Postdoctoral Fellow, La Trobe University
Samantha is a soil scientist with a passion for research that creates real change in society. Her research interests centre around the fluxes of carbon, water, energy and nutrients through the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum: the critical zone processes that support life on Earth. The results of Samantha’s research have contributed to protection of ecosystems (Australia’s Alpine Sphagnum Bog community and Tropical Savanna Woodlands), better greenhouse gas accounting (new emission factors for ammonia in New Zealand) and soil carbon storage in agricultural ecosystems (best management practises for liming and claying). Indonesian peatland restoration is the main focus of her current research. Her PhD research contributed to the Victorian Government’s landmark decision to end cattle grazing in the Alps in 2005.