Dr Peter Ampt

Lecturer in Natural Resource Management and Extension
Sydney Institute of Agriculture
School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Member of Sydney Institute of Agriculture

C81 - ATP - The Biomedical Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 8627 1033
Fax +61 2 8627 1099

Biographical details

Peter has a PhD from UNSW (environmental policy and management), MScAgr (participatory research methodology) and BScAgr (production horticulture) from The University of Sydney and a Dip Ed from UNE. He has worked as a high school teacher, museum education manager and participatory research consultant before managing the Future of Australia’s Threatened Ecosystems (FATE) Program at UNSW for 5 years. In that position he instigated research and development activities in the commercial use of native species including kangaroos, native woodlands and grasslands.

Peter joined the former Faculty of Agriculture and Environment at the University of Sydney in 2009, where he has been coordinator of the BScAgr degree, 1st Year experience and the Professional Development excursion program, and co-coordinator of Indigenous programs. He has developed and coordinated 3 new units of study: AGEN1001 Shaping our Landscapes; AGEN3008 Indigenous Land and Food Knowledge; and AGEN5001 Agricultural and Environmental Extension. He has been involved in research, development and extension activities in NSW, Cambodia and Africa (Kenya, Ghana and South Africa).

Research interests

Peter is an interdisciplinary researcher who applies participatory, mixed method approaches to improve our understanding of complex adaptive social-ecological systems. He has applied this approach to environmental policy and management for production landscapes, agricultural and environmental extension, conservation through sustainable use and investigation of eco-innovators at the forefront of the transition to agro-ecology. He is also working with Indigenous communities to develop working knowledge that integrates traditional knowledge of land and food with other approaches.

Teaching and supervision

AGEN1001 Shaping our Landscapes (2013-2017): 1st year unit that introduces students to global issues in land, food and environment and the role of landholders in local implementation.

AGEN3008 Indigenous Land and Food Knowledge (from 2016): Field-based intensive unit that explores the issues around Indigenous communities living and working on country. It is designed for senior undergrads, postgrads and staff as a training in cultural competence.

AGEN5001 Agricultural and Environmental Extension (from 2015): Theoretical and practical training for senior undergrads and postgrads in working with stakeholders to shape change towards agro-ecological approaches to food production and landscape management.

AFNR4001 Professional Development (from 2009): Development of professional competence through work placements and excursions.

Current research students

Project title

Student

Evaluation of the role of extension and innovation systems to improve adoption of conservation agriculture in Mexico and Australia

Laura Ruiz Espinosa PhD Primary Supervisor

Evaluation of potential of N2O emissions on vegetables and their factors toward possibility of carbon emissions reduction policies in Vietnam: A case study on vegetables in Ha Noi Peri-urban areas, Vietnam

Hung Nguyen PhD Associate Supervisor

Extension delivery to the pastoral industry: can it facilitate change towards sustainability

James Diack (Hons)

Sustainable intensification and diversification of rice systems in NW Cambodia – Participatory Rural Appraisal

Sarah Condran (Hons)

Comparison of intensive and extensive approaches to free-range egg production in Australia

Rachel Kotow (Hons)

Current research students

Project title Research student
N2O emission and changes of soil carbon from horticultural production systems Hung NGUYEN
Comparison of agricultural innovation systems (AIS) to adopt conservation agriculture in wheat production areas in Mexico and Australia Laura RUIZ ESPINOSA

Current projects

2017 Evaluation of Central Tablelands Local Land Services Indigenous Engagement

2016-21 Sustainable Intensification and Diversification of Rice Systems in NW Cambodia (ACIAR)

2016-18 Landholder Collaboration for Landscape Scale Conservation (NSW Environmental Trust)

Associations

Australasia-Pacific Extension Network – Chair of the Education Training and Accreditation sub-committee

Australian Institute of Ecological Agriculture – member

Stipa Native Grasses Association – member

Australian Rangeland Society - member

Themes

Agronomy, horticulture and precision agriculture; Environment; Wildlife and conservation

Selected grants

2016

  • Increasing landholder collaboration for landscape scale conservation; Ampt P, Metternicht G, Williams S, Baumber A, Cross R, Howling G; Environmental Trust (NSW)/Research Grant.
  • Introduction to cultural competence and reflections on its relevance to animal, plant, environmental, life and natural sciences (Open Learning Environment - Undergraduate); Gongora J, Muscatello G, Mor S, Zaki S, Fawcett (Quain) A, Vost M, Toribio J, White P, Ampt P, Muir M, Quinnell R, Pye M; DVC Education/Small Educational Innovation Grant.

2013

  • Mining West African legacy agricultural research to enhance agricultural productivity; Odeh I, Tan D, Ampt P; Australian Agency for International Development (AUSAID)/Australian Leadership Awards Fellowships.

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.
  • Soil carbon sequestration through landscape function improvement; Ampt P; Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (Federal)/Carbon Farming Futures Action on the Ground.

2010

  • Communities in Landscapes - Working together to integrate conservation and production across Box-Gum Woodlands; Ampt P; Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (Federal)/Caring For Our Country.

Selected publications & creative works

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Book Chapters

  • Ampt, P., Baumber, A. (2012). Applying the principles of conservation through sustainable use to the commercial kangaroo harvest in New South Wales, Australia. In John Merson, Rosie Cooney, Paul Brown (Eds.), Conservation in a Crowded World: Case studies from the Asia-Pacific, (pp. 235-255). Sydney: NewSouth Publishing.
  • Baumber, A., Merson, J., Diesendorf, M., Ampt, P. (2012). Revegetation, bioenergy and sustainable use in the New South Wales central west. In John Merson, Rosie Cooney, Paul Brown (Eds.), Conservation in a Crowded World: Case studies from the Asia-Pacific, (pp. 186-204). Sydney: NewSouth Publishing.
  • Cooney, R., Archer, M., Baumber, A., Ampt, P., Wilson, G., Smits, J., Webb, G. (2011). THINKK again: getting the facts straight on kangaroo harvesting and conservation. In P. Banks, D. Lunney, C. Dickman (Eds.), Science Under Siege. Australia: Royal Zoological Society of NSW.
  • Ampt, P., Baumber, A., Gepp, K. (2009). Adaptive Management of a Sustainable Wildlife Enterprise Trial in Australia's Barrier Ranges. In Catherine Allan, George H. Stankey (Eds.), Adaptive Environmental Management: A Practitioners Guide, (pp. 73-94). london: Springer.

Journals

  • Begum, M., Lees, E., Ampt, P., Mansfield, S. (2017). Development of Australian commercial producers of invertebrate biological control agents from 1971 to 2014. BioControl, 62, 525-533. [More Information]
  • Cross, R., Ampt, P. (2017). Exploring Agroecological Sustainability: Unearthing Innovators and Documenting a Community of Practice in Southeast Australia. Society and Natural Resources, 30(5), 585-600. [More Information]
  • Burdock, R., Ampt, P. (2017). Food Sovereignty: The Case and the Space for Community Led Agricultural Autonomy within the Global Strategic Framework for Food Security and Nutrition. Journal of Agricultural Science, 9(5), 1-18. [More Information]
  • Muita, R., Van Ogtrop, F., Ampt, P., Vervoort, R. (2016). Managing the water cycle in Kenyan small-scale maize farming systems: Part 1. Farmer perceptions of drought and climate variability. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water, 3(1), 105-125. [More Information]
  • Vervoort, R., Muita, R., Ampt, P., Van Ogtrop, F. (2016). Managing the water cycle in Kenyan small-scale maize farming systems: Part 2. Farmers' use of formal and informal climate forecasts. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water, 3, 127-140. [More Information]
  • Ampt, P., Cross, R., Ross, H., Howie, B. (2015). The case for retaining, redefining and reinvigorating extension in agricultural innovation systems. Rural Extension and Innovation Systems Journal, 11(1), 157-164.
  • Merson, J., Attwater, R., Ampt, P., Wildman, H., Chapple, R. (2010). The challenges to urban agriculture in the Sydney basin and lower Blue Mountains region of Australia. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, 8(1-2), 72-85. [More Information]
  • Baumber, A., Cooney, R., Ampt, P., Gepp, K. (2009). Kangaroos in the rangelands: opportunities for landholder collaboration. Rangeland Journal, 31(1), 161-167. [More Information]
  • Cooney, R., Baumber, A., Ampt, P., Wilson, G. (2009). Sharing Skippy: how can landholders be involved in kangaroo production in Australia? Rangeland Journal, 31(3), 283-292. [More Information]
  • Booth, S., Powell, J., Ampt, P., Wildman, H., Aiken, J., Russell, J. (2008). The Penrith Lakes Natural Heritage and Biodiversity Conservation Master Plan: re-instating Cumberland Plain endangered ecological communities. Australasian Plant Conservation, 16(4), 14-15.
  • Ampt, P., Baumber, A. (2006). Building connections between kangaroos, commerce and conservation in the rangelands. Australian Zoologist, 33(3), 398-409.

Conferences

  • Cooney, R., Baumber, A., Ampt, P. (2008). A Co-op for Kangaroos: Involving Landholders in Kangaroo Management. 15th Biennial Australian Rangeland Society Conference ARS 2008, Australia: Australian Rangeland Society.
  • Ampt, P., Tongway, D., Baumber, A., Gepp, K. (2008). Land Managers and Landscape Function Analysis (LFA): Enhancing Adaptive Environmental Management While Monitoring Resource Condition in Western NSW. 15th Biennial Australian Rangeland Society Conference ARS 2008, Australia: Australian Rangeland Society.
  • Ampt, P. (2007). Systematic landscape change through agri-forestry: a collaborative approach. Policy Choices for Salinity Mitigation: Bridging the Disciplinary Divides 2007, Australia: Centre for Applied Economic Research, University of New South Wales.
  • Ampt, P., Baumber, A., Norris, K. (2006). Using Common Property Resource Approaches to Achieve Systematic Landscape Change. 11th Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property IASC 2006, United States: International Association for the Study of the Commons.

Research Reports

  • Ampt, P., Baumber, A. (2010). Building Cooperation and Collaboration in the Kangaroo Industry: Towards a role for landholders, RIRDC Publication No. 10/013, (pp. 1 - 138). Barton, ACT, Australia: Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation.
  • Merson, J., Attwater, R., Booth, S., Mulley, R., Ampt, P., Wildman, H., Nugent, M., Hooper, S., Campbell, M., Chapple, R. (2009). Urban Expansion and Sensitive Environments: Assessing the role of agri-industries as landscape buffers to the neighbouring Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, RIRDC Publication No 09/025, (pp. 1 - 97). Barton, ACT, Australia: Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation.

2017

  • Begum, M., Lees, E., Ampt, P., Mansfield, S. (2017). Development of Australian commercial producers of invertebrate biological control agents from 1971 to 2014. BioControl, 62, 525-533. [More Information]
  • Cross, R., Ampt, P. (2017). Exploring Agroecological Sustainability: Unearthing Innovators and Documenting a Community of Practice in Southeast Australia. Society and Natural Resources, 30(5), 585-600. [More Information]
  • Burdock, R., Ampt, P. (2017). Food Sovereignty: The Case and the Space for Community Led Agricultural Autonomy within the Global Strategic Framework for Food Security and Nutrition. Journal of Agricultural Science, 9(5), 1-18. [More Information]

2016

  • Muita, R., Van Ogtrop, F., Ampt, P., Vervoort, R. (2016). Managing the water cycle in Kenyan small-scale maize farming systems: Part 1. Farmer perceptions of drought and climate variability. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water, 3(1), 105-125. [More Information]
  • Vervoort, R., Muita, R., Ampt, P., Van Ogtrop, F. (2016). Managing the water cycle in Kenyan small-scale maize farming systems: Part 2. Farmers' use of formal and informal climate forecasts. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water, 3, 127-140. [More Information]

2015

  • Ampt, P., Cross, R., Ross, H., Howie, B. (2015). The case for retaining, redefining and reinvigorating extension in agricultural innovation systems. Rural Extension and Innovation Systems Journal, 11(1), 157-164.

2012

  • Ampt, P., Baumber, A. (2012). Applying the principles of conservation through sustainable use to the commercial kangaroo harvest in New South Wales, Australia. In John Merson, Rosie Cooney, Paul Brown (Eds.), Conservation in a Crowded World: Case studies from the Asia-Pacific, (pp. 235-255). Sydney: NewSouth Publishing.
  • Baumber, A., Merson, J., Diesendorf, M., Ampt, P. (2012). Revegetation, bioenergy and sustainable use in the New South Wales central west. In John Merson, Rosie Cooney, Paul Brown (Eds.), Conservation in a Crowded World: Case studies from the Asia-Pacific, (pp. 186-204). Sydney: NewSouth Publishing.

2011

  • Cooney, R., Archer, M., Baumber, A., Ampt, P., Wilson, G., Smits, J., Webb, G. (2011). THINKK again: getting the facts straight on kangaroo harvesting and conservation. In P. Banks, D. Lunney, C. Dickman (Eds.), Science Under Siege. Australia: Royal Zoological Society of NSW.

2010

  • Ampt, P., Baumber, A. (2010). Building Cooperation and Collaboration in the Kangaroo Industry: Towards a role for landholders, RIRDC Publication No. 10/013, (pp. 1 - 138). Barton, ACT, Australia: Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation.
  • Merson, J., Attwater, R., Ampt, P., Wildman, H., Chapple, R. (2010). The challenges to urban agriculture in the Sydney basin and lower Blue Mountains region of Australia. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, 8(1-2), 72-85. [More Information]

2009

  • Ampt, P., Baumber, A., Gepp, K. (2009). Adaptive Management of a Sustainable Wildlife Enterprise Trial in Australia's Barrier Ranges. In Catherine Allan, George H. Stankey (Eds.), Adaptive Environmental Management: A Practitioners Guide, (pp. 73-94). london: Springer.
  • Baumber, A., Cooney, R., Ampt, P., Gepp, K. (2009). Kangaroos in the rangelands: opportunities for landholder collaboration. Rangeland Journal, 31(1), 161-167. [More Information]
  • Cooney, R., Baumber, A., Ampt, P., Wilson, G. (2009). Sharing Skippy: how can landholders be involved in kangaroo production in Australia? Rangeland Journal, 31(3), 283-292. [More Information]
  • Merson, J., Attwater, R., Booth, S., Mulley, R., Ampt, P., Wildman, H., Nugent, M., Hooper, S., Campbell, M., Chapple, R. (2009). Urban Expansion and Sensitive Environments: Assessing the role of agri-industries as landscape buffers to the neighbouring Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, RIRDC Publication No 09/025, (pp. 1 - 97). Barton, ACT, Australia: Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation.

2008

  • Cooney, R., Baumber, A., Ampt, P. (2008). A Co-op for Kangaroos: Involving Landholders in Kangaroo Management. 15th Biennial Australian Rangeland Society Conference ARS 2008, Australia: Australian Rangeland Society.
  • Ampt, P., Tongway, D., Baumber, A., Gepp, K. (2008). Land Managers and Landscape Function Analysis (LFA): Enhancing Adaptive Environmental Management While Monitoring Resource Condition in Western NSW. 15th Biennial Australian Rangeland Society Conference ARS 2008, Australia: Australian Rangeland Society.
  • Booth, S., Powell, J., Ampt, P., Wildman, H., Aiken, J., Russell, J. (2008). The Penrith Lakes Natural Heritage and Biodiversity Conservation Master Plan: re-instating Cumberland Plain endangered ecological communities. Australasian Plant Conservation, 16(4), 14-15.

2007

  • Ampt, P. (2007). Systematic landscape change through agri-forestry: a collaborative approach. Policy Choices for Salinity Mitigation: Bridging the Disciplinary Divides 2007, Australia: Centre for Applied Economic Research, University of New South Wales.

2006

  • Ampt, P., Baumber, A. (2006). Building connections between kangaroos, commerce and conservation in the rangelands. Australian Zoologist, 33(3), 398-409.
  • Ampt, P., Baumber, A., Norris, K. (2006). Using Common Property Resource Approaches to Achieve Systematic Landscape Change. 11th Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property IASC 2006, United States: International Association for the Study of the Commons.

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