Teaching and Development

  • AGRC1040 Food for a Healthy Planet
  • BIOL2203 Plant Biology
  • BIOL2015 Field Ecology
  • BIOL3200 Capstone Plant Biology
  • BIOL2201 Australia’s Terrestrial Environment
  • BIOL3204 Plant Adaptation and Ecophysiology

Researcher biography

Susanne leads a vibrant team researching natural ecosystems and agroecosystems focussed on plants, microbes and soil. This aims to advance the circular nutrient economy, the restoration of degraded soils and landscapes, and the sustainable use of Australia's flora.

Active projects:

  • A Deadly Solution: Combining Traditional Knowledge and Western Science for an Indigenous-led Bushfood Industry (ARC Discovery-Indigenous)
  • Realising Smart Compost Formulations (Fight Food Waste CRC)
  • Boosting the natural regeneration of the nitrogen capital in grazing lands (Meat & Livestock Australia)
  • Validating novel phosphorus formulations augmented with beneficial microbes (Innovation Connections Partnership, EcoGrowth)
  • From food waste to smart compost formulations (Fight Food Waste CRC, Peats Soils)
  • Re-carbonising soils (ARC Industry Transformation Training Centre 'Transforming Biosolids')
  • The integrated bio-economy project and the controlled biosphere (ARC Linkages)
  • Ultrahigh-resolution remote sensing for assessing biodiversity hotspots (ARC Discovery)

Completed projects

  • Environmentally responsive bio-composite fertilisers
  • Ecofriendly fertilisers for sustainable farming
  • Effective microbial biostimulants in horticulture
  • New technologies and management: transforming nitrogen use efficiency in cane production
  • Recycled phosphorus from waste streams as efficient sources for agriculture
  • License to farm - nitrogen use efficiency in sugarcane production
  • Developing sugarcane-legume companion cropping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Spinifex desert grass - ecophysiology and nano-cellulose production for novel biomaterials
  • The role of soil microbes to restore soil carbon in tropical reforestation
  • Soil carbon sequestration in the Cooloola Biosphere chronosequence
  • Advancing Livestock Waste as Low Emission-High Efficiency Fertilizers
  • Ecogenomic profiling of Queensland sugarcane soils
Featured projects Duration
Cyanobacteria-encapsulated seeds and inoculated substrate to promote seed germination
Plant growth on a liquid fertiliser recovered from human urine
From waste to reversing climate change: rebuilding soil organic matter
20212024
Burning to Manage Feathertop Wiregrass in Mitchell Grass Pastures
Cyanobacteria-enriched or post-burn substrate nutrient shifts across a fire chronosequence
Spinifex (Triodia): Australia’s desert grass as a source of high-performance bio-materials
Propagation and production methods for native Australian plants for bushfood and ornamental horticulture
Australian Research Council
20212025
Optimising plant growth on UGold, a liquid fertiliser recovered from human urine
Eco-friendly fertilisers for sustainable farming
20192022
Nutrient fluxes in soils
Validating novel fertiliser formulations for nutrient stewardship
Bio-banking to harness beneficial soil microbes and supply natural nitrogen fertiliser to rangelands
20182022
Recycled phosphorus for efficient next-generation fertilisers
Organic nutrients for plants
Next-generation fertilisers for organic and regenerative farming
20222024
Can the use of wastewater precipitation products solve the phosphorous deficit in Australian organic farming systems?
Unravelling the sorghum rhizosphere
2019
Next-generation fertilisers for nutrient stewardship
20182022
Developing a novel approach for protecting rare rainforest plants from extinction
20222023
Determining the status of on-farm composting in Queensland
Berry waste as foundation for next-generation fertilisers and soil ameliorants
2019
Cyclotides in the plant-soil-microbe interface
Next generation fertilisers: recyclates and organics engineered for efficiency
20222024
Determine the risk of root crops encapsulating physical impurites contained in compost products
Towards green agriculture: evaluating the effects of organic nutrients and bioi-fertilisers on microbial communities, crops and soil
20192022
Better sugarcane to save the reef
Identifying product development options for composted chicken manure
Growing clean air
2020
Aquatic sedges in the spotlight
Did suppressive composts find their way from the lab into the field?
Optimising plant nutrition for crop architecture and fruit quality in indoor farms
20212024
The hunger game: agriculture meets education
Cyanobacterial community shifts in a savannah fire chronosequence, Kidman Springs, NT
Remote sensing to inform the sustainable use of Australia's northern rangelands
Beneficial microbes for healthy crops
Modelling drivers of biocrust species distribution across Australia
Nitrogen in Oceania: improving livelihoods and sustainability with efficiency and circularity
Analysing nitrification inhibitors

Areas of research