BROCK, Pip

Pip Brock

Research interests

Natural resource management for agricultural systems, with current emphasis on greenhouse gas emissions mitigation

Background

Pip Brock has 24 years experience in environmental management. During the past six years, she has been researching climate mitigation strategies, specifically through the development of agricultural Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) in SimaPro.

Pip has previously held specialist and management positions in water policy, soil management and general natural resource management. She has also been involved in administration of funding, assessment of projects under State and National funding rounds, streamlining access to government services, community engagement and capacity building at a National level and socio-economic assessment.

She managed NSW DPI's contribution to the NSW Resource Condition monitoring, evaluation and reporting strategy and authored the Macquarie Marshes land and water management plan.

Qualifications

  • BScAg (Hons I) USyd
  • PhD Macquarie
  • Grad Cert Public Sector Management Flinders

Current projects

  • Identifying national opportunities for grains emissions mitigation and other environmental improvements, using LCA and AusAgLCI (GRDC DAN00186) 2014-2017
  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of farming systems in NSW (GRDC DAN00160) 2012-2015
  • A review of emission methodologies for the Australian cotton industry and development of a detailed study for north west NSW (CRDC) 2014-2015

Recent publications

Brock PM, Schwenke GD, Herridge DF (2016) Assessing the GHG emissions mitigation potential for cereal-based cropping sequences through changes to management of synthetic and biologically-fixed N inputs. Proceedings of the 10th International LCA Food Conference, 19-21 October 2016, Dublin.

Brock PM, Muir S, Herridge DF, Simmons A (2016) Cradle-to-farm gate greenhouse gas emissions for 2-year wheat monoculture and break crop-wheat sequences in south-eastern Australia. Crop and Pasture Science 67, 812–822. [http://www.publish.csiro.au/cp/CP15260]

Herridge DF, Brock PM, Muir S and Simmons AT (2015) Carbon footprints of monoculture wheat and wheat-based rotations in south-eastern Australia: certainties and uncertainties. Proceedings of the 1st Australian Conference LCA for Agriculture and Food, Melbourne, 23-24 November, 2015.

Hedayati M, Brock PM and Simmons AT (2015) How sensitive is the calculated climate change impact of cotton production in North West New South Wales to fertiliser-related N2O

emission values? Proceedings of the 1st Australian Conference on LCA for Agriculture and Food, Melbourne, 23-24 November, 2015.

Hedayati M, Brock PM and Simmons AT (2015) Consequential LCA in cotton production systems: opportunities. Proceedings of the 1st Australian Conference on LCA for Agriculture and Food, Melbourne, 23-24 November, 2015.

Brock P, Muir S and Simmons A (2014) LCA as a tool for targeted GHG mitigation in Australian cropping systems. Proceedings of the 9th International LCA of Food Conference, 8-10 October 2014, San Francisco, USA.

Suenaga H, Tan DKY and Brock PM (2014) Life-Cycle Assessment of rice production systems: Comparison of Lao PDR, Japan and Australia. Proceedings of the 3rd LCANZ and NZLCM Centre LCA Conference, 2-3 September 2014, Wellington, New Zealand.

Tan D, Brock PM, Hulugalle NR, Quigley G (2013) Life cycle assessment of cotton-corn farming systems in the Namoi Valley, Australia. Proceedings of the 8th Australian LCA Conference, 16-18 July 2013, Manly, Australia.

Brock PM, Graham P, Madden P and Alcock DJ (2013) Greenhouse gas emissions profile for 1 kg of wool produced in the Yass Region, New South Wales: a Life Cycle Assessment approach. Animal Production Science 53, 495-508. [http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/AN12208.htm]

Brock PM, Graham P, Herridge DF, Madden, P and Schwenke GD (2012) Determining greenhouse gas emissions profiles for Australian agricultural products at a regional scale: methodological opportunities and obstacles. The 8th International Conference on LCA in the Agri-Food Sector, 2-4 October 2012, St Malo, France.

Brock P, Madden P, Schwenke G and Herridge D (2012) Greenhouse gas emissions profile for 1 tonne of wheat produced in Central Zone (East) New South Wales: a Life Cycle Assessment approach. Crop and Pasture Science 63(4) 319-329. [http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/CP11191.htm]

Brock PM, Graham P, Herridge, DF, Madden P and Schwenke GD (2012) Determining emissions profiles for Australian agricultural products at a regional scale: methodological opportunities and obstacles. Proceedings of the 2nd LCANZ and NZLCM Centre Conference on LCA, 28-29 March 2012, Auckland, New Zealand.

Herridge D, Schwenke G and Brock P (2011) Nitrogen-fixing chickpea underpin productive, sustainable farming systems in Australia’s Northern Grains Region. The 25th Latin American Conference on Rhizobiology, 9 September 2011, Uruguay.

Professional associations and activities

  • Member of the Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society
  • Member of the CCRSPI Energy Theme Group

Fields of research

  • 040104 Climate Change Processes
  • 070107 Farming Systems Research
  • 050209 Natural Resource Management
  • 120504 Land Use and Environmental Planning

Keyword/phrase list of research interests

  • Life cycle assessment
  • Greenhouse gas emissions mitigation
  • Natural resource management

Contact details

Email: pip.brock@dpi.nsw.gov.au