Soil and Landscape Science
We conduct theoretical, methodological and applied research to improve understanding of soil processes and the drivers of soil and landscape variability at different spatial and temporal scales. Our research aims to better understand, assess and monitor soil functions, which help to deliver ecosystem services that enable life on Earth.
- Research opportunity – We have a new opportunity for an outstanding PhD scholar to study the effects of biodiversity and climate change on soil organic carbon – More details here.
- New publication – Distinct controls over the temporal dynamics of soil carbon fractions after land use change by Luo, Viscarra Rossel & Shi, Global Change Biology – access the paper here.
- New publication – Soil carbon simulation confounded by different pool initialisation by Lee & Viscarra Rossel, 2019, Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems – access the paper here.
- Best paper award –The Pedometrics Commission of the International Union of Soil Science has awarded the best paper in pedometrics 2018 to
T. Behrens, K. Schmidt, R.A. MacMillan, R.A. Viscarra Rossel for the paper titled ‘Multi-scale digital soil mapping with deep learning’, published in the journal Scientific Reports 8: 15244 – access the paper here.
- New publication – Continental-scale soil carbon composition and vulnerability modulated by regional environmental controls by Viscarra Rossel, Lee, Behrens, Luo et al, 2019, Nature Geoscience – access the paper here.
- Soil carbon science
- Integrated accounting and monitoring of soil and landscape functions
- Proximal sensing of soil properties that affect soil health and condition
- Soil-landscape modelling and digital soil mapping
- Improved representation of soil carbon and nutrient cycling in simulation models
- Impacts of global change on soil carbon capture and storage
- Global soil spectroscopy
*Wordcloud created from the abstracts of the most recent publications from the group.
Professor Raphael Viscarra Rossel
Raphael is a soil scientist who’s work helps to better understand and predict how soil functions respond to climate and anthropogenic change. He’s particularly interested in carbon sequestration, the preservation of biodiversity, nutrient cycling and food production. He develops new methods for measuring, mapping and monitoring soil, and uses empirical and mechanistic models for prediction at relevant spatial and temporal scales. After 11 years at CSIRO, Raphael moved to Curtin in 2019 to create new research capacity in soil and landscape science.
Dr Juhwan Lee
Juhwan’s research focuses on the effects of climate and land use change on soil carbon and nitrogen cycling. His general approach is to use empirical and biogeochemical modelling to predict the complex interactions between soil, plants, carbon storage and greenhouse gas emissions in agroecological systems across different spatial and temporal scales. Juhwan joined Curtin in 2019 after time at CSIRO.
Zefang’s research so far has focused on the development of exoskeletons for lower limb and finger rehabilitation, and new methods for energy efficient human locomotion. Zefang’s interests extend to the development of efficient systems for environmental assessment.
Mervin (Pogs) Manalili
Pogs’ PhD research will contribute to improving our understanding of the nature, composition, and dynamics of soil organic carbon. Pogs has a background in soil science and land and water resources engineering. He has collated about 10 years of agricultural research experience in agronomy, crop physiology, soil physics, and soil-water management aspects of tropical rice-based cropping systems at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).
Dr Yuanyuan Yang
Yuanyuan Yang’s research focuses on developing a better understanding of the geographic distribution of soil microbial communities and their role in biogeochemical cycles. Her interest also extend to developing machine learning models with spectroscopy, remote sensing and digital maps to predict and map the distribution of soil microbial communities.
Mr Vitor da Silveira Freitas
Vitor’s PhD research focuses on the evaluation of near and mid-infrared spectroscopy, laser induced fluorescence (LIF) and laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) for the quantification of soil properties with relation to crop productivity. His interest extend to the quantification of soil organic matter quality, and spectroscopic modelling to predict soil physical and chemical properties. His visit is part of a collaboration between Curtin’s Soil and Landscape Science Group with the University of Sao Paulo (IQSC) / Embrapa Instrumentation.
Dr Lu Xu
Lu is a lecturer at Jiangsu Normal University in Xuzhou province, China. His expertise is in the application of remote sensing and geographic information systems in soil science, and ecology. His research focuses on the retrieval of soil information from spectra and digital images to predict soil degradation processes such as salinisation.
An opportunity is available in our group for an outstanding PhD scholar in the area of soil carbon. The overall aim of this project is to understand better and to predict the effects of biodiversity and climate change on soil organic C capture and sequestration in the Australian rangelands. The two main activities will involve: (i) experiments to research the links between plant C inputs and the pathways and mechanisms of soil C formation and loss, and (ii) study of the influences of environmental and edaphic (biotic and abiotic) factors on soil organic C storage, plant diversity, productivity, and the interrelationships among these factors across ecological gradients. The successful candidate will gain experience in field and laboratory experimentation, current methodologies for soil C accounting, modern methods of soil and plant analysis, statistical analyses and modelling.
- Emeritus Professor Richard Webster, Rothamsted Research, UK
- Professor Zhou Shi, Zhejiang University, China
- Dr Thorsten Behrens, University of Tubingen, Germany
- Professor Jose Dematte, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
- Dr Dick Brus, Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands
- Dr Craig Lobsey, University of Southern Queensland
- Dr Zhongkui Luo, Zhejiang University, China
- Associate Professor Viacheslav Adamchuk, McGill University, Canada
- Professor Johan Six, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
- Mr Philipp Baumann, ETH Zürich, Switzerland.
- Dr Yingping Wang, CSIRO
- Dr Andrew Bissett, CSIRO
- Dr Jeff Baldock, CSIRO