Dr Shahid, born in Guru Nanak birth place Nankana Sahib, 35 years ago embraced prestigious Sir William Roberts fellowship to pursue PhD degree program in “Soil Micromorphology of salt-affected soils of Pakistan” at the University of Bangor Wales UK and completed in 1989. He earned B.Sc (Hons) and M.Sc (Hons) in Soil Science from the University of Agriculture Faisalabad Pakistan in the years 1977 & 1980 respectively. Since 1980 he continued his relentless efforts creating new knowledge in soil science (soil salinity assessment and management, soil mapping for national development, climate change adaptation and mitigation field and informing policymakers and the public at large on the growing problem of climate change and solutions for dealing with it holistically. At international fora Dr Shahid remained intrepid and forthright in expressing his views. His convictions were driven by the strength of his outstanding scientific expertise. Internationally he is respected due to his outstanding contribution to science and honored member of editorial boards of many peer reviewed refereed journals, member of executive board (world forum on climate change, agriculture and food security), member of 25 squad council of World Association of Soil and Water Conservation (WASWAC). The international scientific community respects him due to Creator and Founder of unique Emirates Soil Museum in Dubai United Arab Emirates, as well as discoverer of world first anhydrite rich soil in UAE and its formal addition in the 12th edition of US Keys to Soil Taxonomy published in 2014. Since he started his career in 1980, he worked in various capacities in Pakistan, UK, Australia, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates, and contributed to many projects in over 25 countries of SSA, MENA, GCC and WA regions. Owing to his unique findings of thenardite (Na2SO4) dominance in Punjab salt-affected soils against older hypothesis of halite (NaCl) dominance he was embraced with David A Jenkins Award in 1994 leading a paradigm shift screening crops for salt tolerance focusing on Na2SO4 salinity. Dr Shahid is prolific author of over 200 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals, book chapters and conference proceedings. He published-edited & co-edited 7 books published with international publisher Springer. His new book on “Salinity assessment, mitigation and adaptation using nuclear and related techniques” is due this year from the forum of Vienna based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Dr Shahid’s Research Gate score is 23.46, h-index 13 with 560 citations and 33,000 reads globally. Dr Shahid is founder of world first soil discovery rich in anhydrite, which has been formally added to 12 edition of US Keys to Soil taxonomy published in 2014 as a subsurface diagnostic horizon, a soil mineralogy class, and 2 soil subgroups. He is pioneer in introducing the concept of soil mapping for land use planning in the UAE, coordinated multi-million dollar soil survey of Abu Dhabi project (2006-2009) and developed action plan for Northern emirates soil mapping project (2010-2012) and soil mapping of Mauritania.
Dr Shahid’s research interests are soil health improvement for ecosystem services, green waste recycling to compost and biochar and use to improve soil health leading to water and nutrient saving and doubling agricultural productivity, climate change adaptation and mitigation in agriculture sector. Dr Shahid is an innovative thinker with a practical, solutions-oriented outlook. Experienced, soil and water testing laboratory manager, project and program developer, excellent leadership, coordination, networking, managerial and administrative skills, effective and confident communicator in English and high degree of computer and IT proficiency. He is member of editorial boards of many journals, executive boards, and presented his work at many international fora.