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Toward Sustainable Landscapes: Phosphorus Management to Protect Wetlands

Greening Australia
University of Western Australia

Wetlands

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Assoc. Prof Megan Ryan (UWA) is leading the project team and directly oversees the daily activities of the ADPI fellow, UWA-based PhD and honours students and the technician. She is also responsible for maintaining a clear focus to industry needs in the research activities while ensuring the science is novel and of world-class quality. Megan has 12 years postdoctoral experience working on AMF, plant P nutrition and novel perennial pastures, including native species, at scales ranging from farm-level agronomy to fine-scale plant physiology. She has 41 peer reviewed journal publications and has managed numerous grants and supervised 6 PhD students to completion at UWA since being appointed in 2003.

Mark Tibbett (Director of Centre for Land Rehabilitation, UWA) has 19 years experience as a soil scientist and has published over 68 peer-reviewed papers. For the last 8 years Mark has lead a group at UWA working on the fate of fertiliser P in agricultural and restored ecosystems. He has previously managed laboratories and led research groups in the UK and at CSIRO.

Assis. Prof. Rachel Standish (UWA) is a plant ecologist with over 10 years postdoctoral research experience including its application to environmental management. Her recent work includes a study of the legacy effects of P-fertiliser on abandoned farmlands. Rachel’s role will be to assist with the conceptual development of the research, preparation of manuscripts and co-supervision of students.

Prof. Richard Harper (Alcoa Chair in Sustainable Water Management, Murdoch University) has extensive experience (30 years) in hydrological systems, forestry and the soils of southern WA. Richard’s involvement in the project will be primarily in the field monitoring.

Dr. Edward Barrett-Lennard (Principal Research Officer, DAFWA) is expert in ecophysiology of plant growth in waterlogged and saline landscapes and enzymatic responses of plants to P-deficiency. Ed has more than 30 years postdoctoral research experience, working much of time on-site in WA farming systems.

Grey Mackay currently manages the Peel program for Greening Australia. Grey has over 10 years experience in relationship and program management.

Martin von Kaschke (Greening Australia) currently manages the on-ground operations in the Peel within the Greening Australia and Alcoa partnership with a strong focus on underpinning restoration plantings with applied science. Martin has 15 years of experience through Sub Saharan Southern Africa and South East Asia focusing on establishing and managing high profile protected areas. Martin has recently submitted a MSc thesis (University of Free State, South Africa).

Dr. Carlos Ocampo (Research Assistant Professor, Centre for Ecohydrology UWA) is a water resource engineer and expert in field studies linking runoff generation mechanisms and nutrient pathways at hillslope and catchment scales. Carlos will be heavily involved in the field monitoring component of the project.

Jane Townsend (Rivercare Officer, HRRT) has 8 years on-ground experience in restoration of wetlands and waterways. Jane is well-respected by, and closely involved with, local landholders and other community organisations and will ensure two-way feedback between these groups, the project stakeholder group and the project team. 

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