Dr Luke Mosley

Luke Mosley
Senior Research Fellow
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Sciences

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Dr Luke Mosley

Research Role

I am a senior research fellow in the Ecology and Environmental Science Department in the School of Biological Sciences. I am part of the University of Adelaide's Acid Sulfate Soil Centre a multidisciplinary research group that addresses acid sulfate soil issues of national and international significance. I also hold a visiting Scientist position with CSIRO Land and Water where I have strong collaborative links through co-location at the Waite Campus. I am a Certified Professional Soil Scientist (CPSS) and Vice President of the Soil Science Society of Australia (www.soilscienceaustralia.com.au).

Research Aims

The overarching aim of my research is to understand and solve complex environmental problems across multi-disciplinary boundaries (water, soil, ecology). My recent research has centered in the following areas:

  • Metal and acid-base chemistry of water and soil
  • Acid sulfate soils
  • Impacts of drought and climate change on water and soil quality
  • River Murray, Lower Lakes and Coorong catchment and water biogeochemistry
  • Modelling of the hydro-geochemistry of soil and water
  • Development of novel methods and instrumentation for measurement of pH and metals 

Consulting and Contract Research

Depending on current research activities I am available to work on small or large consulting and contract research projects. Recently I have undertaken consultancies for the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) South Australia, Murray-Darling Basin Authority, CSIRO and Department for Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR). Our multi-discplinary Acid Sulfate Soil Centre also provides the capacity to bring in other experts from around Australia as required for projects.

Please feel free to email me directly for a discussion about research collaboration, student or consulting opportunities.


Date Position Institution name
2015 Senior Research Fellow University of Adelaide
2004 - 2014 Principal Scientific Officer (Water Quality) Environment Protection Authority (EPA)

Awards and Achievements

Date Type Title Institution Name Amount
2015 Award Best Paper Award - Australian Water Association
2011 Award Premiers Award


Date Institution name Country Title
University of Otago New Zealand PhD

Research Interests

Climate Change Processes, Environmental Chemistry, Soil Chemistry, Surfacewater Hydrology


Year Citation
2017 Bargrizan, S., Smernik, R. J. & Mosley, L. M. (2017). Development of a Spectrophotometric Method for Determining pH of Soil Extracts and Comparison with Glass Electrode Measurements. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 0-0.
2017 Mosley, L., Cook, F. & Fitzpatrick, R. (2017). Field trial and modelling of different strategies for remediation of soil salinity and sodicity in the Lower Murray irrigation areas. Soil Research, 55, 7, 670-681.
2017 Fitzpatrick, R., Mosley, L., Raven, M. & Shand, P. (2017). Schwertmannite formation and properties in acidic drain environments following exposure and oxidation of acid sulfate soils in irrigation areas during extreme drought. Geoderma, 308, 235-251.
2017 Kölbl, A., Marschner, P., Fitzpatrick, R., Mosley, L. & Kögel-Knabner, I. (2017). Linking organic matter composition in acid sulfate soils to pH recovery after re-submerging. Geoderma, 308, 350-362.
2017 Fitzpatrick, R., Shand, P. & Mosley, L. (2017). Acid sulfate soil evolution models and pedogenic pathways during drought and reflooding cycles in irrigated areas and adjacent natural wetlands. Geoderma, 308, 270-290.
2017 Mosley, L., Biswas, T., Cook, F., Marschner, P., Palmer, D., Shand, P. ... Fitzpatrick, R. (2017). Prolonged recovery of acid sulfate soils with sulfuric materials following severe drought: causes and implications. Geoderma, 308, 312-320.
2016 Jayalath, N., Mosley, L., Fitzpatrick, R. & Marschner, P. (2016). Addition of clayey soils with high net negative acidity to sulfuric sandy soil can minimise pH changes during wet and dry periods. Geoderma, 269, 153-159.
2016 Jayalath, N., Mosley, L., Fitzpatrick, R. & Marschner, P. (2016). Addition of organic matter influences pH changes in reduced and oxidised acid sulfate soils. Geoderma, 262, 125-132.
2016 Jayalath, N., Fitzpatrick, R., Mosley, L. & Marschner, P. (2016). Type of organic carbon amendment influences pH changes in acid sulfate soils in flooded and dry conditions. Journal of Soils and Sediments, 16, 2, 518-526.
2016 Reid, R. & Mosley, L. (2016). Comparative contributions of solution geochemistry, microbial metabolism and aquatic photosynthesis to the development of high pH in ephemeral wetlands in South East Australia. Science of the Total Environment, 542, Pt A, 334-343.
2016 Dang, T., Mosley, L., Fitzpatrick, R. & Marschner, P. (2016). Addition of organic material to sulfuric soil can reduce leaching of protons, iron and aluminium. Geoderma, 271, 63-70.
2016 Dang, T., Mosley, L., Fitzpatrick, R. & Marschner, P. (2016). Organic materials retain high proportion of protons, iron and aluminium from acid sulphate soil drainage water with little subsequent release. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 23, 23, 23582-23592.
2016 Yuan, C., Mosley, L., Fitzpatrick, R. & Marschner, P. (2016). Organic matter addition can prevent acidification during oxidation of sandy hypersulfidic and hyposulfidic material: Effect of application form, rate and C/N ratio. Geoderma, 276, 26-32.
2016 Leyden, E., Cook, F., Hamilton, B., Zammit, B., Barnett, L., Lush, A. ... Mosley, L. (2016). Near shore groundwater acidification during and after a hydrological drought in the Lower Lakes, South Australia. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 189, 44-57.
2015 Yuan, C., Fitzpatrick, R., Mosley, L. & Marschner, P. (2015). Sulfate reduction in sulfuric material after re-flooding: effectiveness of organic carbon addition and pH increase depends on soil properties. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 298, 138-145.
2015 Mosley, L. M., Daly, R., Palmer, D., Yeates, P., Dallimore, C., Biswas, T. & Simpson, S. L. (2015). Predictive modelling of pH and dissolved metal concentrations and speciation following mixing of acid drainage with river water. Applied Geochemistry, 59, 1-10.
2015 Mosley, L., Willson, P., Hamilton, B., Butler, G. & Seaman, R. (2015). The capacity of biochar made from common reeds to neutralise pH and remove dissolved metals in acid drainage. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 22, 19, 15113-15122.
2015 Mosley, L. (2015). Drought impacts on the water quality of freshwater systems; review and integration. Earth-Science Reviews, 140, 203-214.
2015 Yuan, C., Mosley, L., Fitzpatrick, R. & Marschner, P. (2015). Amount of organic matter required to induce sulfate reduction in sulfuric material after re-flooding is affected by soil nitrate concentration. Journal of Environmental Management, 151, 437-442.
2015 Dang, T., Mosley, L., Fitzpatrick, R. & Marschner, P. (2015). Organic materials differ in ability to remove protons, iron and aluminium from acid sulfate soil drainage water. Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, 226, 11, 357-1-357-13.
2014 Mosley, L., Shand, P., Self, P. & Fitzpatrick, R. (2014). The geochemistry during management of lake acidification caused by the rewetting of sulfuric (pH. Applied Geochemistry, 41, 49-61.
2014 Mosley, L. M., Zammit, B., Jolley, A. M. & Barnett, L. (2014). Acidification of lake water due to drought. Journal of Hydrology, 511, 484-493.
2014 Mosley, L., Palmer, D., Leyden, E., Cook, F., Zammit, B., Shand, P. ... Fitzpatrick, R. (2014). Acidification of floodplains due to river level decline during drought. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 161, 10-23.
2014 Simpson, S. L., Vardanega, C. R., Jarolimek, C., Jolley, D. F., Angel, B. M. & Mosley, L. M. (2014). Metal speciation and potential bioavailability changes during discharge and neutralisation of acidic drainage water. Chemosphere, 103, 172-180.
2014 Mosley, L., Zammit, B., Jolley, A., Barnett, L. & Fitzpatrick, R. (2014). Monitoring and assessment of surface water acidification following rewetting of oxidised acid sulfate soils. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 186, 1, 1-18.
2014 Hipsey, M. R., Salmon, S. U. & Mosley, L. M. (2014). A three-dimensional hydro-geochemical model to assess lake acidification risk. Environmental Modelling and Software, 61, 433-457.
2014 Mosley, L., Fitzpatrick, R., Palmer, D., Leyden, E. & Shand, P. (2014). Changes in acidity and metal geochemistry in soils, groundwater, drain and river water in the Lower Murray River after a severe drought. Science of the Total Environment, 485-486, 1, 281-291.
2013 Whitworth, K., Kerr, J., Mosley, L., Conallin, J., Hardwick, L. & Baldwin, D. (2013). Options for managing hypoxic blackwater in river systems: case studies and framework. Environmental Management, 52, 4, 837-850.
2012 Mosley, L., Zammit, B., Leyden, E., Heneker, T., Hipsey, M., Skinner, D. & Aldridge, K. (2012). The impact of extreme low flows on the water quality of the lower Murray River and lakes (South Australia). Water Resources Management, 26, 13, 3923-3946.
2010 Mosley, L., Peake, B. & Hunter, K. (2010). Modelling of pH and inorganic carbon speciation in estuaries using the composition of the river and seawater end members. Environmental Modelling and Software, 25, 12, 1658-1663.
2010 Simpson, S., Fitzpatrick, R., Shand, P., Angel, B., Spadaro, D. & Mosley, L. (2010). Climate-driven mobilisation of acid and metals from acid sulfate soils. Marine and Freshwater Research, 61, 1, 129-138.
2010 Mosley, L. M. & Fleming, N. (2010). Pollutant Loads Returned to the Lower Murray River from Flood-Irrigated Agriculture. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution, 211, 1-4, 475-487.
2009 Mosley, L. M. & Fleming, N. (2009). Reductions in water use following rehabilitation of a flood-irrigated area on the Murray River in South Australia. Agricultural Water Management, 96, 11, 1679-1682.
2004 Sander, S., Mosley, L. & Hunter, K. (2004). Investigation of interparticle forces in natural waters: Effects of adsorbed humic acids on iron oxide and alumina surface properties. Environmental Science and Technology, 38, 18, 4791-4796.
2004 Mosley, L., Singh, S. & Sharp, D. (2004). Effects of a tropical cyclone on the drinking-water quality of a remote Pacific Island. Disasters, 28, 4, 405-417.
2004 Peake, B. & Mosley, L. (2004). Hydrogen peroxide concentrations in relation to optical properties in a fiord (Doubtful Sound, New Zealand). New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 38, 4, 729-741.
2004 Mosley, L., Husheer, S. & Hunter, K. (2004). Spectrophotometric pH measurement in estuaries using thymol blue and m-cresol purple. Marine Chemistry, 91, 1-4, 175-186.
2003 Mosley, L. & Aalbersberg, W. (2003). Nutrient levels in sea and river water along the coral coast of Viti Levu, Fiji. South Pacific Journal of Science, 21, 35-40.
2003 Mosley, L., Hunter, K. & Ducker, W. (2003). Forces between colloid particles in natural waters. Environmental Science and Technology, 37, 15, 3303-3308.
2003 Mosley, L. & Singh, S. (2003). Trace metals in drinking water from Viti Levu, Fiji Islands. South Pacific Journal of Science, 21, 31-34.
2001 Mosley, L. & Peake, B. (2001). Partitioning of metals (Fe, Pb, Cu, Zn) in urban run-off from the Kaikorai valley, Dunedin, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 35, 3, 615-624.

Conference Papers

Year Citation
2015 Frizenschaf, J., Mosley, L., Daly, R. & Kotz, S. (2015). Securing drinking water supply during extreme drought- learnings from South Australia.
2014 Fitzpatrick, R. W., Raven, M., Self, P., Shand, P., Grealish, G. & Mosley, L. (2014). Irreversible clay mineral transformations from bushfires in acid sulphate soils: An indicator of soil processes involved in climate variability and climate change. Australian Clay Minerals Society Conference. Perth.
2002 Mosley, L., Peake, B., Collett, S., Labadie, P., Kieber, R. & Willey, J. (2002). UV radiation and the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in aquatic environments. UV Radiation and its Effects: an update 2002. Christchurch, New Zealand.

Conference Items

Year Citation
2014 Fitzpatrick, R. W., Shand, P., Raven, M., Self, P., Grealish, G. & Mosley, L. (2014). Morphological and mineral transformation processes from bushfires in acid sulfate soils. 4th National Acid Sulfate Conference. Perth.
2014 Yuan, C., Marschner, P., Fitzpatrick, R. W. & Mosley, L. (2014). Organic carbon availability and low pH may limit sulfate reduction in oxidized acid sulfate soils (ASS) after re-saturation. 4th National Acid Sulfate Soil Conference. Perth.
Date Role Thesis Title Institution Student Name
2016- PhD student     Sima Bargrizan
2015- PhD student     Xuan Le
2014-2016 PhD student     Tan Dang
2014-2016 PhD student     Nilmini Jayalath
2013-2015 PhD student     Chaolei Yuan
Senior Research Fellow
John Davies Building
Room Number
G 15
Org Unit
Ecology and Environmental Science