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Andrew Rate

Since I was a kid I’ve been interested in science, chemistry and metals, and somewhere along the way I became interested in soils and Earth science in general. These early (and persistent) interests have matured into a specialisation in the chemistry of soils, regolith, and sediments, with a particu

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Andy Whiteley

I received my PhD in Marine Biology in 1995 and my first post-doctoral position was at Newcastle University where I conducted research in both the medical and agricultural areas in the emerging field of molecular biology. Molecular biology for use in environmental applications was in its infancy at

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Angelo Loi

Angelo has expertise in pasture legumes, seed ecology, farming systems, pasture agronomy, biserrula, serradella, clovers and pasture establishment. He has spent the past 20 years studying the complexity of the southern Australian Mediterranean farming systems and ways to improve its sustainability.

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Bindi Isbister

Working in agriculture research and extension since 2001 has created strong networks that are being used to develop solutions and communicate outcomes for the GRDC funded project 'Minimising the effect of compaction on crop yield' (DAW00243). Key expertise in extension, soil compaction, controlled t

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Chris Gazey

I have expertise in liming and soil pH interactions, managing soil constraints and, in particular, assisting growers to better manage soil acidity. Together with collaborators we are working to provide evidence based, long-term information on the benefits of removing subsurface acidity as a constrai

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Craig Scanlan

I’m working on soil fertility with a focus on the changes that grain producers can make to improve their profitability. My research interest is in how plants and soils interact and recently I have worked on the interactions between soil constraints, soil acidity and soil water repellence, and crop g

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Daniel Kidd

I am a full time UWA employee working on a national project on phosphorous efficient pastures and am also a part time PhD candidate at UWA with my research project "Edaphic and climatic factors limiting the production and persistence of Ornithopus species and Trifolium subterraneum 

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Daniel Murphy

I am interested in how ecosystems function. I study how agricultural and natural environments are impacted by humans and climate change. My particular focus is on soil-plant-microbial interactions and their impact on carbon and nutrient cycles and associated greenhouse gas emissions. My expertise is

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David Hall

Key capability in identifying soil chemical and physical limitations to crop growth, applying and testing soil management solutions, developing and leading projects with industry, extending information to the agricultural and scientific communities. My current focus is on subsoil constraints to p

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Deirdre Gleeson

I am a microbial ecologist based in the UWA School of Agriculture and Environment. My research spans both natural and managed ecosystems across terrestrial and aquatic environments. I am particularly interested in how we can better manage the soil microbiome of agricultural ecosystems for increased

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Frances Hoyle

Currently working to improve the connectivity of science with industry and landholders to increase the impact of investments in developing soil science knowledge and practical solutions for the agricultural industry. Bringing together soil scientists, industry and students to identify and develop pr

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Gaus Azam

Growing up on a remote family farm in Bangladesh inspired me to pursue my career in agricultural sciences. I have since completed three academic degrees from top-ranked universities, and recently became a Certified Professional Soil Scientist (ASSS). Southern Australia soils inspire me because of

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Glen Riethmuller

I have more than 34 years experience in agricultural research on cereal and pulse crops in Western Australia. I am originally from a "black soil" farm near Toowoomba, Qld where I completed my  Ag. Engineering degree. I moved to the USA to do a masters degree in Ag. Engineering and now I'm working in

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Glenn McDonald

I am an Albany based research officer working in crop and soil science in the southern WA wheatbelt. Over more than 20 years I have accumulated a wide range of skills and experiences including research methodology, oat agronomy, cereal physiology (waterlogging, drought), soil health, developing prac

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Karen Holmes

I work with a team of soil, water, and data scientists, supplying advice and information products to increase agricultural production and efficiency, and decrease environmental risks.  My goal is to make soil information more accessible and easy to use. To achieve this, I lead methods development to

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Ken Flower

I have a broad background in agriculture, having worked in a number of countries, on different crops and research fields. Consequently, I take a systems approach in my research that considers the soil, plants, atmosphere and management systems. My main focus is on conservation agriculture (no-tillag

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Louise Barton

After spending many childhood hours following the lives of ants on farms, and wondering what their underground homes held, it is probably not surprising that I became a soil scientist. I have spent much of my professional career researching nitrogen cycling in various land-uses. My research has f

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Lyn Abbott

My expertise includes soil biological processes associated with nutrient acquisition by plants, soil chemical fertility and microbial diversity, bio-physical processes involved in soil aggregation, microbial responses to fertilisers, microbial response to soil amendments (including biostimulants), a

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Matthias Leopold

I am a soil geomorphologist at the UWA School of Agriculture and Environment focusing on soils as geoarchives. Frequently used methods for my studies include soil and geomorphic mapping, shallow geophysics, various laboratory methods such as XRD, XRF and others. Integrating knowledge from pedolog

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Mohammed Bennamoun

Mohammed Bennamoun is currently a Winthrop Professor at the School of Computer Science and Software Engineering at The University of Western Australia. His primary research and development is in computer vision (object recognition and biometrics), robotics, machine/deep learning, signal/image proces

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Phil Ward

I have always been interested in the soil, and especially how it interacts with water and plant growth. The agricultural areas of southern Australia rely almost entirely on rainfall, and so it is important that the interaction between soil, water and plant is managed properly. This has two facets: w

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Richard Bell

I am a specialist in Soil Fertility and Land Management  with lecturing and research experience in Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Fiji,  Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. My interests are in plant nutrition on problem soils, soil management, management of sandy soil

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Shahab Pathan

I am part of a team working on a GRDC funded project addressing ‘Subsoil Constraints – Understanding and Management’ within DPIRD's Soil Productivity program. I've been based at Merredin with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) since April 2004. I have a broad un

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Stephen Davies

Research focuses on i) providing practical tools and options for grain growers to better manage water repellent soils and ii) interactions and importance of other soil and agronomic constraints associated with WA’s sandplain soils. Based at DAFWA in Geraldton, I lead an integrated soil water repe

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Tony O'Donnell

Soils are complex, multi-organism systems that have become amenable to analysis through the expansion of post-genomic technologies into environmental genomics. Central my research is the need to understand the functional consequences of the interactions between biological complexity (e.g. bacteria,

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Wayne Parker

I am a research and development officer for a number of Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) projects delivering to clients throughout the state. I enjoy working with growers, grower groups and the GRDC to develop solutions to agronomy challenges. I have been building

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Zakaria Solaiman

My work as a research fellow in an ARC (Australian Research Council) linkage grant project is focused on “Characterisation of soil microbial interactions for increased efficacy of herbicides using novel fertiliser management practices”. This project works with industry toward applied outcomes and ac

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