Dr Hizbullah Jamali


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Biography

Dr Hiz Jamali is a research scientist at CSIRO Agriculture and Food with skills in digital crop sensing technologies, agronomy, and the quantification of greenhouse gas exchange in managed and natural ecosystems.

Hiz is leading the Smarter Irrigation for Profit project funded through the Rural R&D for Profit program. This project is delivering the canopy temperature technology to the Australian cotton industry as an irrigation scheduling tool in partnership with the private sector and the Cotton Research and Development Corporation. His research explores the utility of plant-based sensing tools including canopy temperature, thermal imaging and UAVs in agronomic decision making in different crops.

Hiz is a member of CSIRO's WaterWise Project that brings together a diverse team from Agriculture and Food, and Data61 to develop digital solutions for precision irrigation in high value crops as part of the CSIRO’s Digiscape Future Science Platform. Hiz is also collaborating with the NSW DPI and the University of Southern Queensland to investigate the effect of sub-soil constraints on cotton yield by using an integrated soil-water-stress-yield approach.

After completing his PhD at the University of Melbourne, Hiz joined the Landcare Research in New Zealand as Post-Doctoral Fellow in 2011. He returned to Australia in 2013 to work as Post-Doctoral Fellow at CSIRO's Griffith laboratories where he investigated the nitrogen cycling processes to develop strategies for mitigating nitrogen losses including the nitrous oxide emissions from the irrigated broadacre systems.

His association with CSIRO dates back to 2007 when he was working as PhD candidate while based at CSIRO's Darwin laboratories.

Current Roles

  • Research Scientist
    Irrigation Agronomy

  • Project Leader
    Smarter Irrigation for Profit Phase 2, Rural R&D for Profit, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Australia and the Cotton Research and Development Corporation

Academic Qualifications

  • 2012

    PhD
    The University of Melbourne

Professional Experiences

  • 2016-now

    Research Scientist
    CSIRO Agriculture and Food, NSW, Australia

  • 2015-2015

    Research Fellow
    Deakin University, Griffith, NSW, Australia

  • 2013-2015

    Post Doctoral Fellow
    CSIRO Land and Water, Griffith, NSW, Australia

  • 2011-2013

    Post Doctoral Fellow
    Landcare Research, Palmerston North, New Zealand

Achievements and Awards

  • 2010-

    Postgraduate Publication Award
    The University of Melbourne

  • 2011-

    Postgraduate Publication Award
    The University of Melbourne

  • 2019-

    Data Carpentry Instructor Badge
    Data Carpentry

  • 2018-

    Agriculture and Food Data School
    CSIRO

Grants

  • 2019-2022

    Smarter Irrigation for Profit - Phase 2, Rural R&D for Profit (Round 4), Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Australia and the Cotton Research and Development Corporation ($2,295,635) - Project Leader

  • 2019-2022

    Minimising the yield variability to maximise the yield in cotton farming systems - Project collaborator with the NSW DPI

  • 2019-2022

    Increased yield through improved management of soil constraints in cotton farming systems - Project collaborator with the University of Southern Queensland

  • 2018-2019

    Utilizing plant-based sensing techniques for improving water profitability in fully and partially irrigated cotton, Cotton Research and Development Corporation ($417,169) - Project Leader

  • 2018-2019

    Utility of canopy temperature for crop water use, CSIRO SIP334 ($175,963) - Project Leader

  • 2017-2018

    Fast Field Phenotyping – Combining proximal and spatial sensing technologies for stress quantification, CSIRO SIP233 - Collaborator

  • 2017-2018

    Nano-bubbles in irrigated cotton, CSIRO SIP237 ($72,401) - Project Leader

  • 2015-2018

    Smarter Irrigation for Profit, Rural R&D for Profit, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Australia and the Cotton Research and Development Corporation ($1,828,096) - Project Leader

  • 2013-2015

    Assessing opportunities for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from irrigated broad-acre cropping systems in the southern Murray-Darling Basin, Department of Agriculture ($750,000) - Post-Doctoral Fellow

  • 2012-2013

    Assessment of methane oxidation by landfill cover soils, Landcare Research, New Zealand (NZ$40,000) - Project Leader

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2017-now

    Committee Member, CSIRO Agriculture & Food Vacation Scholarships

Publications

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