Academic Career and Research Areas
Prof. Zare is a soil physicist focused on understanding soil-related processes occurring at the soil-root interface, with an emphasis on how physical properties of soils constrain life within them. The cornerstone of his research and teaching is the recognition that the physical properties of soil play a critical role in shaping the life of biota within soils, including plants and microorganisms. In turn, the activities of biota also shape the physical properties of soil, facilitating exchanges with surrounding soils.
Professor Zare's academic journey began in 2013 when he received his Ph.D. from the Division of Soil Hydrology at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. With a passion for the field of soil Biophysics, he continued his research as a postdoctoral fellow at the same chair for another four years. In 2017, Prof. Zare moved to the University of Bayreuth, where he was appointed as an academic lecturer at the Chair of Soil Physics. In September 2022, Prof. Zare was appointed to the professorship for Soil Biophysics and Environmental Systems at TUM.
- Nominee for the Soil Physics and Hydrology Early Career Award (2019)
- PhD scholarship of the German IPSWat (International Postgraduate Studies in Water Technologies, BMBF) (2009)
Key Publications (all publications)
Benard, P., Schepers, J. R., Crosta, M., Zarebanadkouki, M., & Carminati, A. (2021). Physics of Viscous Bridges in Soil Biological Hotspots. Water Resources Research, 57(11).Abstract
Zarebanadkouki, M., Fink, T., Benard, P., & Banfield, C. C. (2019). Mucilage facilitates nutrient diffusion in the drying rhizosphere. Vadose Zone Journal, 18(1).Abstract
Zarebanadkouki, M., Trtik, P., Hayat, F., Carminati, A., & Kaestner, A. (2019). Root water uptake and its pathways across the root: quantification at the cellular scale. Scientific Reports, 9(1).Abstract
Zarebanadkouki, M., Kroener, E., Kaestner, A., & Carminati, A. (2014). Visualization of root water uptake: Quantification of deuterated water transport in roots using neutron radiography and numerical modeling. Plant Physiology, 166(2).Abstract
Zarebanadkouki, M., Kim, Y. X., & Carminati, A. (2013). Where do roots take up water? Neutron radiography of water flow into the roots of transpiring plants growing in soil. New Phytologist, 199(4).Abstract