Thomas Lines

Dr Thomas Lines

Grant-Funded Researcher (B)

School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

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

Dr Thomas Lines is an agricultural researcher with qualifications in biotechnology, chemical engineering, and plant/ algal physiology. He has a passion for conducting high quality, applied research that can be of immediate benefit to agricultural industries, such as developing sustainable practices and improving soil health and crop resilience. His research interests and expertise include horticulture, viticulture, soil ecology, AgTech, carbon farming/economics, molecular biology, technology, biochemical engineering, evolution, climate change, ecology, and microbiology.

Through his current position as Research Fellow in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, his research focuses on the complex interactions between under-vine cover crops, soil health and perennial horticulture crops. This work has been extended by the funding body, Wine Australia, and has also led to a number of other cover crop related projects, including a recently awarded Hort Innovation funded project (five years) on semi-arid region cover cropping in Almond Orchards.

Dr Lines has a passion for problem solving and science communication, which has aided in developing technical and soft skills that include bioinformatics (Qiime2: NextGen Sequencing analysis), data analysis (R), grant writing, conducting presentations and workshops, outreach, collaborating with industry, and stakeholder engagement.

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

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2020 - 2022 Co-Supervisor Cover Crops, Carbon Dynamics and the Ecological Intensification of Vineyards – A View From Under the Vine Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Joseph Nicholas John Marks
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2022 - 2022 Principal Supervisor ‘Under-vine ground cover does not significantly affect canopy arthropod diversity in small field trial’ The University of Adelaide - Honours Full Time Jonathan Ward
    2021 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Viticulture and soil ecology The University of Adelaide - Honours Full Time Benjamin Hayward
  • Mentoring

    Date Topic Location Name
    2021 - 2021 Temperature effects of cover crops in vineyards The University of Adelaide FIPS 2021 students
    2020 - 2021 Foundations in Plant Science The University of Adelaide Hien Minh Vu, Zachary Rogers, Jonathan Ward, Michael Lyons, Elka Parsons
  • Consulting/Advisories

    Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country
    2020 - ongoing Limestone Coast Grape and Wine Council Research Scientific research Australia
  • Position: Grant-Funded Researcher (B)
  • Phone: 83138356
  • Email:
  • Campus: Waite
  • Building: Taylor (CSIRO), floor 3
  • Org Unit: Agricultural Science

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