Prof. Tim Cavagnaro is Professor of Soil Ecology in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, of The University of Adelaide, where he is also Deputy Head of School (Research). Tim’s research is focused on soil ecological processes, with an emphasis on the impacts of land management and environmental change on soil ecosystem services. His work focuses on soil microbiomes, soil carbon sequestration and plant microbe interactions, in systems ranging from vineyards to urban agriculture. Spanning the science-policy interface is also a key feature in his work. You can learn more about Tim’s research activities here.
Dr Thomas Lines is Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine. Before starting his Postdoc at UofA, Tom graduated his PhD in freshwater ecology at Monash University. He also has undergraduate degrees in chemical engineering and biotechnology. Tom is currently managing four trial sites throughout South Australia, collecting and analysing data on microbiomes, soil and plant physiology to better understand how management of the under-vine area in vineyards affects productivity and soil health. He is passionate about applied science and providing value to the hard working grape growers that fund his research. You can learn more about Tom’s research here.
Dr Matthias (Matt) Salomon is a recent PhD graduate with previous degrees in agri- and horticultural-sciences. His PhD thesis focuses on soil health in urban agriculture with an emphasis on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF). This work involved soil testing of various urban agriculture sites in the metropolitan area of Adelaide. Soils were tested towards safety and fertility, and, whether crop productivity can be bolstered using beneficial microorganisms, such as AMF. Matt has a strong interest in applied research and the application of hypotheses within real-life scenarios. This involves the cooperation with stakeholders and farmers, as well as extensive field work. As an extension of his interest in applied research, Matt is working as a carbon accountant to facilitate the sustainable development of businesses. You can learn more about Mats’ research here.
Nikki Dumbrell is a Research Associate in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine and a PhD Candidate in the Centre for Global Food and Resources, School of Economics and Public Policy at The University of Adelaide. Nikki’s PhD thesis explores links between the social licence to operate, economics and decision-making with particular focus applied to the agricultural and energy industries. Nikki also holds a Bachelor of Science (Environmental and Natural Resource Economics) from The University of Western Australia. Nikki is currently working on a project concerned with identifying (and describing the evidence base for) agricultural management practices that sequester carbon on farms, and their co-benefits. You can learn more about Nikki’s research here.
Joseph (Joe) Marks is a PhD student with previous degrees in Ecology, Geography and International Studies. His PhD research focuses broadly on under-vine (grapevine) floor management practices across several vineyard sites in South Australia. Specifically, his research focuses on the influence of cover crops on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, soil organic carbon dynamics and plant litter decomposition. Joe’s primary aim is to communicate with grape-growers to better understand challenges and convey the outcomes of his research to enhance sustainability within the Australian wine industry. Joe has a strong interest in exploring the ecological intensification of agroecosystems – applying ecological thinking to practical solutions in industry. Joe aims to focus more intensely on quantifying soil-carbon dynamics throughout South Australian vineyards and other agroecosystems.
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