Timothy Cavagnaro

Associate Professor Timothy Cavagnaro

Associate Professor

School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

Faculty of Sciences

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


Tim Cavagnaro is an Associate Professor and Future Fellow in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, The University of Adelaide. His teaching and research interests are in soil ecology and plant biology. Members of his research group investigate the impacts of land management and environmental change on soil microbial communities, nutrient cycling and plant growth and nutrition. Ultimately, the goal of Tim’s research is to help to increase global food production in a sustainable manner. You can learn more about this research at soilecology.org

Tim’s Soil Ecology Research Group seeks to discover the impacts of environmental change and management on soil ecological processes. A key theme in our research is undertaking high quality fundamental and applied research that can be used by policy makers to make informed decisions. Our research involves a number of projects in two main areas:

  • Fundamental soil ecology: linking microbial diversity to ecosystem function. This includes our work on molecular ecology and the role of microbes in releasing nutrients from organic matter.

  • The role of soil microbes in making available, and delivering nutrients, to plants. This includes our work on mycorrhizas.

Research outcomes are used to address issues of national and international significance. Spanning the science-policy interface is therefore an important theme in our research.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2015 Associate Professor and Future Fellow The University of Adelaide
    2014 - 2015 Senior Lecturer and Future Fellow University of Adelaide
    2006 - 2014 Senior Lecturer and Future Fellow Monash University
    2003 - 2006 Project Scientist University of California, Davis
    2001 - 2003 ARC Research Associate University of Adelaide
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2007 - 2009 Monash University Australia Grad. Cert. High. Ed
    1998 - 2001 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    1994 - 1997 The University of Adelaide Australia B Ag Sc (Hons)
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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2017 Principal Supervisor Ecosystem Services Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Anthelia Bond
    2017 Principal Supervisor The Effects of Arbuscular Mycorrhizas on the Growth and Nutrition of Food Crops Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Binh Thi Thanh Tran
    2017 Principal Supervisor Mycorrhigas in Urban Agricultural Systems Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Matthias Johannes Salomon
    2017 Principal Supervisor The Role of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi in Nutrient Leaching Under Salinity and Water Stress Conditions Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Cuc Thi Kim Tran
    2017 Principal Supervisor Optimising Phosphate Supply to Plants by Adjusting the Mixture of Inorganic P Fertilizer and Organic Amendments, and Roles for Arbuscular Mycorrhizas Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Thi Thanh Hue Ngo
    2016 Principal Supervisor Carbon Cycling in Mangrove Sediments and Impacts of Agricultural Runoff Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Christina Helen Asanopoulos
    2015 Principal Supervisor Manipulating the Soil Microbiome for Improving Plant Responses to N& Drought Stress Doctor of Philosophy under a Jointly-awarded Degree Agreement with Doctorate Full Time Miss Olivia Herlina Cousins
    2015 Principal Supervisor Nutrient Cycling Between Litters and Soil after Fire in Native Woodland and Pinus radiata Plantations Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Erinne Stirling
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2015 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Interactions Between Native and Exotic Plants in the Context of Grassland Restoration and the Importance of Below-ground Processes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Monique Smith
    2015 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Soil Hydraulic and Salinity Restrictions to Water Availability in Very Sandy Soil Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Justice Okona Frimpong
    2014 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Biological farming systems: Is there a role for mycorrhizas and organic amendments in the grain industry? Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Jessica Eve Mackay
    2014 - 2017 Co-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
  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 83132770
  • Email: timothy.cavagnaro@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: Waite
  • Building: Taylor (CSIRO), floor 3
  • Room: 3 22
  • Org Unit: School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

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