

  • The University of Western Australia (M084), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


I was born in the Netherlands; PhD (1979), and appointed Professor of Ecophysiology at Utrecht University (1985). In 1998, I migrated to Australia, where I was appointed Professor of Plant Biology/Ecology at the University of Western Australia. There, I studied rhizosphere biology and mineral nutrition of Australian native species and crop plants, seeking to discover how some Australian plants acquire phosphorus from depauperate soil and use it very efficiently. 

I have published >600 refereed articles, my H index continues to rise, and I feature on recent and current ISI Highly Cited lists. In 2003 I was elected to the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2012 to the Australian Academy of Science. I received Honorary Professorships from China Agricultural University (2002), Chinese Academy of Sciences (Research Centre for Eco- Environmental Sciences, Beijing) (2004), Shenyang Agricultural University (2018), and Jiangxi Agricultural University, Nanchang, China. (2019). I received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Society of Root Research (2018) and was appointed as Distinguished Professor at the National Academy of Agriculture Green Development at China Agricultural University in 2018.

In 2023, I was awarded Life Membership of the Australian Society of Plant Scientists based on outstanding research and teaching contributions to plant science and service to the society and the broader plant science community.

My Clarivate ResearcherID is  A-1544-2008, https://www.webofscience.com/wos/woscc/summary/c0203994-cb34-4602-b908-75bc35d7b18d-bef5af0c/relevance/1 and my Google Scholoar profile is at https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=up0v5soAAAAJ&hl=en.


Web of Science ResearcherID A-1544-2008


Google Scholar profile


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Industry keywords

  • Environmental
  • Agriculture and Food

Research expertise keywords

  • Mineral nutrition of Australian plants
  • Mineral nutrition of crop and pasture species
  • Plant physiology/ecology
  • Structure and functioning of cluster roots
  • Phosphorus-use efficiency
  • Conservation biology
  • Silicon


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