BSc Agric (Chemistry and Soil Science) 2001 Stellenbosch University, South Africa
MSc Agric (Soil Science) 2004 Stellenbosch University, South Africa
PhD (Soil Science) 2008 University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Soil Science 214 – Introduction to Soil Science
Soil Science 244 – Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition
Soil Science 424 – Advanced Soil Chemistry
Soil Science 454 – Advanced Resource Management
Soil Science 773 – Specialized Soil Chemistry and Fertilization
Environmental soil chemistry and soil fertility, including: abiotic catalysis reactions of mineral colloids, soil organic matter chemistry, soil carbon sequestration, biochar amendment of soils, sorption reactions in soils, decontamination of soils, and application of advanced spectroscopic techniques in soil research, in particular: synchrotron X-ray absorption spectroscopy (NEXAFS and XANES), FTIR spectroscopy, multidimensional NMR spectroscopy, and ESR spectroscopy.
Development of diagnostic criteria and investigation of organic carbon stabilization mechanisms in humic soils in South Africa
Interactions of biochar with clays and sesquioxides in Hutton soils and their effect on maize productivity
The effect of mineral fertilization on the rate of soil organic carbon and applied residue degradation in soil
The effect of long-term conservation tillage and crop rotation practices on soil carbon functional pools in the Western Cape, South Africa
Investigation of soil health in commercial production of rooibos tea (Aspalathus linearis) in the Western Cape, South Africa
Effect of biochar on water- and fertilizer-use efficiency of crops and its mobility in soils
Biochar amendment of infertile, sandy soils from the Cape Flats, South Africa
Characterization of biochar produced from various agricultural wastes for use as a soil amendment
Carbon Stabilization Mechanisms in Spekboom Thicket Soils, Eastern Cape, South Africa
The “Grassland-Savanna problem”
Uras, U., M. Carrier, A.G. Hardie and J. Knoetze (2012). Physico-chemical characterization of biochars from vacuum pyrolysis of South African agricultural wastes for application as soil amendments. Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis 98: 207-213.
Carrier, M., A.G. Hardie, U. Uras, J. Görgens and J. Knoetze. (2012). Production of char from vacuum pyrolysis of South-African sugar cane bagasse and its characterization as activated carbon and biochar. Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis 96: 24-32.
Huang, P.M. and A.G. Hardie. (2011). Role of abiotic catalysis in the transformation of organics, metals, metalloids, and other inorganics. In: Huang, P.M (editor In chief). Handbook of Soil Science 2nd Edition. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, USA. [ISBN 9781439803035]
Hardie, A.G., J.J. Dynes, L.M. Kozak and P.M. Huang (2009). Biomolecule-induced carbonate genesis in abiotic formation of humic substances in nature. Canadian Journal of Soil Science 89: 445-453.
Hardie, A.G., J.J. Dynes, L.M. Kozak and P.M. Huang (2009). The role of glucose in abiotic humification pathways as catalyzed by birnessite. Journal of Molecular Catalysis A. Chemical 308: 114-126.
Huang, P.M. and A.G. Hardie (2009). Formation mechanisms of humic substances in the environment. In: N. Senesi, B. Xing and P.M. Huang (eds.). Biophysico-chemical processes involving nonliving natural organic matter in the environment. Vol. 2, Wiley-IUPAC series Biophysico-Chemical Processes in Environmental Systems. John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, N.J. pp. 41-108.
Hardie, A.G., J.J. Dynes, L.M. Kozak and P.M. Huang (2009). Abiotic catalysis of the Maillard and polyphenol-Maillard humification pathways by soil clays from temperate and tropical environments. In: Xu, J and P.M. Huang (eds.) Molecular environmental soil science at the interfaces in the earth’s critical zone. Zhejiang University Press/Springer-Verlag, Hangzhou, China. pp. 26-28.
Hardie, A.G., J.J. Dynes, L.M. Kozak and P.M. Huang (2007). Influence of polyphenols on the integrated polyphenol-Maillard reaction humification pathways as catalyzed by birnessite. Annals of Environmental Science 1: 91-110.
Hardie, A.G., J.J. Dynes, L.M. Kozak and P.M. Huang (2007). NEXAFS investigation of abiotic polyphenol-Maillard reaction humification pathways as catalyzed by birnessite (δ-MnO2). In: Dalzell, M. (ed.). Canadian Light Source Annual Activity Report 2005- 2006. Canadian Light Source Inc., Saskatoon, SK. pp. 77-78.
Dynes, J.J., Hardie, A.G. and P.M. Huang (2007). The effect of pH and Se species on the nature of aluminium-selenium precipitates. In: Dalzell, M. (ed.). Canadian Light Source Annual Activity Report 2005-2006. Canadian Light Source Inc., Saskatoon, SK. pp. 31-32.
Hardie, A.G., J.J. Dynes, L.M. Kozak and P.M. Huang (2008). NEXAFS investigation of Al, Fe and Mn oxide catalysis of abiotic polyphenol-Maillard humification pathway. In: Dalzell, M. (ed.). Canadian Light Source Annual Activity Report 2007. Canadian Light Source Inc., Saskatoon, SK. pp. 78-79.
Council member of the Soil Science Society of South Africa
Member of International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS)