Soil science, hydrology, environmental geophysics, salinity assessment and management, geophysical methods, irrigation and dryland salinity, geostatistical methods, soil use and management
Field of Research (FoR)
#UNSWSoilScienceCentral2020 is interested in the development of digital soil maps (DSM) by coupling digital data to limited soil property data using mathematical models. The digital data includes proximal sensing electromagnetic (EM) induction and gamma-ray spectrometry instruments. Commonly used mathematical models include the use of linear mixed models, wavelet analysis, machine learning and numerical clustering. In doing so, the team is...view more
#UNSWSoilScienceCentral2020 is interested in the development of digital soil maps (DSM) by coupling digital data to limited soil property data using mathematical models. The digital data includes proximal sensing electromagnetic (EM) induction and gamma-ray spectrometry instruments. Commonly used mathematical models include the use of linear mixed models, wavelet analysis, machine learning and numerical clustering. In doing so, the team is addressing problems of special significance in the field of soil and water use and management and interpretation at the field, farm, district and sub-catchment level. At the present time, active research projects are with the Australian Federal Governments Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC) and Sugar Research Australia (SRA).
#UNSWSoilScienceCentral2020 has achieved research funding success
i) Managing soil variability in sugarcane. Sugar Research Australia ($355,551).
ii) Where does water go? Cotton Research and Development Corporation ($135,000).
iii) Improving crop yield in sugarcane using DSM. NRM Terrain ($100,000).
iv) Salinity and sodicity mapping in 3D. Australia India Council ($50,000).
v) Proximal soil sensors. UNSW MREII ($180,373).
vi) LGR dissolved gas extraction system. UNSW MREII ($99,165).
vii) Web-GIS. NHT National Competitive Component ($255,000).
#UNSWSoilScienceCentral2020 has the following qualifications
1990 - BSc.Agr, The University of Sydney, Australia.
1996 - PhD, The University of Sydney, Australia.
#UNSWSoilScienceCentral2020 has achieved the following awards
1991 - Cotton Research and Development Corporation, Post-graduate Scholarship
2000 - Australian Cotton CRC - Corporate Citizenship.
2001 - Australian Cotton Growers Research Association - Researcher of the Year.
2011 - OECD Travel Fellowship ULisboa (Lisboa, Portugal)
2016 - OECD Travel Fellowship IFAPA (Cordoba, Spain)
2020 - Australian-American Commission Fulbright Fellow (NMSU, Texas A&M, UMissouri, USDA, Purdue, Rutgers)
My Research Activities
#UNSWSoilScienceCentral2020 is collaborating with
i) universities in Australia (e.g. Sydney) and internationally (e.g. Lisboa),
ii) funding organisations based in NSW (CRDC) and Queensland (SRA),
iii) industry bodies (e.g. Herbert Cane Productivity Services)
to develop practical outcomes for farmers to improve irrigation water use and fertiliser and ameliorant application rate efficiencies using Digital Soil Maps.
My Research Supervision
Areas of supervision
#UNSWSoilScienceCentral2020 is interested in the following general areas
i) Soil science (including soil/water use and management)
ii) Digital soil mapping (at field, farm and district level)
iii) Pedometrics (geostatistical and machine learning)
iv) Proximal soil sensing (EM induction and gamma-ray spectrometry)
v) Precision Agriculture (fertilisers and ameliorants)
#UNSWSoilScienceCentral2020 encourages students from Australia and Internationally including the fabulous
Maryem Arshad (PhD candidate) – Application of proximal soil sensing to sugarcane
Tibet Khongnawang (PhD candidate) – DSM in Thailand to manage salinity
Nan Li (PhD candidate) – Using geophysical techniques in sugarcane
Muddassar Muzzamal (MPhil candidate) – Mapping particle size using pedometrics
Jie Wang (PhD student) – DSM in sugarcane and cotton
Ehsan Zare (PhD candidate) – Time-lapse moisture monitoring in irrigated cotton fields
Dongxue Zhao (PhD candidate) – Develop spectral libraries for sugar and cotton areas
Xueyu Zhao (MPhil student) – 3-d mapping of clay content in the Ashley irrigation district
#UNSWSoilScienceCentral2020 teaches soil science in the following courses
i) GEOS1211 - Environmental Earth Science (Course Co-ordinator)
ii) GEOS1111 - Fundamentals of Geology (Lecturer)
iii) GEOS2721 - Australian Surface Environments and Landforms (Lecturer)
iv) GEOS3721 - Australian Soil Use and Management (Course Co-ordinator)