Maximilian McQuillan

Maximilian McQuillan

School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

Faculty of Sciences

Currently I am a member of the Soils Group in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine.

I am primarily interested in the functioning of pristine marginal environments and the lessons that can be learned from these systems for conservation and restoration.

The Australian continent is unique in many ways: much of its soil is infertile, much of it is arid, and this is perfectly reflected in its specialized and fragile biota. Arguably, phosphorus (P) is the most limiting macro nutrient throughout most of the continent. Yet, the vegetation is commonly dominated by only two genera: Acacia or Eucalyptus. There has been a lot of research on native plant-soil interactions in intact ecosystems in Western Australia with special emphasis on P, where it is known to be especially depauperate. However, the relatively more fertile eastern side of Australia has received much less attention. My research aims to address this research Gap to try and understand how Australian Plants, especially members of Acacia and Eucalyptus deal with P when it is not limiting.

I believe that having an outsider perspective can help to weave together insights from a range of research fields and across hierarchies.

  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    German Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2018 - 2019 University of Adelaide Australia Honours - Soil Science
    2015 - 2018 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science (Advanced)

Honours Scholarship – AW Howard Memorial Trust Inc.

Dr Jennifer Gardner Prize for Waite Arboretum Research

I have been employed as a laboratory demonstrator for undergraduate Soils classes since the beginning of 2019

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