Dr Richard Doyle



Richard Doyle is a Senior Lecturer in Soil Science and is the Deputy Head of the School of Agricultural Science at the University of Tasmania (UTAS). He did his undergraduate, honours and Master studies in Wellington NZ in the late 1980's and recently obtained his PhD in soil science from UTAS (2005).
He has over 20 years of research and teaching experience in Universities and private organisations in New Zealand and Australia. Both his masters and doctoral theses were undertaken on soil erosion and sedimentation in a geo-archaeological project in northern Greece. He first came to Australia in 1990 as one of the Group Leaders on Expedition Finnigan in North Queensland with the Australian and NZ Scientific Exploring Society (ANZES) undertaking soil mapping, geological mapping and youth training. In 1991 Richard Doyle moved to Tasmania to take up the position of soil surveyor with the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industry in Launceston, undertaking soil mapping and land capability assessment. In 1994, Richard accepted the position of lecturer in soil science at the University of Tasmania, specialising in soil formation, land suitability assessment and land degradation. Within the School of Agricultural Science he has supervised or co-supervised to completion 16 honours projects, seven doctoral projects and two masters projects. In March 2004, Richard was awarded a Rotary International University Teacher Scholarship to teach for one semester at the University of Namibia in Africa. Ruchard is currently involved in research into Tasmania's rural tree issues (NHT), land use change impacts (Landscape Logic), soil carbon changes (DAFF), viticultural soils (GWRDC), PNG vegetable development (ACIAR) and soil-herbicide interactions (DEH). He currently co-supervises eight postgraduate students and one honour student. Richard is the Inaugural President of the Tasmanian Branch of ASSSI.

Self Nominated Expertise

Soil mapping and classification
, Land evaluation
, Soil chemistry
, Waste water re-use on soils
, Geo-archeology and geochronology
, Soil genesis and landscape history, Soil survey and classification, Research, Hydrology anad wastewater management, Soil management and conservation


PhD, MSc, BSc(Hons)



Current company

University of Tasmania, School of Agricultural Sciences


0419 112 264

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