Research student profile: Kanika Singh

Project title

Soil carbon pool estimation and management, mostly in the central west of NSW.

Project overview

My project aims to study the spatial variability of carbon within a paddock and demarcate the management zones. Mapping and sampling of the soil within the zone and the prime mover of the variation. Comparison of the conventional method of estimating soil carbon to the new method. The remediation of the soil by input response measurement. Physical (no till, stubble retention), chemical (nutrient circulation) and biological (microbial) remediation to regain fertility.

At the moment, research has shown a rise in carbon dioxide and the green house gas emission which is due to the land use change. One half to two third of the soil organic carbon has already been lost from the soil which can only be restored by different management practices.

My work involves the compendium of the ancillary data such as yield data, DEM, ECa, soil type, bulk density, etc, to study the variability of carbon in a specific area . This requires the skilled knowledge of GIS, proximal sensing, biometry and biology for remedial practices.

Reason behind the spatial variability of carbon pool within a paddock and each zone. The remedial management practices which can be used on each zone.


I am an international student from India and completed my BSc. Food science and quality control and MSc. In environmental science-specialisation in solid waste management at the Punjab University Chandigarh. I was working on different ETP projects in different industries and I was the laboratory officer dealing with the tests such as COD, BOD etc. I started my PhD in March 2009.

I have been granted the University of Sydney's World Scholar’s Scholarship 2009. I am also a university rank holder; the president of India presides over the convocation meeting and I got a silver medal.

In the second year of my studies I had attended the Science Congress 2008 where I presented a poster on carbon emission and trading.



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