Local researchers shine in global Highly Cited Researchers list

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Four University of Newcastle researchers have been announced as Highly Cited Researchers for 2019 by Clarivate Analytics' Web of Science Group.

The Highly Cited Researchers list showcases global research and social scientists who have demonstrated exceptional influence as reflected by their publication of multiple papers which have been frequently cited by their peers during the last decade.

The University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alex Zelinsky AO, said this recognition is another indicator that the University of Newcastle is home to some of the world’s best and brightest researchers.

“This year’s Highly Cited Researchers have enormous influence in their fields and are leading the way in making discoveries that will have positive, long-term impacts for our communities and our world.”

Global Innovation Chair and Director of the Global Centre for Environmental Remediation at the University of Newcastle, Professor Ravi Naidu is listed in the cross-field category. As the highest-cited environmental scientist in Australia, Professor Naidu is a global leader in contamination studies and focuses on agricultural and industrial impacts on the environment.

Professor David Lubans, who is an NHMRC Research Fellow with the School of Education and part of the Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition, is listed in the social sciences category. Primarily researching the design, evaluation and dissemination of school-based physical activity interventions, Professor Lubans’ secondary area of interest is studying the effects of physical activity and fitness on young people’s cognitive and mental health.

As a researcher who explores sustainable approaches to soil health, Professor of Environmental Chemistry, Nanthi Bolan, has been recognised in the environment and ecology category. Breaking new ground in soil science research, Professor Bolan and his team are aiming to create new products and technologies to increase soil productivity and agricultural profitability.

Affiliate researcher, Conjoint Associate Professor Saskia Keesstra, is also included in the cross-field category.

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