Research interests:

Biogeochemical cycling of C and N, GHG emission and mitigation,Life cycle analysis and GHG assessment tool, Ecosystem modelling, Impact of El Niño on soil, crop, livestock and livelihood

Career history:

2007-Present: Research Fellow, School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen
2006: Extended Senior Research Fellow, Central Rice Research Institute (now Known as National Rice Research Institute), Cuttack, Odisha, India
2005: PhD, Utkal University, Odisha, India

Active research projects:

2015-2016: Science-based emissions targets for agriculture and forestry commodities with Prof. Pete Smith

2016-2017: Building Resilience in Ethiopia’s Awassa region to Drought (BREAD) with Prof. Jo Smith and Prof. Euan Phimister

2017- 2018: Newton-Bhabha Virtual Centre on Nitrogen Efficiency of Whole-cropping Systems for improved performance and resilience
in agriculture (NEWS India-UK) with Prof. Jo Smith and Prof. Mark Sutton

2018-2019: Institution hopping placement to investigate models associated with land allocation and valuation. with Prof. Pete Smith

2018: Marte Nikolaisen: PhD fund on "A global model for rice-based GHG emissions."

Recent publications:

1. Ji, C., Cheng, K., Nayak, DR., Pan, G. (2018). Environmental and economic assessment of crop residue competitive utilization for biochar, briquette fuel and combined heat and power generation. Journal of Cleaner Production. 192. 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.05.026.
2. Feliciano, DMS., Ledo, A., Hillier, JG. & Nayak, DR. (2018). ‘Which agroforestry options give the greatest soil and above ground carbon benefits in different world regions?’. Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment, vol. 254, pp. 117-129.
3. Feliciano, D., Nayak, DR., Vetter, SH. & Hillier, J. (2017). ‘CCAFS-MOT – A tool for farmers, extension services and policy-advisors to identify mitigation options for agriculture’.Agricultural Systems, vol. 154, pp. 100-111.
4. Cheng, K., Yan, M., Nayak, D., Pan, GX., Smith, P., Zheng, JF. & Zheng, JW. (2015). ‘Carbon footprint of crop production in China: an analysis of National Statistics data’. Journal of Agricultural Science, vol 153, no. 3, pp. 422-431.
[Online] DOI: 10.1017/S0021859614000665
5. Nayak, D., Saetnan, E., Cheng, K., Wang, W., Koslowski, F., Cheng, Y-F, Zhu, WY., Wang, J-K, Liu, J-X, Moran, D., Yan, X., Cardenas, L., Newbold, J., Pan, G., Lui, Y. & Smith, P. (2015). ‘Management opportunities to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from Chinese agriculture’. Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment, vol 209, pp. 108-124.