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 agro-ecosystems at the interface of plants, microbes and soil. Current and past research projects:

  • Environmentally responsive bio-composite fertilisers (CI Bronwyn Laycock, Advance QLD Industry Partnership)
  • Ultrahigh-resolution remote sensing for assessing biodiversity hotspots (CI Arko Lucieer, ARC DP)
  • Effective microbial biostimulants in horticulture (with Phil Hugenholtz, Neena Mitter, Paul Dennis, Elizabeth Aitken)
  • New technologies and managements: transforming nitrogen use efficiency in cane production. (CI Matt Redding QLD DAF)
  • Recycled phosphorus from waste streams as efficient P sources for agriculture (with German collaborators, DAAD)
  • NextGen fertilisers and nutrient stewardship - repurposing and efficiently formulating nutrient-rich wastes
  • License to farm - nitrogen use efficiency sugarcane (CIs Prakash Lakshmanan and Nicole Robinson)
  • Developing sugarcane-legume companion cropping systems (Schmidt, Robinson, Ferguson, others)
  • Spinifex desert grass - ecophysiology, nano-cellulose for novel biomaterials(PhD student Lisa Xian, CI Darren Martin)
  • Soil carbon sequestration - the role of soil microbesi n tropical reforestation (Mark Bonner)
  • Nitrogen use efficiency in sorghum (PhD student Belinda Worland)
  • Beneficial microbes to enhance future crop systems (PhD student Shelby Berg)
  • Understanding soil carbon sequestration with soil chronosequences (PhD student Andrew Jones)
  • Organic nitrogen in sugarcane systems (PhD student Scott Buckley)
  • Advancing Livestock Waste as Low Emission-High Efficiency Fertilizers (CI Dr Matt Redding QLD DAF)
  • Ecogenomic profiling of Queensland sugarcane soils for sustainable bioproduction and carbon capture (CI Ragan, Hugenholtz, Schmidt)
  • Functional response of Triodia in the spinifex grasslands of arid Australia (Schmidt, PhD student Xian)
  • Towards sustainable bioproduction systems: harnessing organic nitrogen for plant growth (Schmidt, Paungfoo-Lonhienne, Rentsch, Naesholm)
  • Harnessing Soil Biology (Schmidt, Schenk)
  • Climate Change Adaptation - Rainforest Biodiversity & Climate Change
Featured projects Duration
Cyanobacteria-encapsulated seeds and inoculated substrate to promote seed germination
Plant growth on a liquid fertiliser recovered from human urine
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
Optimising plant growth on UGold, a liquid fertiliser recovered from human urine
Nutrient fluxes in soils
Bio-banking to harness beneficial soil microbes and supply natural nitrogen fertiliser to rangelands
20182022
Organic nutrients for plants
Can the use of wastewater precipitation products solve the phosphorous deficit in Australian organic farming systems?
Next-generation fertilisers for nutrient stewardship
20182022
Determining the status of on-farm composting in Queensland
Cyclotides in the plant-soil-microbe interface
Determine the risk of root crops encapsulating physical impurites contained in compost products
Better sugarcane to save the reef
Identifying product development options for composted chicken manure
Aquatic sedges in the spotlight
Did suppressive composts find their way from the lab into the field?
The hunger game: agriculture meets education
Cyanobacterial community shifts in a savannah fire chronosequence, Kidman Springs, NT
Beneficial microbes for healthy crops
Modelling drivers of biocrust species distribution across Australia
Analysing nitrification inhibitors

Areas of research