School of Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Craig Liddicoat is an Adjunct Senior Fellow in the School of Public Health at the University of Adelaide. Craig's research interests include environmental microbiomes, spatial epidemiology, and developing knowledge of beneficial connections between human health and exposure to biodiverse vegetation-soil systems. In particular, the role that exposure to (and loss of) biodiverse green space may play in developing immune fitness, mental health and predisposition to both infectious and non-infectious diseases.
My research is exploring connections between environments, their microbial communities (microbiota), and the potential for human health benefits from nature-contact. 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.
Date Position Institution name 2020 Adjunct Senior Lecturer Flinders University 2020 Adjunct Senior Fellow University of Adelaide 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
Date Institution name Country Title 2015 - 2019 University of Adelaide Australia PhD (Bioscience) 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.)
Date Title Institution name Country 2012 Certificate IV in Project Management MBH Management Pty Ltd (RTO ID: 90884) —
Year Citation 2020 Liddicoat, C., Sydnor, H., Cando-Dumancela, C., Dresken, R., Liu, J., Gellie, N., . . . Breed, M. (2020). Naturally-diverse airborne environmental microbial exposures modulate the gut microbiome and may provide anxiolytic benefits in mice. Science of the Total Environment, 701, 1-11.
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2020 Baruch, Z., Liddicoat, C., Laws, M., Kiri Marker, L., Morelli, H., Yan, D., . . . Breed, M. (2020). Characterising the soil fungal microbiome in metropolitan green spaces across a vegetation biodiversity gradient. Fungal Ecology, 47, 1-10.
2020 Grundy, M., Searle, R., Meier, E., Ringrose-Voase, A., Kidd, D., Orton, T., . . . Bennett, J. (2020). Digital soil assessment delivers impact across scales in Australia and the Philippines. Geoderma Regional, 22.
2020 Kidd, D., Searle, R., Grundy, M., McBratney, A., Robinson, N., O'Brien, L., . . . Triantafilis, J. (2020). Operationalising digital soil mapping – Lessons from Australia. Geoderma Regional, 23.
2019 Bennett, J., McBratney, A., Field, D., Kidd, D., Stockmann, U., Liddicoat, C., & Grover, S. (2019). Soil Security for Australia. Sustainability (Switzerland), 11(12), 15 pages.
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2019 Mills, J., Brookes, J., Gellie, N., Liddicoat, C., Lowe, A., Sydnor, H., . . . Breed, M. (2019). Relating urban biodiversity to human health with the ‘holobiont’ concept. Frontiers in Microbiology, 10(MAR), 8 pages.
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2019 Liddicoat, C., Weinstein, P., Bissett, A., Gellie, N., Mills, J., Waycott, M., & Breed, M. (2019). Can bacterial indicators of a grassy woodland restoration inform ecosystem assessment and microbiota-mediated human health?. Environment International, 129, 105-117.
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2018 Liddicoat, C., Bi, P., Waycott, M., Glover, J., Breed, M., & Weinstein, P. (2018). Ambient soil cation exchange capacity inversely associates with infectious and parasitic disease risk in regional Australia. Science of the Total Environment, 626, 117-125.
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2018 Liddicoat, C., Bi, P., Waycott, M., Glover, J., Lowe, A., & Weinstein, P. (2018). Landscape biodiversity correlates with respiratory health in Australia. Journal of Environmental Management, 206, 113-122.
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2016 Liddicoat, C., Waycott, M., & Weinstein, P. (2016). Environmental change and human health: Can environmental proxies inform the biodiversity hypothesis for protective microbial-human contact?. BioScience, 66(12), 1023-1034.
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2015 Liddicoat, C., Maschmedt, D., Clifford, D., Searle, R., Herrmann, T., Macdonald, L., & Baldock, J. (2015). Predictive mapping of soil organic carbon stocks in South Australia's agricultural zone. Soil Research, 53(8), 956-973.
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2015 Odgers, N., Holmes, K., Griffin, T., & Liddicoat, C. (2015). Derivation of soil-attribute estimations from legacy soil maps. Soil Research, 53(8), 881-894.
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Year Citation 2014 Liddicoat, C., Maschmedt, D., Kidd, D., & Searle, R. (2014). Modelling soil carbon stocks using legacy site data, in the mid north region of South Australia. In D. Arrouays, N. McKenzie, J. Hempel, A. DeForges, & A. McBratney (Eds.), GlobalSoilMap: Basis of the Global Spatial Soil Information System - Proceedings of the 1st GlobalSoilMap Conference (pp. 253-259). Orleans, FRANCE: CRC PRESS-TAYLOR & FRANCIS GROUP.
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Year Citation — Liddicoat, C., Weinstein, P., Bissett, A., Gellie, N., Mills, J., Waycott, M., & Breed, M. (n.d.). Data Inputs - Can bacterial indicators of a grassy woodland restoration inform ecosystem assessment and microbiota-mediated human health?.
— Liddicoat, C., Sydnor, H., Cando-Dumancela, C., Dresken, R., Liu, J., Gellie, N., . . . Breed, M. (n.d.). Supporting Data - Naturally-diverse airborne environmental microbial exposures modulate the gut microbiome and may provide anxiolytic benefits in mice.
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