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Nathan Robinson

Nathan Robinson

Senior Research Fellow

Call: 03 5327 8436
Email: n.robinson@federation.edu.au

Professional experience

  • Senior Research Fellow, Soil Science - Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation, Federation University Australia, Mt Helen (2017 - current)
  • Soil Research Scientist - Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources, Bendigo. 
    Project management; Digital Soil Mapping (DSM); data analytics, soil analytical techniques (spectroscopy, geophysics), spatial analysis. (2010 - 2017)
  • Land Resource Analyst - Department of Primary Industries.
    Project management and facilitation; development of soil-landform maps specifying land capability utilizing remotely sensed technologies, geographic information systems, digital elevation models and integrating fieldwork and soil data interpretation. (1999 - 2010)
  • Contract Agronomist - Ag Advantage Soil moisture collection, interpretation and plant sample collection.(1997 - 1998)
  • Field Assistant - Alliance Gold Company.
    Regional soil surveyor, drilling rig assistant. (1997)

Professional qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy - Federation University Australia. Thesis: Assessing productive soil-landscapes in Victoria using Digital Soil Mapping (2011 - 2016)
  • Masters in Agribusiness (postponed) - University of Melbourne (2007 - 2010)
  • Diploma in Frontline Management - University of Melbourne (2006)
  • Certificate IV in Business Management - Bendigo Regional Institute of Tafe (2003 - 2004)
  • Graduate Diploma of GIS and remote sensing - Charles Sturt University (2002 - 2003)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons) - University of Ballarat (1998 -1999)
    Thesis: Soils of the Bulart Land Management Group, Eastern Dundas Tablelands, Western Victoria    
  • Bachelor of Applied Science - University of Ballarat (1994 - 1997)

Awards

  • Department of Natural Resources & Environment - Innovation Award (2000, 2002)
  • Department of Primary Industries - Leadership Award (2003)
  • Department of Primary Industries - Partnerships and Linkages Award (2005)
  • Department of Primary Industries - Best 1st Journal Paper (2010)
  • Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources - Winner [Research Paper] (2016)
  • Soil Science Australia - CG Stephens Medal - Best PhD thesis in soil science (2017)

Leadership

  • Leadership and innovation awards (DNRE, DPI).
  • Chair - NCST Advisory Group on Digital Soil Assessment (2010 - 2012).
  • Project manager – Understanding Soils and Farming Systems project (DEPI - $5.5M over 5 years).
  • Manager - Linwood Grange Enterprises (family partnership - livestock and grain production systems).

Professional affiliations

  • Soil Science Australia (since 2003)
  • Royal Society of Victoria (since 2018)

Professional associations

  • NCST Advisory Group on Digital Soil Assessment (since 2010)
  • Mallee Catchment Management Authority
    • Land Technical Advisory Committee (2010 - 2016)
    • Sustainable Agriculture Committee (2017)
  • Geomorphology Reference Group of Victoria (2003 - 2017)
  • Journal papers

    Robinson, N., Norng, S., Kitching M., Rab, A., Fisher P. to be submitted. Proximal sensing tools to measure soil moisture retention properties: a case study in north-western Victoria. TBD.

    Benke, K., Robinson, N. to be submitted. Uncertainty in model predictions for soil organic carbon: an example using legacy data. TBD

    Robinson, N., Dahlhaus, P., Wong, M., MacLeod, A., Jones, D., Nicholson, C. submitted. Testing the public-private soil data sharing model for soil management outcomes. Soil Use & Management.

    Crawford, D.M., Chia, K., Norng, S., Kitching, M., Robinson, N.J. submitted. Accounting for measurement errors when harmonising incongruent soil data – a case study. Soil Research.

    Benke, K., Norng, S., Peterson, T., Benke, K.E., Robinson, N. 2018. Error propagation and the transfer of uncertainty in predictive models: a review. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment. doi.org/10.1007/s00477-018-1555-8.

    Robinson, N.J., Rees, D.B., Norng, S., Benke, K.K., Davey, M. 2018. Assessment of error sources in measurements of field pH: effect of operator experience, time-of-day and test kit differences. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, 49(3), 269-285. doi.org/10.1080/00103624.2017.1395442

    Benke, K., Robinson, N. 2017. Quantification of uncertainty in mathematical models: relationship between field pH and laboratory measurements. Applied and Environmental Soil Science.

    Robinson, N.J., Benke, K.K., Norng, S., Crawford, D.M. 2017. Improving information content in soil pH maps: a case study in south-western Victoria. European Journal of Soil Science.

    Robinson, N.J., Kitching, M. 2016. The 3D distribution of phyllosilicate clay minerals in western Victoria. Geoderma 284:152-177. DOI: 10.1016/j.geoderma.2016.07.006.

    Robinson, N.J., Dahlhaus, P.G., MacEwan, R.J., Alexander, J.K. 2016. Soil data for biophysical models in Victoria, Australia: Current needs and future challenges. Geoderma Regional. DOI: 10.1016/j.geodrs.2016.03.004.

    Robinson, N.J., Benke, K.K., Norng, S. 2015. Identification and interpretation of sources of uncertainty in soils change in a global systems-based modelling process. Soil Research 53(6):596-604. DOI: 10.1071/SR14239.

    Marchant, B.P., Crawford, D.M., Robinson, N.J. 2015. What can legacy datasets tell us about soil quality trends? Soil acidity in Victoria. IOP Conference Series Earth and Environmental Science 25(1):012015. DOI: 10.1088/1755-1315/25/1/012015.

    Schefe, C.R., Barlow, K.M., Robinson, N.J., Crawford, D.M., McLaren, T.I., Smernik, R.J., Croatto, G., Walsh, R.D., Kitching, M. 2015. 100 Years of superphosphate addition to pasture in an acid soil—current nutrient status and future management. Soil Research 53(6) 662-676. http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/SR14241.

    Rab, M.A., Chandra, S., Fisher, P.D., Robinson, N.J., Kitching, M., Aumann, C.D., Imhof, M.P. 2011. Modelling and prediction of soil water contents at field capacity and permanent wilting point of dryland cropping soils. Soil Research 49(5):389-407. DOI: 10.1071/SR10160.

    MacEwan, R., Reynard, K., Robinson, N., Imhof, M., Morse-McNabb, E., McAllister, A. 2010. Land use change: understanding and managing soil dynamics. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria 122(2) 29 – 42.

    Robinson, N.J., Rampant, P.C., Callinan, A.P.L., Rab, M.A., Fisher, P.D. 2009. Advances in precision agriculture in SE Australia, Part II: Spatio-temporal prediction of crop yield using terrain derivatives and proximally sensed data. Crop & Pasture Science 60:859-869. http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/CP08348

    Rab, M.A., Fisher, P.D., Armstrong, R., Abuzar, M., Robinson, N.J., Chandra, S. 2009. Advances in precision agriculture in south-eastern Australia. IV. Spatial variability in plant-available water capacity of soil and its relationship with yield in site-specific management zones. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research. Crop & Pasture Science 60, 885-900. http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/CP08350

  • Book chapters

    Robinson, N.J., Benke, K.K., Hopley, J., MacEwan, R.J., Clark, R., Rees, D.B., Kitching, M., Imhof, M.P., Bardos, D. 2014. Multi-source data integration and identification of uncertainties affecting production of a digital soil map. In: Arrouays, D. et al. (Eds.), GlobalSoilMap, Basis of the global spatial soil information system. CRC Press, The Netherlands.

    MacEwan, R.J., Robinson, N.J., Imhof, M.P., Rees, D.B., Hopley, J., Crawford, D.M. 2014. Reflections on GlobalSoilMap.net, DSM and the legacy of soil survey information in Victoria, Australia- the pedology matters. In: Arrouays, D. et al. (Eds.), GlobalSoilMap, Basis of the global spatial soil information system. CRC Press, The Netherlands.

    Hopley, J., Rees, D.B., MacEwan, R.J., Clark, R., Benke, K.K., Imhof, M.P., Robinson, N.J., Bardos, D. 2014. A digital soil map of Victoria – VicDSMv1. In: Arrouays, D. et al. (Eds.), GlobalSoilMap, Basis of the global spatial soil information system. CRC Press, The Netherlands.

    Robinson, N.J., Kitching, M., Rab, M.A., Fisher, P.D. 2012. Prediction of field capacity and permanent wilting point using rapid soil sensing approaches. In: Minasny, B., Malone, B., McBratney, A., (Eds.), Digital Soil Assessments and Beyond. CRC Press, The Netherlands.

    Marchant, B.P., Crawford, D.M., Robinson, N.J. 2012. Spatial and temporal prediction of soil properties from legacy data. In: Minasny, B., Malone, B., McBratney, A., (Eds.), Digital Soil Assessments and Beyond. CRC Press, The Netherlands.

    Gray, J., Bishop, T.F.A., Smith, P., Robinson, N.J., Brough, D. 2012. A pragmatic quantitative model for soil organic carbon distribution in eastern Australia. In: Minasny, B., Malone, B., McBratney, A., (Eds.), Digital Soil Assessments and Beyond. CRC Press, The Netherlands.

    Feuerherdt, C., Robinson, N., Williams, S. 2007. Storage, maintenance and extraction of digital soil data. In: P., Lagacherie, A., McBratney, M., Voltz., (Eds.), Digital Soil Mapping: An Introductory Perspective. Elsevier, United Kingdom.

  • Reports

    MacEwan, R., Crawford, D., Hopley, J., Robinson, N., Rees, D., Hunter, D. 2014. Understanding Soil and Farming Systems. Synthesis Report – how well has this project met its objectives? Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Epsom.

    Robinson, N. 2014. Case studies - validation and evaluation of Victorian Digital Soil Map in two Victorian landscapes. Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Epsom.

    Robinson, N., Hopley, J., MacEwan, R., Clark, R., Rees, D. 2013. Digital Soil Map Victoria v1.0. Department of Primary Industries, Bendigo.

    MacEwan, R., Benke, K., Robinson, N. 2013. Review – modelling uncertainty in digital soil mapping. Department of Primary Industries, Parkville.

    Morse-McNabb, E., Perry, E., Sheffield, K., MacEwan, R., Robinson, N. 2012. Historic Land cover – Data and Methods. Technical Report. Department of Primary Industries, Epsom.

    Kitching, M., Robinson, N. 2011. Mid-Infrared Spectroscopy for soil analysis: Progress and Recommendations. Department of Primary Industries, Werribee.

    Rab, A., Robinson, N., Rees, D. 2010. Evaluation of VSIS data for prediction of soil hydraulic properties. Department of Primary Industries, Tatura.

    Robinson, N. 2010. Measuring impacts of farming systems on soil health: DSE Project Report 2008-9. Department of Primary Industries, Epsom.

    Robinson, N., Thomas, M., Hopley, J., Kidd, D., Owen, G., Schoknecht, N., Searle, R., Hall, J. 2010. Recommendations for the Advancement of Digital Soil Assessment in Australia. Australian Collaborative Land Evaluation Program.
    Robinson, N., MacEwan, R., Crawford, D., Rees, D., Rab, A., Imhof, M. 2010. Capturing soil landscape parameters to underpin regional biophysical modelling. Future Farming Systems Research, Department of Primary Industries, Bendigo.

    Robinson, N., Sheffield, K., Rees, D., MacEwan, R. 2008. An evaluation of the Victorian Geomorphology Framework. Department of Primary Industries.

    Reynard, K., Hekmeijer, P., Boyle, G., Robinson, N. 2008. Achieving Sustainable Irrigation Development for Groundwater in the Mid Loddon, Phase B. Department of Primary Industries, Bendigo.

    Sposito, V., MacEwan, R., Robinson, N., Imhof, M., Rees, D., Esley, M. 2008. Primary Production Landscapes of Victoria – an agro-ecological approach for planning sustainable agricultural development in ‘new climatic conditions. Department of Primary Industries.

    Clark, R., Abuzar, M., Robinson, N. 2008. Mapping soil salinity in south-west Victoria, Australia using hyperspectral imagery.

    Robinson, N. 2008. Victorian Soil Information System Evaluation Report. Department of Primary Industries, Bendigo.

    Robinson, N. 2008. A terrain analysis assessment of waterlogging susceptibility for the Corangamite CMA region. Department of Primary Industries, Bendigo.

    Boyle, G., Robinson, N. 2008. Winlaton Soil Scoping. Department of Primary Industries.

    Robinson, N., Reynard, K., Rees, D., Imhof, M., Boyle, G., Smith, C., Martin, J., Rowan, J., Joyce, B. 2006. A land resource assessment of the Wimmera region. PIRVic, Department of Primary Industries, Bendigo.

    Robinson, N., Reynard, K., Rees, D., Sheffield, K. Youman, K. 2004. Ararat Rural City land capability pilot project, volume 3: Soil profile descriptions. PIRVic, Department of Primary Industries, Bendigo.

    Robinson, N., Reynard, K., Sheffield, K., Bluml, M. 2004. Ararat Rural City land capability pilot project, volume 1: Soil-landform units, land capability analyses and land hazards. PIRVic, Department of Primary Industries, Bendigo.

    Youman, K., Robinson, N., Rees, D., Sheffield, K., Boyle, G., Reynard, K. 2004. Subsoils – how are they affecting your production? PIRVic, Department of Primary Industries, Bendigo.

    Robinson, N., Rees, D. 2004. A land resource assessment for the Wimmera region (interim report). PIRVic, Department of Primary Industries, Bendigo.

    Robinson, N., Rees, D., Reynard, K., Youman, K. 2004. Soils and landscapes of the Warracknabeal-Donald area, Southern Mallee or Northern Wimmera? PIRVic, Department of Primary Industries, Bendigo.

    Robinson, N., Rees, D., MacEwan, R., Baxter, N., Reynard, K., Boyle, G., Dahlhaus, P., Imhof, M. 2003. A land resource assessment for the Corangamite region. Research Report 19. Centre for Land Protection Research, Department of Primary Industries, Bendigo.

    Robinson, N., Rees, D., Reynard, K. 2003. Soil pit notes of the Heytesbury region. PIRVic, Department of Primary Industries, Bendigo.

    Robinson, N., Rees, D. 2003. Soil pit notes of the Bellarine Peninsula. PIRVic, Department of Primary Industries, Bendigo.

    Robinson, N., Byrt, C., Baxter, N., Hocking, M. 2003. Land and soil survey in the Wimmera region: Data inventory and evaluation of methodologies for soil mapping; Part 1: A review of methods for surveying soils at different map scales. Research Report 29. Centre for Land Protection Research, Department of Primary Industries, Bendigo.

    Robinson, N., Byrt, C., Baxter, N., Hocking, M. 2003. Land and soil survey in the Wimmera region: Data inventory and evaluation of methodologies for soil mapping; Part 2: Evaluating a methodology for strategic soil-landform mapping in the Wimmera.  Research Report 30. Centre for Land Protection Research, Department of Primary Industries, Bendigo.

    Robinson, N., Byrt, C., Baxter, N., Hocking, M. 2003. Land and soil survey in the Wimmera region: Data inventory and evaluation of methodologies for soil mapping; Part 3: Data inventory.  Research Report 31. Centre for Land Protection Research, Department of Primary Industries, Bendigo.

    Robinson, N., MacDonald, R., Smith, C., Hocking, M. 2003. Utilisation potential of woody plant species indigenous to North Central Victoria. Research Report 18. Centre for Land Protection Research, Department of Natural Resources & Environment, Bendigo.

    Robinson, N., Hocking, M. 2002. Sea Lake Landcare Group – NHT Salinity Mapping. Centre for Land Protection Research, Department of Natural Resources & Environment, Bendigo.

    Robinson, N., Byrt, C., Baxter, N., Hocking, M. 2002. Broombush for better land management – land capability analysis. Research Report 5. Centre for Land Protection Research, Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Bendigo.

    Bluml, M., Robinson, N., Rees, D., Pillai, M., Heckmeijer, P., Savage, G., Platt, M. 2002. Identification and preliminary risk assessment of prime development zones in the greater Melbourne area for recycled water use. Centre for Land Protection Research, Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Bendigo.

    Robinson, N., Rees, D. 2001. Goulburn Broken Dryland Regional Development Project. Technical Report 82/CD-ROM. Centre for Land Protection Research, Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Bendigo.

    Baxter, N., Robinson, N. 2001. A Land Resource Assessment of the Glenelg Hopkins region. Technical Report 81/CD-ROM. Centre for Land Protection Research, Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Bendigo.

    Robinson, N., Reynard, K. 2001. The use of GIS modelling for the definition of drainage lines requiring filter strip protection in Central Victorian forests. Technical Report 80. Centre for Land Protection Research, Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Bendigo.

    Williamson, J., Rampant, P., McNeill, J., Robinson, N., Bluml, M. 2000. Lake Eppalock Catchment Land Capability Assessment and Planning Project (Volume 2 Water Quality Risks & Land Unit Descriptions Report).  Centre for Land Protection Research, Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Bendigo.

  • Conference papers

    Benke, K.K., Robinson, N.J. 2014. Detection and measurement of change: sources of error and spatial uncertainty. Soil Change Matters, 24—27 March, Bendigo, Australia.

    Schefe, C.R., Barlow, K.M., Robinson, N.J., Crawford, D.M., McLaren, T.I., Smernik, R.J., Croatto, G., Walsh, R.D., Kitching, M. 2014. 100 Years of superphosphate addition to pasture – Where did it go? Soil Change Matters, 24—27 March, Bendigo, Australia.

    Crawford, D., Robinson, N. 2014. A pilot survey of change in soil pH using legacy sites. Soil Change Matters, 24—27 March, Bendigo, Australia.

    Crawford, D., Robinson, N. 2014. Using legacy sites to assess changes in soil organic carbon. Soil Change Matters, 24—27 March, Bendigo, Australia.

    Robinson, N., Lilly, A., Karssies, L. 2014. Are soil archives the critical link to understanding changes in soil? Soil Change Matters, 24—27 March, Bendigo, Australia.

    Imhof, M.P., Cox, M.T., Sargeant, I.J., MacEwan, R.J., Rees, D.B., Crawford, D.M., Heemskerk, G.E., Robinson, N.J., Hopley, J. 2012. Capturing and communicating soil and landscape knowledge. Soil solutions for diverse landscapes. Soil Science Australia & New Zealand Soil Science Society, 2—7 December 2012, Hobart, Tasmania.

    Marchant, B., Crawford, D., Robinson, N., MacEwan, R. 2012. Legacy information for broad-scale soil monitoring. Eurosoil 2012, 2—6 July, Bari, Italy.

    Marchant, B., Crawford, D., Robinson, N. 2012. Spatial and temporal prediction of soil properties from legacy data. Digital Soil Mapping 2012, 10—13 April, Sydney, Australia.

    Robinson, N., Rab, A., Kitching, M. 2012. Prediction of field capacity and permanent wilting point using rapid soil sensing approaches. Digital Soil Mapping 2012, 10—13 April, Sydney, Australia.

    Robinson, N., MacEwan, R. 2011. Soil information for agricultural landscapes. The CCRSPI Conference, 15—17 February, Melbourne, Victoria.

    Robinson, N.J., Callinan, L., Rab, M.A., Kitching, M., Fisher, P.D. 2010. Prediction of soil moisture retention properties using proximal sensor tools. 19th World Congress of Soil Science, Soil Solutions for a Changing World, Brisbane, Australia.

    Rab, M.A., Fisher, P.D., Robinson, N.J., Kitching, M., Aumann, C.D., Imhof, M.P., Chandra, S. 2010. Plant available water capacity of dryland cropping soils in the south-eastern Australia. 19th World Congress of Soil Science, Soil Solutions for a Changing World, Brisbane, Australia.

    Johnstone, P., Robinson, N.J., Imhof, M., Rees, D., Hunter, D., Crawford, D., Wells, S., Walsh, R., Faderson, A., Williams, S., Kitching, M. 2010. Systems integration: enhancing soil information delivery to Victoria. 19th World Congress of Soil Science, Soil Solutions for a Changing World, Brisbane, Australia.

    Fisher, P.D., Aumann, C.D., Vrugt, J., Hopmans, J.W., Rab, M.A., Kitching, M., Robinson, N.J. 2010. Rapid estimation of soil water retention functions. 19th World Congress of Soil Science, Soil Solutions for a Changing World, Brisbane, Australia.

    Hopley, J., Robinson, N. 2010. Disaggregation of landform components within land systems of the Victorian Mallee using a Digital Elevation Model. 19th World Congress of Soil Science, Soil Solutions for a Changing World, Brisbane, Australia.

    Rees, D., Boucher, S., Imhof, M., Holland, J., Robinson, N. 2010. Classifying sodic soils:  a comparison of the World Reference Base for Soil Resources and Australian Soil Classification systems. 19th World Congress of Soil Science, Soil Solutions for a Changing World, Brisbane, Australia.

    Rees, D., Robinson, N., Imhof, M., Joyce, B., MacEwan, R. 2010. Spatial frameworks to support digital soil mapping in Victoria. 19th World Congress of Soil Science, Soil Solutions for a Changing World, Brisbane, Australia.

    Robinson, N.J., Williams, S., MacEwan, R.J. 2010 A conceptual framework for a Victorian soil-landscape inference system. 19th World Congress of Soil Science, Soil Solutions for a Changing World, Brisbane, Australia.

    Clark, R., MacEwan, R., Robinson, N., Hopley, J. 2010. Remote sensing of land cover and land management practices affecting wind erosion risk in NW Victoria, Australia. 19th World Congress of Soil Science, Soil Solutions for a Changing World, Brisbane, Australia.

    Hunter, D., Williams, S., Robinson, N.J. 2010. VSIS – a new system for Victorian soil data. 19th World Congress of Soil Science, Soil Solutions for a Changing World, Brisbane, Australia.

    Williams, S., Hunter, D., Robinson, N. 2009. Victorian Soil Information System. Place and Purpose Conference, Adelaide.

    MacEwan, R., Robinson, N., Imhof, M., Rees, D., Sposito, V., Elsley, M. 2008. Primary production landscapes of Victoria. In ‘Global issues: paddock action. Proceedings 14th Agronomy Conference 2008’. 21—25 September 2008, Adelaide, Australia.

    Robinson, N., Rees, D., Standish, A., Smith, A., Summerell, G. 2008. Terrain modelling and soil assessment of waterlogging susceptibility in the Heytesbury. Soils 2008 - The Living Skin of Planet Earth. Palmerston North, New Zealand.

    MacEwan, R., Clark, R., Robinson, N., McNeill, J. 2008. Wind erosion monitoring using ground survey, remote sensing and a land use impact model. Soils 2008 - The Living Skin of Planet Earth. Palmerston North, New Zealand.

    Robinson, N., Martin, J., Imhof, M., Boyle, G., Kitching, M., McIntyre, J., Armstrong, R. 2006. Revisiting wheat-producing soils of the Wimmera 30 years on. Soil Science Solving Problems – National Soils Conference, 3—7 December, University of Adelaide, South Australia.

    Robinson, N., Baxter, N., Hocking, M., Byrt, C. 2004. Evaluating a methodology for strategic soil-landform mapping in the Wimmera, Victoria Australia. DSM Workshop, Montpellier, France.

    Feuerherdt, C., Robinson, N. 2004. Deriving soils using 3D visualization. DSM Workshop, Montpellier, France.

    Robinson, N., Rees, D., MacEwan, R., Imhof, M., Feuerherdt, C., Reynard, K., Boyle, G., Baxter, N. 2004. Corangamite Land Resource Assessment project – providing consistent land resource information across south-west Victoria. "Supersoil". Proceedings of the International Soil Science Conference 2004, University of Sydney, Australia.

    Rees, D., Robinson, N., Reynard, K. 2004. Soil spatial variation: Helping to facilitate land management – an example from Western Victoria. "Supersoil". Proceedings of the International Soil Science Conference 2004, University of Sydney, Australia.

    Robinson, N., Rees, D. 2003 Mapping soil-landforms of the Bellarine Peninsula. Soil Surveying in Agriculture: Current Practices and Future Directions, Tatura, Australia.

    Robinson, N. 2002. Making inroads on defining farm-scale soils. NRE North West News & Views.

 

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