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Biodiversity in the City : issue 1
13 Jonathan Gray Jonathan started his career as a geologist working with mining companies but moved into soil science as his commitment to the environment and sustainable land management grew. He is involved in research to protect the soils of NSW and improve the environment. His work includes assessing the ability of soil to store carbon by applying compost, which is potentially an important strategy in improving soil health and helping to mitigate climate change. He is also interested in the factors that control the distribution of soil such as varying climate and geology -- why is soil rich and fertile in some areas but poor and infertile in others? Brian Murphy Brian has studied the impact of land management on soil degradation including water erosion, loss of soil carbon, soil acidification, soil structure decline and salinisation. He has also studied the impacts of climate change on soils, especially how climate change affects soil carbon and how increasing soil carbon levels can be used to reduce carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. Studying soil biodiversity and how changes in land management affect the different organisms that live in soils. His knowledge includes links between geology, geomorphology and soils, and interpreting soil tests and classifying soils. Brian Jenkins Brian has over 20 years experiencing working on a range of soil and terrain related projects in Australia and overseas. His work includes assessing soil properties and distribution, water movements through soil and salinity processes. He is interested in soil biodiversity and how changes in climate and landuse affect soil organisms. Peter Barker Peter has worked in environmental conservation for over 30 years. His experience includes soil and land surveys for resource management and research on the impact of land management practices on soil condition and processes of dryland salinity. Peter has managed numerous studies into a wide variety of integrated natural resource management issues of local, regional and state significance involving scientific staff across a broad range of disciplines.