Areas of Expertise
Soil science, hydrology, environmental geophysics, salinity assessment and management, geophysical methods, irrigation and dryland salinity, geostatistical methods, soil use and management
1990 Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, The University of Sydney, Australia. Faculty of Agriculture.
1996 Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Sydney, Australia. Faculty of Agriculture.
#UNSWSoilScienceCentral2020 is interested in the development of digital soil maps (DSM) by coupling digital data to limited soil property data using mathematical models.
The digital data used includes proximal sensing electromagnetic (EM) induction and gamma-ray spectrometry instruments.
Commonly used mathematical models include the use of linear mixed models, wavelet analysis, machine learning and numerical clustering.
In doing so, the team is addressing problems of special significance in the field of soil and water use and management and interpretation at the field, farm, district and sub-catchment level.
At the present time, active research projects are with the Australian Federal Governments Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC) and Sugar Research Australia (SRA).
#UNSWSoilScienceCentral2020 is collaborating with
i) universities in Australia (Sydney, Monash and UWA) and internationally (Lisboa, Cordoba, Aarhus, UCRiverside and UWisconsin-Madison),
ii) research funding organisations based in New South Wales (Cotton Research and Development Corporation) and far north Queensland (Sugar Research Australia),
iii) industry bodies (e.g. Herbert Cane Productivity Services, Mossman Agriculture, Proserpine Productivity Services)
to develop practical outcomes for farmers to improve irrigation water use and fertiliser and ameliorant application rate efficiencies using Digital Soil Maps.
1991 Cotton Research and Development Corporation, Post-graduate Scholarship
2000 Australian Cotton CRC - Corporate Citizenship.
2001 Australian Cotton Growers Research Association - Researcher of the Year.
2011 OECD Travel Fellowship ULisboa (Lisboa, Portugal)
2016 OECD Travel Fellowship IFAPA (Cordoba, Spain)
2020 Australian-American Commission Fulbright Fellow (NMSU, Texas A&M, UMissouri, USDA, Purdue and Rutgers)
GEOS1211 - Environmental Earth Science (Course Co-ordinator)
GEOS2721 - Australian Surface Environments and Landforms
GEOS3721 - Australian Soil Use and Management (Course Co-ordinator)