Soil and Landscape Science

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.


News and latest activity

  • New publication – The cost-effectiveness of reflectance spectroscopy for estimating soil organic carbon, European Journal of Soil Science – access the paper here.
  • New publication – Assessing the response of soil carbon in Australia to changing inputs and climate using a consistent modelling framework, Biogeosciences – access the paper here.
  • New publication – Wavelet geographically weighted regression for spectroscopic modelling of soil properties, Scientific Reports – access the paper here.
  • New publication – Automated spectroscopic modelling with optimised convolutional neural networks by Shen and Viscarra Rossel, Scientific Reports– access the paper 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.

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Current research

  • 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.

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Our people

 

Professor Raphael Viscarra Rossel

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, machine learning and mechanistic models for prediction at relevant spatial and temporal scales. He is a Clarivate Analytics highly-cited researcher, has received numerous awards and has supervised and co-supervised many undergraduate and postgraduate students. Raphael serves as associate editor of the European Journal of Soil Science and in the Editorial Advisory Board of Global Change Biology. After 11 years at CSIRO, Raphael moved to Curtin in 2019 to create new research capacity in soil and landscape science.

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Zefang Shen

Dr Zefang Shen

Zefang’s PhD research focused on the development of exoskeletons for lower limb and finger rehabilitation and methods for energy efficient human locomotion. Zefang’s current research is in the development of novel machine learning and optimisation for soil and environmental assessment.

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Lewis Walden

Dr Lewis Walden

Lewis’ PhD research focussed on the impact of disturbance (drought and wildfire) on forest structure and carbon sequestration. Lewis’ interests are broad but are underpinned by an interest in measuring, mapping and monitoring systems at a landscape scale, particularly in relation to management and disturbance.

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Mingxi Zhang

Dr Mingxi Zhang

Mingxi’s PhD research focused on micro-climate prediction with hybrid models. Mingxi’s current research is the understanding of soil organic dynamics and its response to climate change. His interest are also in the use of remote sensing and big data for better understanding of soil and environmental condition.

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Students

Mervin (Pogs) Manalili

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).

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Yang (Teresa) Hu

Teresa’s PhD research aims to investigate methods to characterise and understand soil health more effectively. She will explore the development of ‘next-generation’ soil health indicators with sensing technologies and machine learning and an integrative framework that considers soil physical, chemical and biological properties.

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Visiting and past researchers

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.

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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.

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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.

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Research opportunities

Please check back for currently available research opportunities in our group or contact Prof. Viscarra Rossel directly r.viscarra-rossel@curtin.edu.au

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Collaborators

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