• The University of Western Australia (M087), 35 Stirling Highway, Room 2.212, Soil Science Building, Perth campus

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Biography

Daniel started work at UWA in 1999 after spending 4 years conducting agricultural research in the UK. He currently manages a research program that addresses issues relating to the development of sustainable management practices for agriculture, horticulture and mine sites under rehabilitation. The biological fertility of soil is a major focus of this research where staff and students employ a range of molecular, isotopic, biochemical and enzymatic tools to study microbial ecology and nutrient cycling and issues relating to microbial function and diversity. Research is primarily funded through the Australian Grains Research and Development Corporation, the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry, the Australian Research Council and industry partners.

Previous positions

1998 – 1999 Research Scientist
IACR-ROTHAMSTED
Soil Science Department, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2JQ, U.K.

The focus of this research was to use isotopic pool dilution techniques to further develop a process-based understanding of nutrient cycling in agricultural, grassland and natural systems. The ratio of gross nitrification to ammonium immobilisation was assessed as an index of N loss against modelled and measured leaching rates. The same principles were also used to assess the concept of ‘N saturation’ across a European N deposition gradient. Research also addressed the movement and loss of dissolved organic matter.

1995 – 1998 Postdoctoral Research Scientist
IACR-ROTHAMSTED
Soil Science Department, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2JQ, U.K.

My contract was a joint appointment between Rothamsted and the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research (IGER). Overall focus of this research was to develop detailed data sets on nutrient cycling and soil organic matter for model development (mechanistic; based on turnover of soil organic matter fractions) and evaluation (SUNDIAL/Roth-C).

Collaborators: Dr Steve Jarvis and Dr David Hatch (IGER), Dr Decland Barraclough (Reading University), Dr Mark Shepherd (ADAS)

Teaching

Undergraduate lecturing:
·Soil Biology and Plant Nutrition (EART2240)
·Terrestrial Ecosystems (EART1110)

Roles and responsibilities

Development of equipment to measure gross N fluxes in coarse textured soils.
Established soil organic matter fractionation protocol for WA soils.

Research interests

Microbial nutrient cycling
Microbial ecology
Soil biological fertility
Carbon sequestration
Farming systems
Isotope application to soil research

Research expertise keywords

  • Soil biology/biochemistry
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Function of soil organic matter
  • Microbial ecology
  • Greenhouse gases
  • Nutrient cycling in terrestrial ecosystems
  • Soil biological limitations to crop production
  • Soil quality
  • Mine site rehabilitation

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Research Output

Engineering rhizobacterial community resilience with mannose nanofibril hydrogels towards maintaining grain production under drying climate stress

Mathes, F., Murugaraj, P., Bougoure, J., Pham, V. T. H., Truong, V. K., Seufert, M., Wissemeier, A. H., Mainwaring, D. E. & Murphy, D. V., Mar 2020, In : Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 142, 107715.

The University of Western Australia

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Open Access
  • Manure and Mineral Fertilizer Effects on Crop Yield and Soil Carbon Sequestration: A Meta-Analysis and Modeling Across China

    Jiang, G., Zhang, W., Xu, M., Kuzyakov, Y., Zhang, X., Wang, J., Di, J. & Murphy, D. V., 1 Nov 2018, In : Global Biogeochemical Cycles. 32, 11, p. 1659-1672 14 p.

    The University of Western Australia

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  • Rehabilitated Mine-Site Management, Soil Health and Climate Change

    Banning, N., Lalor, B. M., Grigg, A. H., Phillips, I. R., Colquhoun, I. J., Jones, D. L. & Murphy, D., 2011, Soil Health and Climate Change. Singh, B. P., Cowie, A. L. & Yin Chan, K. (eds.). 1 ed. Germany: Springer, Vol. 29. p. 287-313 (Soil Biology).

    The University of Western Australia

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    Regulation of amino acid biodegradation in soil as affected by depth

    Kemmitt, S. J., Wright, D., Murphy, D. & Jones, D. L., 2008, In : Biology and Fertility of Soils. 44, 7, p. 933-941

    The University of Western Australia

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