Certified Professional Soil Scientist (CPSS) Accreditation Program Board

 Dr Kirsten Barlow

Chair: Dr Kirsten Barlow CPSS Ph.D. B.Agr.Sc. (Hons) Dip.Bus. (FLM)

Dr Kirsten Barlow is a Senior Research Scientist working within the Systems Modelling group in the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. Kirsten has a background in soil chemistry with 15 years experience in laboratory and field-based research on chemical transport (particularly phosphorus and nitrogen) from agricultural systems. During her Ph.D., Kirsten investigated the effect of spatial scale on phosphorus export in irrigated dairy production systems, in particular phosphorus movement through surface drainage networks. Kirsten is now using computer models at paddock to landscape scales to evaluate the impact of farming systems, land management strategies and a variable climate on agricultural production and the environment. She is currently working on investigating the impacts of extreme heat and frost events on wheat production and coordinating DEDJTR’s long term research sites across the state.

Deputy Chair: Dr Andrew Biggs CPSS Ph.D. B.Sc.Ag(Hons)

Dr Andrew Biggs is a Senior Soil Scientist with the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy in Queensland.  Andrew has 25 years’ experience in soil survey and land evaluation throughout Queensland.  His PhD was focussed on catchment scale salt balances in the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin and he has spent many years working in the field of salinity and shallow hydrogeology.  Andrew has a strong interest in soil survey data quality and was a key member of the team that developed the Queensland Government soil survey database. He also has a strong focus on the ecological applications of soil data through involvement in a number of projects concerned with flora and fauna distribution. Andrew is a past-president of the Queensland Branch of the Society and has been actively involved in running soil refresher training workshops for the Branch for more than a decade.  He is an Honorary Senior Fellow in the School of Agriculture and Food Science at the University of Queensland.

Professor Mike McLaughlin

Professor Mike McLaughlin CPSS Ph.D. M.Agr.Sc. (Distinction) B.Sc. (Hons)

Prof Mike McLaughlin is CSIRO Fellow in the Environmental Contaminant Mitigation and Technologies Program of CSIRO Land and Water. He is also Professor of Soil Science at the Waite Research Institute of the University of Adelaide. His interests lie in developing new approaches to the measurement and understanding of the behaviour of inorganic nutrients and contaminants in the environment, including uptake by crops for nutrition and impacts on human and ecosystem health. Prof McLaughlin also manages research related to CSIRO's Infrared Soil Analysis Laboratory, which uses mid-infrared (MIR) spectroscopy for the rapid non-destructive analysis of soil physical and chemical properties. Mike is a Fellow of Soil Science Australia, a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy, a Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences.

Dr Louise Cartwright

Dr Louise Cartwright CPSS Ph.D. B.Agr.Sc. (Hons) Board Member

Dr Louise Cartwright is a Technical Remediation Manager in the Research, Innovation and Technology Group of Enviropacific Services. She has a Doctorate in Soil Science, a Certificate of Technical Competence (CoTC) for managing the treatment of hazardous waste (UK) and is a Certified Professional Soil Scientist. Louise is experienced in managing and undertaking a broad range of environmental site assessments and remediation projects in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Louise has a diverse range of experience of design and management of earthworks and remediation projects that have reclaimed derelict/contaminated former industrial sites for beneficial purposes and has undertaken land capability assessments; design of field and laboratory experiments; and interpretation and development of industry recommendations.

Dr John Paul Cumming CPSS, PhD, BAgrSc(Hons), GAICD Board Member

John Paul is Director of Geo-Environmental Solutions Pty Ltd. John Paul has a background in environmental soil chemistry and is an honorary research associate in the faculty of science engineering and technology at the University of Tasmania. He is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In his role at GES John Paul has completed numerous land capability and geotechnical assessments for residential, commercial and government clients. Over the past twelve years John Paul has supervised over 5000 site and soil classifications for residential developments according to AS2870-2011 and AS/NZS1547-2000.

Dr Peter Bacon

Dr Peter Bacon CPSS Ph.D. M.Agr.Sci. B.Sc. Board Member

Dr Peter Bacon is a director of Woodlots & Wetlands, an environmental science based company committed to applying sound theoretical information in developing innovative practical solutions to environmental issues. Dr Bacon has over 30 years experience in soil, water and vegetation management. In this time he has published over 250 articles, ranging from expert systems to reviews of major ecological processes. Between 1973 and 1976 he investigated nutrient and water distribution in irrigated orchards. In 1976 he joined the Chemistry branch of the Biological and Chemical Research Institute and studied nitrogen and carbon cycling under a range of land and water management systems. His PhD was on N and C cycling in flooded and intermittently flooded systems. In 1988 he was appointed state coordinator of soil carbon and nitrogen research for the NSW Department of Agriculture. He lectured part time at the University of Sydney, UTS and at the University of New England. In 1990 he became Senior Research Scientist in State Forests of NSW. In 1991 he was appointed coordinator of the Soils, Nutrition and Hydrology Section of Forest Research. In 1992 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study in South Africa, Israel, Portugal and the USA. Specific aspects included modelling water quality changes in wetlands, movement of contaminants in soils, and the environmental effects of effluent reuse. Dr. Bacon is currently managing director of Woodlots & Wetlands Pty. Ltd., an environmental consultancy and management company. Woodlots & Wetlands have successfully undertaken over 250 environmental management projects in the past 11 years.

Associate Professor John McLean Bennett

Associate Professor John McLean Bennett CPSS Ph.D, B.Sc. (Res&EnvMgmt) (Hons) Board member

Associate Professor John McLean Bennett is a Senior Research Fellow (Soils) at the National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture at the University of Southern Queensland Toowoomba Campus. His fields of research include Environmental Science and Management, Environmental Engineering, Agriculture, Land and Farm Management and Soil Sciences. Current research interests include: Factors influencing soil slaking and dispersion; Salinity, sodicity, soil-water and solute movement; Perceptions and management of soil health; Rehabilitation of degraded landscapes; Natural resource management and; Agricultural extension and information management. Dr Bennett is a past President, Soil Science Australia (Queensland Branch) and has USQ Research affiliations with the Institute for Agriculture and the Environment (IAgE), the National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture (NCEA) and the Australian Digital Futures Institute (ADFI).

Dr Cameron Grant

Dr Cameron Grant CPSS Ph.D. M.Sc. B.Agr.Sc. (Hons) CPSS Administrator

Dr Cameron Grant administers the CPSS accreditation programme and handles all queries and applications. He has been Federal President of Soil Science Australia, Chairman of the CPSS Accreditation Board, and an academic with over 35 years experience in teaching and research.