Water is the most limiting factor for productivity in dryland agriculture. My mission is to find ways to help farmers maximise their productive and sustainable use of water, through research into:
I was born and educated in Indonesia until 1991 and worked as a lecturer of soil science at the University of Jenderal Soedirman, Purwokerto in Central Java, Indonesia. In 1991, I was awarded an IDP scholarship for a Master’s degree in soil physics at the University of Queensland, Brisbane. This was followed by a PhD scholarship from the Meat Research Corporation for soil hydrology under temperate pastures at the University of New England, Armidale.
I started working at DPI in 1999 as a technical officer in a deep drainage/dryland salinity project. At the same time, I was completing my PhD thesis, which had a strong component in soil physics and soil hydraulic parameterisation for use in physical-based soil hydrology models. In 2000 I was appointed as a hydrologist modeller for the deep drainage project, followed by appointment as a research hydrologist for the Farm Forestry Unit in NSW DPI in 2002.
After the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, I worked in two soil and crop rehabilitation projects in Aceh, followed by two development projects to improve soil and crop productivities in the lowland and dryland farming systems in Aceh. These projects were all co-founded by ACIAR.
Since 2005, I have developed an interest in soil carbon and using amendments including biochar to improve soil and crop productivity; I would like to pursue and link this interest with soil water.
I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and have Certificate IV qualifications in training and assessment, which I used to conduct writing workshops for scientists and university students from Indonesia and DPI teams.
Phone: 02 6763 1457
Location: Tamworth Agricultural Institute