JENKINS, Abigail

Research interests

Abigail is interested in all areas of soil research the NSW DPI undertakes with respect to its communication within government and outside to the broader public. She has been involved in projects covering soil biology, soil erosion and remediation, non formal adult learning and monitoring tools for soil health, acid sulfate soils, biochar, compost use in agriculture and soil carbon.


Abigail has worked in soils and communications since 1997. She has produced a number of publications and tools and presented at conferences on soils communication approaches.
In the past I have written this about my role and interest: “Abigail Jenkins is a self confessed 'ped head' passionate about sharing information about soils. As Soil development officer with NSW DPI's Soil Unit her role involves making sure the most relevant and up to date info about soils is accessible for those that need it. This includes editing a quarterly newsletter called All the Dirt and coordinating monthly soils webinars”


BSc (geomorphology)
Grad Dip App. Sci. (agronomy)

Current projects

All the Dirt newsletter
Soil network of Knowledge (SNoK)

Recent publications

Cox J et al. 2012 Biochar in horticulture: Prospects for the use of biochar in Australian horticulture. HAL report. ISBN 978 1 74256 349 7
Chapter 1 and 2

Saving soil Alt S , Jenkins A and Lines-Kelly R 2009

Soil erosion solution leaflet series 2007 with S Alt and R Lines Kelly

Soil erosion solutions book and 2 with Alt S :
Soil erosion solutions - not available online

Soil biology basics: Nematodes 2005

Soil biology basics: Fungi 2005

Soil biology basics: How to build oragnic matter in your soils wiutrh G Scwhenke 2005

How to compost on farm (Agnote DPI 448) 2003

Using compost in macadamia orchards (Agnote DPI 472) 2004

Professional associations and activities

Member of:

  • Soil Science Australia
  • Australasian pacific extension network (APEN)

Keyword/phrase list of research interests

  • Soil
  • Development

Contact details

Phone: (02) 6626 1357
Mobile: 0429 159 482