Researcher biography

My work focuses on soil microbiological processes in sugarcane farming systems, particularly centred around soil health the nitrogen cycle. I am interested in alterations of soil biogeochemical cycles under different land uses, and using this information to devise more sustainable cropping systems. My research examines production rates and fluxes of soil nitrogen compounds in context of their availability to plants, and microbial activity and processes under different management and land uses. Sugarcane cropping systems in Australia have poor synchronisation of nitrogen application with crop demand, and poor soil health: my current projects examine creating and evaluating new 'slow release' nitrogen fertiliser formulations, and investigating soil biological health in sugarcane farms with contrasting management.

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Nutrient fluxes in soils

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