Participating Universities Program

The Participating Universities Program at SOM2019 is designed to support Student Participation at the Symposium through a series of Student Ambassadors that are supported by sponsorship from Australian Universities and Affiliates. The aim of the Program is to develop a network of well-connected, confident and early career researchers from across the globe to develop ‘new leaders’ in the field of SOM research for the future. The Program will allow for wide engagement of students at the meeting and for talented students to promote their research and skills through exposure to the International SOM community and to develop important global contacts. The support of the Participating Universities and involvement of the Student Ambassadors in the Symposium is welcomed and SOM2019 looks forward to engaging with students from across the globe.

STUDENT AMBASSADORS

Manjula Premaratne

Supported by Soil West

Manjula is a PhD student in the UWA School of Agriculture and Environment at the University of Western Australia. Manjula’s work funded in partnership with GRDC focusses on “quantifying nitrogen (N) pathways in soil and N uptake efficiency” in Western Australian cropping systems. Carbon: N ratio of organic matter (OM) often indicates how readily residues decompose, providing an indication of the amount, timing and rate of N release. Thus, this study investigates the influences of OM in different farming systems and at different depths on soil N release. Manjula received a MSc (First class honours) from Lincoln University, New Zealand. In addition to his BSc, he also has two graduate diplomas in Soil Science and Laboratory Technology.

SoilsWest is an independent entity focused on developing pathways for the discovery, development and application of soil research to improve both profitability and soil resource management across the Western Australian grains industry.

A partnership between the University of Western Australia (UWA) and Department of Primary Industries Western Australia (DPIRD) has extended to include highly skilled, independent soil science professionals from Murdoch University and CSIRO in WA.

SoilsWest works to develop and deliver strategic research projects supporting the WA and national grains industry through innovative soil research, providing complementary scientific and research capabilities, research and industry networks, education, infrastructure and technology.

Basharat Ali

Supported by Federation University

Basharat is pursuing his 2nd PhD on the topic of “Value Proposition for Australian Digital Agriculture, with a Focus on Precision Agriculture”. He is a PhD in Tech, Ops & Logistics Mgmt. from Malaysia. He relates to almost fifteen years of national and international experience in academia, training, mgmt. and industry consultancy. Also, he has conducted academic trainings and workshops on research methods (from research design to data analysis through latest Structural Equation Modelling approaches and SPSS), for post-grad students and academicians. He has numerous international publications, published with Scopus and peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings to his credit.

Federation University Australia (FedUni) is Australia’s newest university built on a history of success and a strong tradition of education and training, spanning nearly 150 years. FedUni is the nation’s first regional, multi-sector university and the third oldest site of higher learning in Australia. With campuses in Ballarat, Berwick, Brisbane, Gippsland, the Wimmera, we deliver high quality, vocational and higher education programs that equip our 23,000 national and international student population with the knowledge, skills and aptitude for further studies, employment and to be effective global citizens. FedUni has a strong research track record and conducts internationally recognised, world-class research across a number of key focus areas.

Elizabeth Coonan

Supported by Fenner School of Environment and Society

Elizabeth Coonan is a PhD student with the Australian National University Fenner School of Environment and Society and CSIRO Agriculture and Food based in Canberra. Her main research interest is soil organic matter in pasture crop rotation systems with a focus on the impact of liming, nutrient addition, and cultivation on soil organic matter when acid pasture soils are converted to cropping. She has an undergraduate degree in Science and Engineering from the Australian National University.

The Fenner School of Environment & Society is a world-leading centre for cross-disciplinary environmental and sustainability research, education and policy-relevant advice. Our research focuses on providing reliable scientific, sociological and institutional knowledge to inform sustainable food and water policies and improve the management, use and conservation of natural resources. Our cross-disciplinary education programs are designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills and practical experience they need to address complex environmental issues and support sustainable futures.

Elaine Mitchell

Supported by Queensland University of Technology

Elaine is currently a student at Queensland University of Technology. Her PhD focuses on using isotopically labelled biomass to trace the fate of above-ground residues to SOC and GHGs. Elaine completed her undergraduate and Masters education in the UK (Durham University and Cambridge University). Prior to her PhD, Elaine worked in the EU-CDM framework, initiating and maintaining agro-forestry projects in developing countries.

Anne Yusuf

Supported by RMIT University

Anne is a Masters student of the Environmental Science and Technology department at RMIT University. Anne is passionate about peatlands and her current research focuses on assessing the relationship between the chemistry and physics of peatlands in Australia and Canada and to explore the uptake mechanism of amino acids by peatland micro-organisms. This will enable stakeholders involved in the restoration and sustainable management of peatlands, decide if the same principles can be applicable to both countries. Anne has worked in different areas of environmental science including meteorology, conservation, disaster management and environmental health and safety.  She is also a good facilitator and has facilitated numerous peer mentoring sessions. Anne has a Bachelor of Technology (honours) in Environmental Science and looks forward to pursuing further studies (PhD) on peatlands in different parts of the world.

Mary Garrard

Supported by University of New England

Mary Garrard has recently joined the Terrestrial Carbon Research Group as a Ph.D. candidate at the University of New England. Her research involves the effects of seabird nutrient subsidy on soil development, organic matter status and vegetative patterns on offshore islands in New South Wales. Seabirds modify soils through trampling, burrow excavation and nutrient subsidy associated with large amounts of excreta. These behaviours alter organic matter and specifically C and N storage in the soil, which ultimately lead to changes in surrounding plant communities. Mary’s research aims to elucidate biogeochemical interactions on these islands and provide guidance to NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service on effective ecological management strategies.

Mary has previously contributed to research projects regarding the response of litter and soil organic matter to prescribed fire on coastal strands and barrier island geomorphology in Florida, USA. She has also studied regenerative agriculture on a self-sustaining small-scale tropical farming system in the Caribbean, and has since ventured to UNE to continue in her studies in coastal soils and various ecosystem dynamics.

Located between Sydney and Brisbane in the beautiful New England region, the University of New England is the premier provider of soil, environmental, agricultural and animal science education and research in Australia. The Faculty of Science, Agriculture, Business and Law at UNE has more than 340 academic, professional and research staff with more than 400 postgraduate students enrolled in research Masters or PhD programs. With unrivalled research capabilities, equipment, laboratory facilities and SMART Farms, UNE offers significant opportunities for collaborative research projects. Our extensive networks of research partners include key agencies both national and international to deliver research outcomes of global significance and impact.

Ivanah Oliver

Supported by University of New England

Ivanah is a PhD student at the University of New England. Her PhD focus is the “Quantity and Spatial Distribution of Root Carbon Inputs into the Soil.” Ivanah is using carbon isotopes and computer tomography techniques to investigate the contribution and influence of roots to the SOC pool. Ivanah has a Bachelor of Agriculture (Hons) from the University of Melbourne. Prior to her PhD, Ivanah worked for the Victorian State Government on various Soil Organic Carbon and Nitrous Oxide projects.

Located between Sydney and Brisbane in the beautiful New England region, the University of New England is the premier provider of soil, environmental, agricultural and animal science education and research in Australia. The Faculty of Science, Agriculture, Business and Law at UNE has more than 340 academic, professional and research staff with more than 400 postgraduate students enrolled in research Masters or PhD programs. With unrivalled research capabilities, equipment, laboratory facilities and SMART Farms, UNE offers significant opportunities for collaborative research projects. Our extensive networks of research partners include key agencies both national and international to deliver research outcomes of global significance and impact.

Carmen R. Carmona

Supported by Lincoln University

Carmen R. Carmona is a PhD student at Lincoln University, New Zealand. Her PhD focuses on the effects of irrigation on the storage and partitioning of carbon under grazed pasture-soil system, applying stable isotopes. She received her Master degree in Environmental Engineering at the University of Barcelona, and her B.Sc. in Environmental Science from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Carmen’s future research interest is focused on exploring and developing sustainable and resilient food systems by understanding the interactions between plant and soil in agricultural ecosystems.

Lincoln University have been teaching agriculture for 140 years. But as New Zealand’s economy has grown ever more diverse, we have kept pace. This means we can offer a perfect balance of credibility, experience and future-focus with our range of specialised areas, which include agriculture, horticulture, winemaking and grape-growing, business, property and valuation, environmental management, tourism, sport and recreation and landscape architecture.  Rather than trying to spread ourselves too thinly, we put our resources into what we’re truly best at. Our history is with the land and this is where our future lies. However, land-based activity relates strongly to the way we treat the planet, so our focus is on sustainable practices to ensure that productivity does not come at the expense of the environment.

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SOIL ORGANIC MATTER

7th International Symposium
Soil Organic Matter

6 – 11 October 2019

Hilton Adelaide

Adelaide, South Australia

Australia

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