Dr Robert Fitzpatrick



Recent professional experience: National and international leadership in recognising and establishing the importance, extent and severity of inland acid sulfate soils as an environmental issue in both public and government arenas
; Leading development of first national map and atlas of coastal and inland Australian acid sulfate soils, which underpins procedures and guidelines for identification and remediation strategies of acid sulfate soils in environments across Australia
; Developing a new geochemical sampling medium for mineral exploration, based on an understanding of acid sulfate soil processes.
He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE), and was awarded the: Gold medal for science by the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1997
; Prescott Medal of Soil Science awarded by the Australian Society of Soil Science for outstanding contributions to soil science in 1998
; Sir Joseph Verco Medal awarded by the Royal Society of South Australia for outstanding contributions to science in 1999.
He is a member of the following Soil Science Societies: Australian (Certified Professional Soil Scientist: CPSS), British, American, South African (Fellow); International Union of Soil Sciences (Life Member, since 1983)
, International Association for the Study of Clays (Life Member, since 1984), Australian Clay Minerals Society
, Royal Society of South Australia
, International Geohazards Working Group
, Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS).
He has published >70 journal articles, 67 book/encyclopaedia chapters, 10 edited books, 105 conference proceedings/monograph articles, 230 technical reports and 150 non-refereed articles.

Self Nominated Expertise

Soil management and conservation
, Research, Soil forensics, Soil biochemisty. He is a Chief Research Scientist and leads the Soil Biochemistry Group and Advanced Analytical Techniques in Biochemistry stream in CSIRO Land and Water; He is a Professorial Fellow at Flinders University, and University of Adelaide.


PhD MinGeochem, MScAg Soil Sci, BScAg Soil Sc (Hons), Dipl ChemTech, Cer. Mine Assay Competency



Current company

CSIRO Land and Water


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CPSS Member Since