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).

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 Best Paper Award - Australian Water Association
2011 Premiers Award


Date Institution name Country Title
University of Otago New Zealand PhD


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


Date Citation
2017 Mosley,LM, 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, - 10.1071/SR16272
2017 Mosley,L, Biswas,T, Cook,F, Marschner,P, Palmer,D, Shand,P, Yuan,C, Fitzpatrick,R, 2017, Prolonged recovery of acid sulfate soils with sulfuric materials following severe drought: causes and implications, Geoderma, OnlinePubl, 1-9 10.1016/j.geoderma.2017.03.019
2016 Leyden,E, Cook,F, Hamilton,B, Zammit,B, Barnett,L, Lush,A, Stone,D, 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 10.1016/j.jconhyd.2016.03.008
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 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.10.040
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 10.1016/j.geoderma.2016.01.040
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 10.1007/s11368-015-1240-1
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 10.1016/j.geoderma.2016.02.012
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 10.1016/j.geoderma.2015.08.012
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 10.1016/j.geoderma.2016.04.025
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 10.1007/s11356-016-7597-x
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 10.1007/s11356-015-4735-9
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 10.1007/s11270-015-2595-z
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 10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.01.016
2015 Mosley,L, 2015, Drought impacts on the water quality of freshwater systems; review and integration, Earth-Science Reviews, 140, 203-214 10.1016/j.earscirev.2014.11.010
2015 Mosley,LM, Daly,R, Palmer,D, Yeates,P, Dallimore,C, Biswas,T, Simpson,SL, 2015, Predictive modelling of pH and dissolved metal concentrations and speciation following mixing of acid drainage with river water, Applied Geochemistry, 59, 1-10 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2015.03.006
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 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2015.05.013
2014 Hipsey,MR, Salmon,SU, Mosley,LM, 2014, A three-dimensional hydro-geochemical model to assess lake acidification risk, Environmental Modelling and Software, 61, 433-457 10.1016/j.envsoft.2014.02.007
2014 Mosley,L, Palmer,D, Leyden,E, Cook,F, Zammit,B, Shand,P, Baker,A, Fitzpatrick,R, 2014, Acidification of floodplains due to river level decline during drought, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 161, 10-23 10.1016/j.jconhyd.2014.03.003
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 10.1007/s10661-013-3350-9
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 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.03.063
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 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2013.11.010
2014 Simpson,SL, Vardanega,CR, Jarolimek,C, Jolley,DF, Angel,BM, Mosley,LM, 2014, Metal speciation and potential bioavailability changes during discharge and neutralisation of acidic drainage water, Chemosphere, 103, 172-180 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2013.11.059
2014 Mosley,LM, Zammit,B, Jolley,AM, Barnett,L, 2014, Acidification of lake water due to drought, Journal of Hydrology, 511, 484-493 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2014.02.001
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 10.1007/s00267-013-0130-9
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 10.1007/s11269-012-0113-2
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 10.1071/MF09066
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 10.1016/j.envsoft.2010.06.014
2010 Mosley,LM, Fleming,N, 2010, Pollutant Loads Returned to the Lower Murray River from Flood-Irrigated Agriculture, Water, Air, & Soil Pollution, 211, 1-4, 475-487 10.1007/s11270-009-0316-1
2009 Mosley,LM, 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 10.1016/j.agwat.2009.06.001
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 10.1080/00288330.2004.9517272
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 10.1021/es049602z
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 10.1016/j.marchem.2004.06.008
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 10.1111/j.0361-3666.2004.00266.x
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 10.1021/es026216d
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 10.1080/00288330.2001.9517027

Conference Papers

Date Citation
2015 Frizenschaf,J, Mosley,L, Daly,R, Kotz,S, 2015, Securing drinking water supply during extreme drought- learnings from South Australia
2014 Fitzpatrick,RW, 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

Date Citation
2014 Fitzpatrick,RW, 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,RW, 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- 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