Dr Ashlea Doolette

Ashlea Doolette
Research Fellow
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
Faculty of Sciences

Ashlea is a post doctoral researcher and lecturer in Soil Science in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine. Her research and teaching interests are in soil chemistry and how nutrients are stored, transformed and cycled in soils.

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Dr Ashlea Doolette

Ashlea is a post doctoral researcher and lecturer in Soil Science in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine. Her research and teaching interests are in soil chemistry and how nutrients are stored, transformed and cycled in soils.

Ashlea's research primarily focuses on soil phosphorus chemistry and she has a particular interest in:

•    The characterisation and quantification of different forms of organic phosphorus and their availability to plants.
•    The the influence of crop rotations and agronomic strategies to improve phosphorus availability in soil.
•    31P NMR analysis and the development of NMR techniques for the analysis of soils and plants.


Date Position Institution name
2011 Postdoctoral Research Fellow The University of Adelaide


Date Institution name Country Title
2011 The Univeristy of Adelaide Austrlia PhD
2007 The University of Adelaide Australia BSc. (Hons)


Date Citation
2017 Doolette,A, Smernik,R, McLaren,T, 2017, The composition of organic phosphorus in soils of the Snowy Mountains region of south-eastern Australia, Soil Research, 55, 1, 10-18 10.1071/SR16058
2017 Vogel,C, Ramsteiner,M, Sekine,R, Doolette,A, Adam,C, 2017, Characterization of phosphorus compounds in soils by deep ultraviolet (DUV) Raman microspectroscopy, Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, 48, 6, 867-871 10.1002/jrs.5115
2016 Foyjunnessa,, McNeill,A, Doolette,A, Mason,S, McLaughlin,MJ, 2016, Use of 33P to trace in situ the fate of canola below-ground
phosphorus, including wheat uptake in two contrasting soils, Crop and Pasture Science, 67, 7, 726-738 10.1071/CP15311
2016 Foyjunnessa,, McNeill,A, Doolette,A, Mason,S, McLaughlin,M, 2016, Quantifying total phosphorus accumulation below-ground by canola and lupin plants using ³³P-labelling, Plant and Soil, 401, 1, 39-50 10.1007/s11104-015-2545-y
2016 Doolette,A, Smernik,R, 2016, Phosphorus speciation of dormant grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) canes in the Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research, 22, 3, 462-468 10.1111/ajgw.12234
2016 Moata,M, Doolette,A, Smernik,R, McNeill,A, Macdonald,L, 2016, Organic phosphorus speciation in Australian Red Chromosols: Stoichiometric control, Soil Research, 54, 1, 11-19 10.1071/SR15085
2015 Doolette,A, Smernik,R, 2015, Quantitative analysis of <sup>31</sup>P NMR spectra of soil extracts-Dealing with overlap of broad and sharp signals, Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry, 53, 9, 679-685 10.1002/mrc.4212
2015 Jarosch,KA, Doolette,AL, Smernik,RJ, Tamburini,F, Frossard,E, Bünemann,EK, 2015, Characterisation of soil organic phosphorus in NaOH-EDTA extracts: a comparison of 31P NMR spectroscopy and enzyme addition assays, Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 91, 298-309 10.1016/j.soilbio.2015.09.010
2015 Annaheim,K, Doolette,A, Smernik,R, Mayer,J, Oberson,A, Frossard,E, Bünemann,E, 2015, Long-term addition of organic fertilizers has little effect on soil organic phosphorus as characterized by ³¹P NMR spectroscopy and enzyme additions, Geoderma, 257-258, 67-77 10.1016/j.geoderma.2015.01.014
2015 Moata,M, Smernik,R, Doolette,A, McNeill,A, Macdonald,L, 2015, Improving sensitivity of solution ³¹P NMR analysis in Australian Xeralfs, Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, 46, 8, 1034-1043 10.1080/00103624.2015.1019081
2015 McLaren,T, Smernik,R, McLaughlin,M, McBeath,T, Kirby,J, Simpson,R, Guppy,C, Doolette,A, Richardson,A, 2015, Complex forms of soil organic phosphorus-a major component of soil phosphorus, Environmental Science and Technology, 49, 22, 13238-13245 10.1021/acs.est.5b02948
2015 Smernik,R, Doolette,A, Noack,S, 2015, Identification of RNA hydrolysis products in NaOH-EDTA extracts using 31P NMR spectroscopy, Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, 46, 21, 2746-2756 10.1080/00103624.2015.1093640
2014 Foyjunnessa,F, McNeill,A, Doolette,A, Mason,S, McLaughlin,M, 2014, In situ ³³P-labelling of canola and lupin to estimate total phosphorus accumulation in the root system, Plant and Soil, 382, 1-2, 291-299 10.1007/s11104-014-2163-0
2011 Doolette,AL, Smernik,RJ, Dougherty,WJ, 2011, A quantitative assessment of phosphorus forms in some Australian soils, Soil Research, 49, 2, 152-165 10.1071/SR10092
2011 Doolette,A, Smernik,R, Dougherty,W, 2011, Overestimation of the importance of phytate in NaOH-EDTA soil extracts as assessed by (31)P NMR analyses, Organic Geochemistry, 42, 8, 955-964 10.1016/j.orggeochem.2011.04.004
2010 Doolette,A, Smernik,R, Dougherty,W, 2010, Rapid decomposition of phytate applied to a calcareous soil demonstrated by a solution 31P NMR study, European Journal of Soil Science, 61, 4, 563-575 10.1111/j.1365-2389.2010.01259.x
2009 Doolette,A, Smernik,R, Dougherty,W, 2009, Spiking Improved Solution Phosphorus-31 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Identification of Soil Phosphorus Compounds, Soil Science Society of America Journal, 73, 3, 919-927 10.2136/sssaj2008.0192
2008 Buenemann,E, Smernik,R, Doolette,A, Marschner,P, Wakelin,S, McNeill,A, 2008, Forms of phosphorus in bacteria and fungi isolated from two Australian soils, Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 40, 7, 1908-1915 10.1016/j.soilbio.2008.03.017

Book Chapters

Date Citation
2011 Doolette,A, Smernik,R, 2011, Soil organic phosphorous speciation using spectroscopic techniques, Springer, Netherlands, pp. 3-36 10.1007/978-3-642-15271-9_1

Conference Papers

Date Citation
2012 Doolette,AL, McNeill,A, Armstrong,R, Marschner,P, Tang,C, Guppy,C, 2012, Assessing break crop options for enhanced soil phosphorus availability., Capturing Capturing Opportunities and Overcoming Obstacles in Australian Agronomy, Armidale, NSW
2010 Doolette,A, Smernik,R, Dougherty,W, 2010, A quantitative assessment of phosphorus forms in Australian soils, World Congress of Soil Science (WCSS), Brisbane, Queensland

Committee Memberships

Date Role Committee Institution Country
2015 - 2016 Treasurer Soil Science Australia
2009 - 2012 Secretary Soil Science Australia
2007 Representative Soil Science Australia

Board Memberships

Date Role Board name Institution name Country
2016 Board Member Agricultural Bureau of SA
Research Fellow
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