Higher Degree by Research Candidate
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology
I am a final-year PhD candidate in the School of Agriculture, Food, and Wine supervised by Professor Rachel Burton, Professor Tim Cavagnaro, and Dr Beth Loveys. My research focuses on industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa) drought tolerance, water use efficiency, and physiological responses to water deficit. Hemp is an emerging seed and fibre crop in Australia which shows great potential for sustainable and low irrigation production.
More broadly my research interests include plant and novel crop responses to future climate changes, as well as sustainable agriculture and plant physiology. I recently returned from the United States, where I spent most of 2022 as a visiting researcher at the University of California, Berkeley with a Fulbright Scholarship. At UC Berkeley, I undertook research and was part of the Bowles Agroecology laboratory where I investigated how soil management and variety influence dry-farmed tomato plant production and quality under water stress. Please check out the Bowles Agroecology lab website for more information: https://nature.berkeley.edu/agroecologylab/
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Date Institution name Country Title 2015 - 2018 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science (Advanced) with First Class Honours
Year Citation 2023 Matros, A., Menz, P., Gill, A., Santoscoy, A., Dawson, T., Seiffert, U., & Burton, R. (2023). Non-invasive assessment of cultivar and sex of Cannabis sativa L. by means of hyperspectral measurement. Plant-Environment Interactions, 4(5), 258-274.
2023 Gill, A. R., Loveys, B. R., Cavagnaro, T. R., & Burton, R. A. (2023). The potential of industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) as an emerging drought resistant fibre crop. Plant and Soil, 10 pages.
2022 Watts-Fawkes, S., Gill, A. R., Jewell, N., Brien, C. J., Berger, B., Tran, B. T. T., . . . Cavagnaro, T. R. (2022). Enhancement of sorghum grain yield and nutrition: A role for arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi regardless of soil phosphorus availability. Plants, People, Planet, 4(2), 143-156.
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2022 Gill, A. R., Loveys, B. R., Cowley, J. M., Hall, T., Cavagnaro, T. R., & Burton, R. A. (2022). Physiological and morphological responses of industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) to water deficit. Industrial Crops and Products, 187(A), 1-11.
I have been awarded the following scholarships and grants:
|2023||Crawford Fund Conference Scholar|
|2022||Fulbright Future and Fulbright South Australia Scholarships (University of California, Berkeley)|
|2022||AgriFutures Australia Emerging Industries Travel Grant (declined)|
|2021-2023||Tim Healey Memorial Trust PhD Scholarship|
|2020-2023||Playford Trust PhD Scholarship|
|2019||Aileen and Bert Kollosche Scholarship for the study of Australian flora|
|2018-2019||AW Howard Honours Scholarship|
|2015-2018||Horizon Agricultural Scholarship|
I have been awarded the following awards and prizes:
|2022||ASPB Plant Biology 2022 Travel Award ($575USD)|
|2018||J.G. Wood Memorial Prize for Level III Plant Science subjects at the University of Adelaide|
|2017||Aduchem Prize in Level II Analytical Chemistry at the University of Adelaide|
|2016||Ena Orrock Lewcock Prize for Level II Plant Science subjects at the University of Adelaide|
|2015-2018||Faculty of Sciences Outstanding Academic Achievement Award|
I have demonstrated in practical classes, marked, and/or helped teach in the following University of Adelaide, School of Agriculture, Food, and Wine courses:
- Foundations in Plant Science II
- Food Production in a Future Climate III
- Soil and Water Resources II
Date Role Membership Country 2023 - ongoing Member Australian Fulbright Alumni Association Australia 2021 - ongoing Member American Society of Plant Biologists United States 2021 - ongoing Member Australian Society of Plant Scientists Australia
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