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Dr Lynne Macdonald

Principal Research Scientist


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As a research scientist with CSIRO Agriculture & Food, Dr Lynne Macdonald has specialist focus on sustainability from a soil science perspective. Joining CSIRO in 2009, she currently leads a portfolio of work on soil carbon and low emissions agriculture which aligns with CSIROs Towards Net Zero Mission and the Valuing Sustainability Future Science Platform.

Dr Macdonald has strong interest in understanding the benefits and trade-offs of agricultural management on carbon sequestration, greenhouse gas emissions, and production resilience. Her work is underpinned by diverse career experiences in soil carbon and GHG science, amelioration of soil constraints in cropping systems, and soil forensic sciences. With experience in leading multi-disciplinary programs, Lynne enjoys defining and addressing complex science challenges relevant to stakeholder needs, and in translating scientific data into accessible indicators/tools to guide on-farm target setting.

Originally from Scotland, she has a PhD in Plant & Soil Science from the University of Aberdeen, is an affiliate at the University of Adelaide, and sits on the Science Advisory Committee for Australian company New Edge Microbials.

Other Interests

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Current Roles

  • Towards Net Zero Missions: Decarbonisation - Agriculture
    Agricultural Lead: project development

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

  • 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

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2016-2019

    Inclusion & Diversity in-program lead

  • 2010-2012

    CSIRO Land & Water Public Seminar Coordinator

We have publications by Dr Lynne Macdonald