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Dr Mark Thomas has almost 30 years of experience in land resource assessment in Australia and overseas. From a strong foundation in soil science and modern digital land evaluation, he innovates to deliver new science-based knowledge to land management challenges principally in areas of sustainable agriculture and natural resources. His research reduces uncertainty in land use decision-making, which translates to increased confidence on the part of planners and managers. He delivers this to a range of user levels and needs, including from regional policy support through to on-ground management choices.

Mark has experience in numerous project and objective settings. Examples include regional soil assessments for agricultural intensification opportunity for northern Australia; new land resource assessment systems with capability transfer to overseas research partners; the first Australian bedrock depth map to support strategic and modelling outcomes; land rehabilitation guidelines for the gas industry, and; landscape pedological research aimed at narrowing dryland farming yield gaps related to various soil constraints.

Current Roles

  • Land Resource Assessment; Northern Australia Water Resource Assessment
    Digital land resource assessment methods, land evaluation, leading publication

  • Land Resource Assessement; Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, Myanmar
    Digital soil mapping, land evaluation, soil survey, field protocols, in-country partner training

  • Soil scientist, Grains Research and Development Corporation
    Quantiative and qualitative links between landscapes and dryland cropping soil moisture

Academic Qualifications

  • 2007

    University of Adelaide, Australia

  • 1989

    MSc, Land and Water Management (Range management)
    Silsoe College, Cranfield Institute of Technology, UK

  • 1987

    BSc (Hons), Environmental Sciences (Chemistry)
    Plymouth Polytechnic, UK

Professional Experiences

  • 2007-present

    Senior Experimental Scientist
    CSIRO, Australia

  • 2004-2008

    PhD candidate
    Department for Water Land and Biodiversity, SA, Australia

  • 1998-2007

    Land resource officer
    Department for Water Land and Biodiversity, SA, Australia

  • 1994-1998

    Remote sensing specialist
    CSIR, South Africa

  • 1990-1994

    Remote sensing specialist
    Earth Observation Sciences, Ltd, UK

  • 1989-1990

    Soil surveyor, Kenya
    Booker Tate Ltd, UK


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