Royal Society of Tasmania - 2013 Launceston Lecture Series


Delving into the Soil Carbon Black Box

Start Date

24th Nov 2013 2:00pm


Meeting Room, QVMAG, Inveresk

RSVP / Contact Information

E:, P: 63233798

Dr Leigh Sparrow

Senior Research Fellow in Soil Science,
UTAS, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture

will present

Delving into the Soil Carbon Black Box


A cool temperate climate means Tasmania’s soils generally have high concentrations of carbon.  Intensive farming, especially frequent cropping, causes carbon concentrations to decrease.  Dr Sparrow will outline the principles which govern the amount of carbon expected for any particular combination of soil, climate and farming system, and show how these apply to current Tasmanian situations.  The data raises concerns about sustainable farming and carbon sequestration in soil, but also good news.

Dr Sparrow is a Senior Research Fellow in Soil Science with the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, University of Tasmania. With a background in soil fertility, Dr Sparrow’s early career focused on soil testing and fertiliser management, but he has also studied heavy metal contamination, irrigation management and soil-borne diseases. His recent research includes modelling and measuring changes in soil carbon in different farming systems, with the aim of assessing the capacity of the soil to sustain agriculture.  Implications for carbon storage in soil have also been evaluated.


Admission: $5 General Public, $3 Friends of the Museum, $2 Students
Free for members of the Royal Society of Tasmania