Professor Natural Resources Science
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Wayne is currently the Adjunct Professor of Natural Resource Science after 9 years at the University of Adelaide. He is the Director of the Landscape Futures Program that is part of the Environment Institute at the University.
Wayne is a product of rural South Australia, a graduate of the University of Adelaide, with research experience in Texas, USA and South Africa. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
His research career has included 27 years in CSIRO as an irrigation scientist, systems modeller and sustainable agriculture research manager. He was the founding CEO of the CRC for Irrigation Futures that supported 50 postgraduates contribute to the irrigation industry. He initiated and guided the Lower Murray Landscape Futures program and Envisioning Landscape Futures project that has assisted communities plan for changes in future climate and market conditions.
His current research builds on his experience in making science more influential in managing our soils, water and vegetation. His aim is to help people and communities find new ways to use land and water that is productive and conserves Australia’s natural plants and animals.
In recent years he acquired a small holding in the Murray mallee of SA and is in the process of revegetating it with endemic species amid rampant weeds and pest animals. He and Nancy are restoring the 1900 paddock limestone cottage on the property. Among other interests Wayne maintains a family interest in beekeeping, woodwork and fixing things, especially those with heritage value.
Research InterestsAgricultural Hydrology Agricultural Land Management Agricultural Production Systems Simulation Climate Change Processes Crop and Pasture Physiology Decision Support and Group Support Systems Ecological Impacts of Climate Change Ecosystem Function Environmental Science and Management Land Use and Environmental Planning Natural Resource Management Plant Physiology Rheology Soil Physics Sustainable Agricultural Development
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