Petra Marschner

Professor Petra Marschner

Professor

School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

Faculty of Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


My research is focussed on nutrient cycling in the soil-plant system and in particular the factors that influence the cycling of C, N and P.
Members of my research team have conducted work on the effect of environmental factors such as soil salinity and soil water content and the effect of residue properties such as nutrient concentration on nutrient availability, microbial biomass C, N and P and soil respiration.
For a general overview of nutrient cycling, you can listen to the following podcast:

https://radio.adelaide.edu.au/digging-up-the-facts-about-soils/

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Principal Supervisor Rainfall History Affecting Soil Microbial Respiration in South Australia Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Joseph Nicholas John Marks
    2018 Principal Supervisor Comparison of methods for establishing native grasses in high rainfall, annual-dominated pastures Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Mrs Marne Marie Durnin
    2017 Principal Supervisor The Effect of Single Heating on Soil Microbial Activity and Nutrient Cycling Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Mihiri Seneviratne
    2017 Principal Supervisor Phosphorus and Iron in Acid Sulfate Soils Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Sonia Samanthi Mayakaduwage
    2016 Principal Supervisor Effects of Organic Amendments on Soil Nutrient Availability, Microbial Activity and Plant Growth Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Thi Hoang Ha Truong
    2016 Principal Supervisor Accumulation and Depletion of Soil P Pools Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Khuyen Thi Kim Hoang
    2016 Principal Supervisor Effect of Drought on Phosphorous Pool in the Detritusphere Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Kehinde Olajide Erinle
    2015 Principal Supervisor Nutrient Cycling in Sandy Soils Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Thi Huong Xuan Le
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2015 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Effects of drying-rewetting, previous and current soil water content on soil respiration, microbial biomass and nutrient availability in soils without or with plant residues differing in C/N ratio Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Yanchen Zhang
    2015 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Effect of organic matter and sulfidic clay addition on pH and redox potential of inland acid sulfate soils Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Nilmini Jayalath
    2014 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Soil Respiration and Ecosystem Carbon Flux in Semi-Arid Woodlands: Effect of Season, Precipitation and Wildfire Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Qiaoqi Sun
    2013 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Capacity of Organic Materials to retain Metals and Protons Released from Sulfuric Acid Sulfate Soils Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Tan Thanh Dang
    2013 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Clay Amended Sandy Soil - Influence of Clay Concentration and Particle Size on Nutrient Availability and Organic Carbon Content after Plant Residue Addition Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Shermeen Tahir
    2013 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Carbon Storage in Sandy Soil Amended with Clay. Examining the Relationship of Organic Carbon Concentration to Clay Concentration, Clod Size and Distribution Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Amanda Michelle Schapel
    2012 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Bivariate Models for the Analysis of Internal Nitrogen Use Efficiency: Mixture Models as an Exploratory Tool Master of Applied Science Master Full Time Ms Sabela Munoz Santa
    2012 - 2015 Principal Supervisor REMEDIATION OF ACID SULFATE SOILS BY ORGANIC MATTER ADDITION Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Chaolei Yuan
    2012 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Alleviating the Negative Effect of Salinity on Soil Respiration by Plant Residue Addition - Effect of Residue Properties, Mixing and Amendment Frequency Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr . Hasbullah
    2012 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Microbial activity and biomass in saline soils as affected by carbon availability Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Bannur Mohamed Ahmed Elmajdoub
    2011 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Evaluating the abiotic stress tolerance of transgenic barley expressing an Arabidopsis vacuolar proton-pumping pyrophosphatase gene (AVP1) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Rhiannon Kate Schilling
    2010 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Response of microbial activity and biomass to changes in soil salinity and water content Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Nan Yan
    2010 - 2015 Principal Supervisor The Effects of Residue Mixing, Clay Content and Drying and Rewetting on Soil Respiration and Microbial Biomass Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Andong Shi
    2010 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Effect of Compost on Soil Phosphorous Availability Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Suman Lata Verma
    2010 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Compost Effects on Soil Properties and Plant Growth Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Thi Thanh Tra Duong
    2010 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Compost effects on soil water content, plant growth under drought and nutrient leaching Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Trung Ta Nguyen
    2009 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Effect of legume residues on P availability in soil and P uptake by the following wheat Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Md. Alamgir
    2009 - 2011 Principal Supervisor The Effects of Legumes on Arbuscular Mychorrhizal Colonisation and Phosphorus Uptake on Wheat Master of Agricultural Science Master Full Time Mr . Hasbullah
    2008 - 2012 Principal Supervisor Dissolved Organic Matter Dynamics and Microbial Activity in Salt-Affected Soils Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Manpreet Singh Mavi
    2008 - 2012 Principal Supervisor Effects of Legume Growth and Residue Decomposition on Growth and Phosphorous Uptake in Following Wheat Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Hasnuri Mat Hassan
    2008 - 2011 Principal Supervisor Soil Microbial Activity and Community Structure as Affected by Osmotic and Matric Potential Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Nasrin Chowdhury
    2007 - 2011 Principal Supervisor Modelling Organic Carbon Turnover in Salt-Affected Soils Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Raj Setia
    2007 - 2010 Principal Supervisor Effect of Clay on Plant Residue Decomposition Master of Agricultural Science Master Full Time Miss Shariah Umar
    2007 - 2009 Principal Supervisor Dynamics of Plant Residue Decomposition and Nutrient Release Master of Agricultural Science Master Full Time Mrs Thi Thanh Tra Duong
    2005 - 2008 Principal Supervisor Nutrient Availability and Wheat Growth as Affected by Plant Residues and Inorganic Fertilizers in Saline Soils Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ahmed Elgharably
    2004 - 2008 Principal Supervisor Drying/Rewetting Cycles in Southern Australian Agricultural Soils: Effects on Turnover of Soil Phosphorus, Carbon and the Microbial Biomass Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Clayton Butterly
    2003 - 2009 Principal Supervisor Effect of Crop Residue Qualities on Decomposition Rates, Soil Phosphorus Dynamics and Plant Phosphorus Uptake Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Shahriar Mohammod Iqbal
    2002 - 2007 Co-Supervisor Characterization of the Life Cycle and Cellular Interactions of AM Fungi with the reduced mycorrhizal colonization (rmc) Mutant of Tomato (Solanum Lycopersicum L.) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Ma Manjarrez Martinez
    2002 - 2005 Co-Supervisor Roles of Mycorrhizal Symbiosis in Growth and Phosphorus Nutrition of Wheat in a Highly Calcareous Soil Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Huiying Li
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  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2014 - ongoing Editor Soil Biology and Biochemistry
    2008 - ongoing Board Member Biology and Fertility of Soils
  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: 83137379
  • Email: petra.marschner@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 6511
  • Campus: Waite
  • Building: Prescott (CSIRO), floor 3
  • Room: 3 07
  • Org Unit: School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

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