Craig Liddicoat

Craig Liddicoat

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences


Craig Liddicoat is a PhD student in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Adelaide. Craig's main research interest is in emerging environmental drivers of human health. In particular, the role that exposure to (and loss of) biodiversity in landscapes, vegetation and soils may play in developing immune fitness and predisposition to both infectious and non-infectious diseases.

As part of a larger team, my research is exploring connections between environments, their microbial communities (microbiota), human exposures, interactions with human microbiota and immune status, and ultimately health outcomes. The notion of a real biological (microbiota-mediated) connection between humans and their environments, and potential benefits for immune training and regulation from exposure to biodiversity (and associated microbial diversity), has originated from immunologists and medical researchers. However, this represents a large multidisciplinary field of research. My research has objectives to:

  • help bridge the gap between environmental science, ecology and human health.
  • investigate if there is support for possible health benefits from exposure to biodiversity in large existing environmental and public health datasets.
  • build knowledge of biological (microbiota-based) connections between environments and exposed populations.
  • help inform new cost-effective nature-based public health interventions.
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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2017 Senior NRM Scientist (Soil & Land) [Part-time] Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (SA)
    2011 - 2017 Senior Natural Resource Management Scientist (Soil & Land) Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (SA)
    2002 - 2011 Environmental Consultant Rural Solutions SA
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    1999 - 2001 Flinders University, Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (ecology major)
    1990 - 1993 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical, 1st class hons.)
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2012 Certificate IV in Project Management MBH Management Pty Ltd (RTO ID: 90884)
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