Dr Mark Thomas

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Dr Mark Thomas has >25 years of experience in land resource assessment in Australia and overseas. From a strong foundation in soil science and modern land evaluation Mark innovates to deliver and translates this knowledge to management challenges, principally in the areas of sustainable agriculture and natural resources. As a result of this knowledge transfer there is reduced uncertainty in land-based decision making and increased confidence in public investment and regulation. This has been delivered into some of the most pressing contemporary land issues of the day: northern Australia for new resource regulation and agricultural investment; national bedrock depth mapping to underpin economic objectives and environmental modelling; the gas extraction industries to assess the impacts of extraction activities on communities and primary industries; new sustainable land planning support tools for developing countries, and; new data and methods for wise dryland farming decisions.

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
    Quantiative and qualitative links between landscapes and dryland cropping soil moisture

Academic Qualifications

  • 2007

    University of Adelaide, Australia

  • 1989

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

  • 1988

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

Professional Experiences

  • 2008-present

    Experimental Scientist
    CSIRO, Australia

  • 2004-2008

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

  • 1998-2004

    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