School of Science, Engineering and Information Technology
Peter commenced his PhD at CeRDI in February 2020. The aim of his research is to establish a relationship to translate relative Plant Available Water (PAW) to absolute PAW for different soil types, then interpolate the PAW across the landscape at a paddock-scale resolution. The aim is to develop credible maps, preferably generated on-the-fly and displayed online, that represent the PAW for a given time period, such as a week, or perhaps a day. Assuming a credible and robust fine-scale PAW model can be achieved, the variation in annual yields against the variations in seasonal PAW (during those years) could be correlated, to elicit information about the paddocks and soils that can feed into predictive models.
After many years in irrigated horticulture in the Riverland, South Australia, both as a farmer and a software developer, Peter returned to fulltime study in 2008 at the University of South Australia, Adelaide. Peter obtained an Information Technology degree from the University of South Australia with Honours (2012). His Honours thesis was titled "Evaluation of Psychophysical Effects in High Quality Augmented Reality Environments". At that time, his research interest was the objective measurement of the perceptual experiences of individuals using Augmented Reality systems, studying how our brains process multimodal sensory stimulation as we experience the world around us.
Peter moved to Ballarat in 2016 and has now commenced PhD studies at CeRDI. His previous interests in soils and soil moisture management and as a co-inventor/developer of the EnviroScan soil moisture monitoring systems, provide a strong background for the research work he will be undertaking.
Peter is enrolled with the School of Science Engineering and Information Technology with Associate Professor Peter Dahlhaus in the role of principal supervisor, and Dr Nathan Robinson and Associate Professor Peter Vamplew as associate supervisors.
Peter’s research is supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Fee-Offset Scholarship through Federation University Australia.