Avni Malhotra
Avni Malhotra, Dr.
Senior scientist

Soil Science and Biogeochemistry

Tel.: 044 63 55183
Room number: Y25 K 66

Research Interests

global change | peatlands | soil carbon | roots | plant traits | greenhouse gas fluxes | wetlands | permafrost

Publications (recent highlights)

Please see my Google Scholar page for a detailed list

Georgiou, K., Malhotra, A., Wieder, W.R. et al. Divergent controls of soil organic carbon between observations and process-based models. Biogeochemistry 156, 5–17 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10533-021-00819-2

Delwiche, K. B., Knox, S. H., Malhotra, et al. (2021) FLUXNET-CH4: a global, multi-ecosystem dataset and analysis of methane seasonality from freshwater wetlands , Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 13, 3607–3689, https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-13-3607-2021

Malhotra A, Brice D, Childs J, Graham JD, Hobbie EA, Vander Stel H, Feron SC, Hanson PJ, Iversen CM (2020) Peatland warming strongly increases fine-root growth. PNAS.117:30, 17627-1763410

      Highlighted in Sugden A.M. (2020) Shrubification of Peatlands. Science, 369-6503; 520-521

Malhotra A, Todd-Brown K, Nave LE, Batjes NH, Holmquist JR, Hoyt AM, Iversen CM, Jackson RB,Lajtha K, Lawrence C, Vindušková O, Wieder W, Williams M, Hugelius G, Harden JW (2019) The landscape of soil carbon data: emerging questions, synergies and databases. Progress in Physical Geography 43: 5, 707-719 

Delwiche KB, SH Knox, A Malhotra, and 111 others. FLUXNET-CH4: A global, multi-ecosystem database and analysis of methane seasonality from freshwater wetlands. Earth System Science Data (in press) doi: 10.5194/essd-2020-307

Billings SA,  Lajtha K, A Malhotra, AA Berhe, M-A de Graaff, S. Earl, J Fraterrigo, K Georgiou, S Grandy, SE Hobbie, JAM Moore, K Nadelhoffer, D Pierson , C. Rasmussen, WL Silver, BN Sulman, S Weintraub, W Wieder (2021) Soil organic carbon is not just for soil scientists: Measurement recommendations for diverse practitioners. Ecological Applications. 00( 00):e02290. 10.1002/eap.2290

Tumber-Dávila SJ and Malhotra A. (2020) Fast plants in deep water: introducing the whole-soil column perspective New Phytologist 225: 1, 7-9

Synergistic Activities

o   ‘Leveraging big soil data to address soil health questions’. Tilden Hotel, San Francisco, December 9, 2019

o   ‘Linking root traits and soil carbon on a global scale’ at the Climate Change Science Institute and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, July 2018, Read Eos meeting report here.

Current Projects and Advising

Plant-soil interactions in warming peatlands (PhD student, Tiia Määttä)

Linking root traits and CH4 fluxes in organic soils (Masters student, Nisha Sriskandarajah)

Peatland root trait responses to soil warming (Bachelor thesis, Melina Bucher)