Dr Vanessa Pino Villavicencio

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Soil Spatial Ecology
School of Life and Environmental Sciences

C81 - ATP - The Biomedical Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61286271145

Biographical details

Vanessa has held a Postdoctoral position as Research Associate in Soil Spatial Ecology at The University of Sydney since 2017. From her position, she is responsible for helping faculty and students to improve the understanding of soil ecosystems towards a sustainable use by emphasising the important role of soil biodiversity. She received a B.S. in Agricultural Sciences at The University of Chile in 2007 and was appointed as a CONICYT Bicentennial Becas-Chile Scholarship fellow in 2009.

Research interests

Her research explores the closest interactions between microbial life and soil physicochemical attributes on which an outstanding finding has been to verify the co-spatial association that exists between soil biodiversity and pedodiversity besides other environmental variables. A better insight into this biodiversity-pedodiversity relationship will provide new knowledge and impact our society since there are still endless improvements to make on human activities to secure soils around the world – our primary source for world's food production and C storage still largely unknown.

Vanessa's research on soil microbial biogeography has a pedological perspective and extends from Australian agroecosystems to global scales. She has carried out extensive sampling campaign interacting with farmers all across New South Wales with a particular track along the Wheatbelt Region. Vanessa has witnessed and contributed to turning into a new era the study of the soil bio-physicochemical components by pioneering a combination of both pedometrics approaches (used for digital soil global mapping) and soil biomolecular information from high-throughput sequencing technology. In both areas, she has been involved with worldwide experts emerging global scientific efforts in the recognition of soil biodiversity as a critical component for soil ecosystems services.

Other interests include:

  • Soil microbiomes related to earth processes and soil diversity
  • Soil biogeographical patterns and modelling
  • Strategies for soil biological management and pedodiversity conservation
  • Soil-Water-Plant microbiomes interactions
  • Soil organic matter and nutrients cycling

Themes

Environment; Microbiology; Ecology and Evolution

International links

Colombia

(Universidad de la Amazonia) Understanding soil microbial diversity and distribution under different natural forest and agroforestry ecosystems including combined cropping management of sugarcane, rubber and cocoa.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Xue, P., Carrillo, Y., Pino, V., Minasny, B., McBratney, A. (2018). Soil Properties Drive Microbial Community Structure in a Large Scale Transect in South Eastern Australia. Scientific Reports, 8, 1-11. [More Information]
  • Pino, V. (2016). Soil Microbial Diversity Across Different Agroecological Zones in New South Wales. Sydney Digital Theses, 2016, 1-324.
  • Martinez, E., Fuentes, J., Pino, V., Silva, P., Acevedo, E. (2013). Chemical and biological properties as affected by no-tillage and conventional tillage systems in an irrigated Haploxeroll of Central Chile. Soil and Tillage Research, 126, 238-245. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Pino, V. (2018). ADN del suelo revela como el tipo de suelo controla la distribucion espacial de la diversidad microbiana. Seminario Internacional en medio ambiente, biodiversidad y desarrollo: VI SIMABID, Colombia: Universidad de la Amazonia.
  • Pino, V., McBratney, A., Minasny, B., Fajardo Pedraza, M. (2018). Exploring co-spatial patterns between soil biodiversity and pedodiversity across New South Wales. 21st World Congress of Soil Science RIO18, Brazil: Sociedade Brasileira de Ciencia do Solo.
  • Pino, V., Fajardo Pedraza, M., McBratney, A. (2018). USYD on digital soil assessment via soil spatial ecology: Global assessment on soil biodiversity and soil organic matter. Soil Science Symposium Chile - Australia 2018, Chile: Soil Science Australia.
  • Pino, V. (2017). Soil microbial diversity across different agro-ecological zones in New South Wales (NSW). 2nd Global Soil Biodiversity Conference, China: Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative.
  • Pino, V., McBratney, A., Wilson, N., Fajardo Pedraza, M. (2017). Soil Microbial Diversity Across Different Agroecological Zones in New South Wales (NSW). Pedometrics 2017, Netherlands: Pedometrics Commission.

2018

  • Pino, V. (2018). ADN del suelo revela como el tipo de suelo controla la distribucion espacial de la diversidad microbiana. Seminario Internacional en medio ambiente, biodiversidad y desarrollo: VI SIMABID, Colombia: Universidad de la Amazonia.
  • Pino, V., McBratney, A., Minasny, B., Fajardo Pedraza, M. (2018). Exploring co-spatial patterns between soil biodiversity and pedodiversity across New South Wales. 21st World Congress of Soil Science RIO18, Brazil: Sociedade Brasileira de Ciencia do Solo.
  • Xue, P., Carrillo, Y., Pino, V., Minasny, B., McBratney, A. (2018). Soil Properties Drive Microbial Community Structure in a Large Scale Transect in South Eastern Australia. Scientific Reports, 8, 1-11. [More Information]
  • Pino, V., Fajardo Pedraza, M., McBratney, A. (2018). USYD on digital soil assessment via soil spatial ecology: Global assessment on soil biodiversity and soil organic matter. Soil Science Symposium Chile - Australia 2018, Chile: Soil Science Australia.

2017

  • Pino, V. (2017). Soil microbial diversity across different agro-ecological zones in New South Wales (NSW). 2nd Global Soil Biodiversity Conference, China: Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative.
  • Pino, V., McBratney, A., Wilson, N., Fajardo Pedraza, M. (2017). Soil Microbial Diversity Across Different Agroecological Zones in New South Wales (NSW). Pedometrics 2017, Netherlands: Pedometrics Commission.

2016

  • Pino, V. (2016). Soil Microbial Diversity Across Different Agroecological Zones in New South Wales. Sydney Digital Theses, 2016, 1-324.

2013

  • Martinez, E., Fuentes, J., Pino, V., Silva, P., Acevedo, E. (2013). Chemical and biological properties as affected by no-tillage and conventional tillage systems in an irrigated Haploxeroll of Central Chile. Soil and Tillage Research, 126, 238-245. [More Information]

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