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Dr Lynne Macdonald

Team Leader & Principal Scientist


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Dr Lynne Macdonald is Team Leader of Carbon Accounting & Function within Agriculture & Foods Sustainability Program. The team capability spans innovations in measurement, monitoring and modelling of soil carbon stocks and flows through agricultural systems.

Dr Macdonald's personal research focuses on advancing monitoring and management of soil biological functions for resilient and sustainable agricultural systems. She has led several large multi-party research programs including the GRDCs Sandy Soil Constraints Initiative (2016-2021), Australians National Biochar Initiative (2012-2014), key components of the National Soil Carbon Research Program (2009-2012, 2012-2015), and has been a key collaborator in several investments seeking to develop and understand soil amendments (GRDC, QLD Accelerate Partnership).

Current Roles

  • Acting Research Director - Sustainability
    April 2022 - June 2022

  • Team Leader
    Carbon Accounting & Function

  • Science Lead - Soil Function Indicators
    Valuing Sustainability Future Science Platform

  • Science Lead - Soil Carbon Indicators
    CSIRO HandPrint - Trusted Solutions for Agribuisness sustainability transition

  • Science Collaborator - Soil Carbon Tools
    DigiScape Soil Spectral Platform

  • Science Collaborator - Soil Constraints
    GRDC Sandy Soils Program (CSP00203, 2016-2023)

  • Research Affiliate - The University of Adelaide
    Ph.D. supervision, student mentoring, guest lectures (2014-present)

Academic Qualifications

  • 2002

    PhD Plant & Soil Science - rhizosphere carbon dynamics
    University of Aberdeen / Macaulay Institute, Aberdeen, Scotland UK

  • 1998

    BSc (Hons) Environmental Microbiology
    University of Aberdeen, Scotland UK

Professional Experiences

  • 2006-2008

    PDF: Soil fingerprinting techniques for forensic application (SoilFit, EPSRC).
    Macaulay Institute, Scotland UK.

  • 2004-2006

    PDF: Soil microbial function for improved productivity in cropping systems (GRDC).
    CSIRO Land & Water, Glen Osmond , Australia.

  • 2002-2004

    Visiting Fellow: Microbiological processes that govern greenhouse gas emissions (NSERC).
    Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Lethbridge Research Station, Alberta, Canada.

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2016-2019

    Inclusion & Diversity in-program lead

  • 2010-2012

    CSIRO Land & Water Public Seminar Coordinator

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