2017 PhD Alumni:
Anna Carlton – Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Soil Science
Anna Carlton completed her PhD in the field of Soil Science at Lincoln University. Professors Keith Cameron, Hong Di, Tim Clough and Grant Edwards supervised this research.
“I grew up in Tauranga, New Zealand and moved to Christchurch eight years ago when I started my BSc (hons) at Lincoln University. After completing my honours dissertation in the soils and physical sciences department, I started work on a dairy farm followed by work with an irrigation company which eventually lead me back to Lincoln University to start my PhD.
My PhD thesis title is ‘Effects of alternative forage species and irrigation management on plant nitrogen uptake and nitrate leaching.” The last few years have entailed a couple of frosty mornings, too much cow pee, many interesting results and a lot of great people! This PhD is part of the Forages for Reduced Nitrate Leaching program. ”
Roshean Woods – Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Soil Science:
Roshean Woods completed her PhD in the field of Soil Science at Lincoln University. Professors Keith Cameron, Grant Edwards, Hong Di and Tim Clough supervised this research.
“I grew up in NZ and was inspired to study at an agricultural university following a visit from DairyNZ to my high school, I loved science at school and their visit made the connection to an industry which I could see myself working in. During my Bachelor of Science degree I developed a keen interest in soil science , so I decided to continue studying soil science for my Honours degree and then now my PhD.
My PhD project is about the effect of alternative forages and gibberellic acid on nitrate leaching from New Zealand pastoral systems. An area of study which is very topical at the moment and I really enjoy.
Gustavo Boitt – Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Soil Science:
Gustavo Boitt completed his PhD in the field of Soil Science at Lincoln University. Professor Leo Condron, Dr. Amanda Black and Dr. Steve Wakelin supervised this research.
“I was born and bred in Santa Catarina, Brazil where I studied for my bachelor (Agronomy) and master in soil science at Santa Catarina State University. During my master`s degree I studied phosphorus adsorption, P distribution and soil mineralogy of Oxisols (highly weathered soils) under the supervision of Professor Luciano Gatiboni. During that time, I knew that the master`s would be only a transition for the PhD. I have always been striked by the quality and contribution of Prof. Leo Condron`s work for the scientific community regarding phosphorus in the environment. When contacted in 2013, Prof. Condron promptly agreed to supervise the PhD and that is why I am here.
The PhD project: “Role and function of organic and microbial phosphorus in the sustainable management of intensive agroecosystems” is funded by the Brazilian Ministry of Education, MEC/CAPES. Phosphorus is a fundamental element for living organisms and yet, is a finite resource. Understanding the biogeochemical cycling of phosphorus, and the contribution of the soil microorganisms to plant nutrition, associated with the opportunities of their management aiming the amendments in plant productivity are crucial factors for improving its efficiency of utilization. The objective of this research is to investigate the impact of different agricultural land management strategies and amendments on the quantities and nature of organic phosphorus, together with the effects on the dynamics of microbial biomass phosphorus.
There is a number of other scientists from other universities and research institutions contributing to improving the quality of this research. My main research interests are to investigate the role of biological processes in the dynamics and nature of phosphorus in agricultural systems targeting a more sustainable and efficient utilization of this nutrient.”
Monica Bucci – Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Soil Science:
Monica Giona Bucci has completed her PhD in the department of Soil Science at Lincoln University. Professor Peter Almond (Lincoln University), Dr. Pilar Villamor (GNS Science), Dr. Martitia Tuttle (Tuttle & Associates) and Dr. Carol Smith (Lincoln University) have supervised her research.
“I come from Italy where I completed a Bachelor and Master degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences at “La Sapienza” University of Rome. During both my final dissertations I learnt the importance of studying pedology and GIS mapping and these skills were particularly useful during my PhD.
My PhD project was about studying the sedimentary architecture of two settings (alluvial and coastal) affected by liquefaction features triggered during the 2010-2011 Canterbury Earthquake Sequence. My PhD research was very interesting because it allowed me to learn different techniques for liquefaction investigations and to contribute in improving the understanding of the susceptibility to liquefaction across the Canterbury Region.”
Shamim Maumun – Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Soil Science:
Shamim Maumun completed his PhD in the field of Soil Science at Lincoln University. Professor Brett Robinson supervised this research.
Peter Carey – Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Soil Science
Peter Carey completed his PhD in the field of Soil Science at Lincoln University. Professors Keith Cameron, Hong Di, Tim Clough and Grant Edwards supervised this research.
2017 Honours Alumni:
Connor Edwards – Honours degree, Soil Science:
Connor Edwards completed his Honours degree in the field of Soil Science at Lincoln University. Professors Keith Cameron supervised this research.
“I grew up on my grandfather’s beef farm in the small town of Wellsford north of Auckland where I was home schooled by my mother. Being home schooled I enjoyed a lot of time on the farm with my grandfather and made up my mind early that I was going to work in the agricultural industry. This led me to begin studying at Lincoln University in 2014. I quickly became intrigued about Soils, mainly due to the wide range of research and the fact that the research has real and direct implications for the wider world. This along with the enthusiasm of the professors have meant that I have never looked back.
Currently I am doing an Honours project about the effect a catch crop of oats following winter grazed fodder beet has on nitrate leaching losses. This project excited me because of its practical relevance to New Zealand’s agricultural sector and the positive environmental impacts this research may provide.”
Samuel Whitley – Honours, Bachelor of Agricultural Science.
Samuel Whitley completed his Honours degree in the field of Soil Science at Lincoln University. Associate Professor Peter Almond supervised this research.
“I grew up in Vanuatu where Agriculture is the main source of export income, so I decided to study it and possibly contribute to development back home. I quickly became excited about Soils, mainly due to the passion of the professors, and I have never looked back.
Currently I am doing an Honours project under Peter Almond, about possible amendments that may be able to adsorb phosphorus and clarify the water of Te Waihora/Ellesmere. Its all very exciting… but busy. 😊”