Dr Kanika Singh

Research Fellow
School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Member of Sydney Institute of Agriculture

C81 - ATP - The Biomedical Building
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

I am a soil scientist; my PhD investigated in detail the complex spatial variability of soil carbon, and its important role in agro-ecosystems. I have long held an active interest in agricultural and environmental science, in particular the waste management sector. My extensive study and work experience within the industry reflect this.

My work experience as a Postdoctoral researcher at Faculty of Agriculture and Environment has provided me with valuable experience in a range of environmental and social sustainability areas, most notably: greenhouse gas inventory preparation, sustainability reporting, and community and socially responsible investment, carbon sequestration- emphasis on measurement and management of soil carbon under different land use (mainly the agriculture- cropping and pasture).

This has helped develop my proposal and business writing skills and has guided me in communicating effectively and recommending appropriate solutions for clients that take into account the three-pronged approach of sustainability: environmental, social and economic sustainability. My work experience during the regional scale soil carbon survey has also enabled me to approach problems through the perspective of an engineer, breaking down a task into components that can be immediately put into action through existing knowledge and resources. I feel that it is this breadth of experience, level of analytical skills, attention to detail and a healthy dose of creativity that will make me an effective and dependable researcher.

Research interests

Throughout my PhD I have endeavoured to accurately measure and manage soil carbon in the agricultural land of NSW, Australia. As a result, I have developed a comprehensive knowledge of this field. Regular soil surveys at the regional scale and liaison with various stakeholders, including farmers and industry representatives, have equipped me with sound practical skills and the ability to translate my work to non-specialist public.
I am a good communicator and have presented to a wide variety of audiences, including industry representatives and academics.
My research interests are:

  • To work towards making soil healthy and sustainable.
  • To collaborate with farmers and focus on helping them to increase crop yield.
  • To focus on soil security.
  • Last but not the least hope to consume food that grows on healthy soil.

Awards and honours

  • Alpha lady of the future award, 2008-2009, Panjab University, India
  • University rank holder
  • University of Sydney World scholar award (2009-present)
  • Henry Bertie and Florence Mabel Gritton Scholarship in Soil chemistry (2010-present)
  • Awarded the soil science gift of the year in 2012

Themes

Environment

Selected grants

2014

  • Extending the value of data: a national workshop on novel analysis for soil and water resources; Singh K, Minasny B, Van Ogtrop F, Vervoort R; Australia India Council/Research Support.

2012

  • Soil Carbon in Commercial Cropping Systems: Science to Best Agronomic Practice; Whelan B, Ampt P, Singh K; Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (Federal)/Carbon Farming Futures Action on the Ground.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Singh, K., Minasny, B., McBratney, A., Short, M., Namazi, F. (2012). Sampling for field measurement of soil carbon using Vis-NIR spectroscopy. In Budiman Minasny, Brendan P. Malone, Alex B. McBratney (Eds.), Digital Soil Assessments and Beyond, (pp. 415-420). Leiden, The Netherlands: CRC Press. [More Information]

Journals

  • Palmer, J., Thorburn, P., Meier, E., Biggs, J., Whelan, B., Singh, K., Eyre, D. (2017). Can management practices provide greenhouse gas abatement in grain farms in New South Wales, Australia? Crop and Pasture Science, 68(4), 390-400. [More Information]
  • Stockmann, U., Adams, M., Crawford, J., Field, D., Henakaarchchi, N., Jenkins, M., Minasny, B., McBratney, A., De Remy De Courcelles, V., Singh, K., Wheeler, I., et al (2013). The knowns, known unknowns and unknowns of sequestration of soil organic carbon. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 164, 80-99. [More Information]
  • Singh, K., Murphy, B., Marchant, B. (2012). Towards cost-effective estimation of soil carbon stocks at the field scale. Soil Research, 50(8), 672-684. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Singh, K., Minasny, B., McBratney, A. (2014). Unravelling the Research Gaps in Technology Based Soil Inference Systems. 20th World Congress of Soil Sciences, Jeju, Korea: International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS).

Report

  • Stockmann, U., Adams, M., Crawford, J., Field, D., Henakaarchchi, N., Jenkins, M., McBratney, A., De Remy De Courcelles, V., Singh, K., Wheeler, I. (2010). Managing the soil plant system to mitigate atmospheric CO2.

2017

  • Palmer, J., Thorburn, P., Meier, E., Biggs, J., Whelan, B., Singh, K., Eyre, D. (2017). Can management practices provide greenhouse gas abatement in grain farms in New South Wales, Australia? Crop and Pasture Science, 68(4), 390-400. [More Information]

2014

  • Singh, K., Minasny, B., McBratney, A. (2014). Unravelling the Research Gaps in Technology Based Soil Inference Systems. 20th World Congress of Soil Sciences, Jeju, Korea: International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS).

2013

  • Stockmann, U., Adams, M., Crawford, J., Field, D., Henakaarchchi, N., Jenkins, M., Minasny, B., McBratney, A., De Remy De Courcelles, V., Singh, K., Wheeler, I., et al (2013). The knowns, known unknowns and unknowns of sequestration of soil organic carbon. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 164, 80-99. [More Information]

2012

  • Singh, K., Minasny, B., McBratney, A., Short, M., Namazi, F. (2012). Sampling for field measurement of soil carbon using Vis-NIR spectroscopy. In Budiman Minasny, Brendan P. Malone, Alex B. McBratney (Eds.), Digital Soil Assessments and Beyond, (pp. 415-420). Leiden, The Netherlands: CRC Press. [More Information]
  • Singh, K., Murphy, B., Marchant, B. (2012). Towards cost-effective estimation of soil carbon stocks at the field scale. Soil Research, 50(8), 672-684. [More Information]

2010

  • Stockmann, U., Adams, M., Crawford, J., Field, D., Henakaarchchi, N., Jenkins, M., McBratney, A., De Remy De Courcelles, V., Singh, K., Wheeler, I. (2010). Managing the soil plant system to mitigate atmospheric CO2.

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