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Dr Benedikt Fest

Benedikt Fest

Research Coordinator

Ben was appointed as a CeRDI research coordinator in 2021. Ben has over ten years research experience working in the field of ecosystem ecology. Ben holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Science in Ecology. Ben completed a PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2013, investigating the processes controlling soil methane exchange in Australian forest ecosystems. Ben was employed as a post-doctoral research fellow with the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences at the University of Melbourne investigating drivers of spatial variability in soil and ecosystem greenhouse gas exchange processes in forest and agricultural systems across Australia. Ben will apply his research skills and discipline knowledge to conduct research management and associated activities in CeRDI on various projects including Online Farms Trials.

Email: b.fest@federation.edu.au

 

Qualifications
  • 2013: PhD Investigating the processes controlling soil methane exchange in Australian forest ecosystems, University of Melbourne
  • 2008: Master of Science - Ecology, Technical University of Munich (Germany)
  • 2005: Bachelor of Science - Biology, Ruhr University of Bochum (Germany)
  • Journal papers

    Fest, B., Swearer, S., & Arndt, S. (2021). A review of sediment carbon sampling methods in mangroves and their broader impacts on stock estimates for blue carbon ecosystems. Science of The Total Environment, 151618. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.151618

    O’Connor, J.J., Fest, B.J., Sievers, M. Swearer, S.E. (2020). Impacts of land management practices on blue carbon stocks and greenhouse gas fluxes in coastal ecosystems—A meta analysis. Global change biology, 26(3), 1354-1366. onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/gcb.14946

    Morris, R.L., Strain, E.M.A., Konlechner, T.M., Fest, B.J., Kennedy, D.M., Arndt, S.K., Swearer, S.E. (2019). Developing a nature-based coastal defence strategy for Australia. Australian Journal of Civil Engineering, 17(2), 167-176. doi.org/10.1080/14488353.2019.1661062

    Nauer, P.A., Fest, B.J., Visser, L., Arndt, S.K. (2018). On-farm trial on the effectiveness of the nitrification inhibitor DMPP indicates no benefits under commercial Australian farming practices. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 253, 82-89. doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2017.10.022

    Ngo, P.L., Fest, B.J., Arndt, S.F. (2017). THE METHANE UPTAKE CAPACITY OF SOIL GARDEN. Vietnam Journal of Science and Technology, 55 (4C), 122. doi.org/10.15625/2525-2518/55/4C/12140

    Fest, B.J., Hinko-Najera, N., von Fischer, J.C., Livesley, S.J., Arndt, S.K. (2017). Soil methane uptake increases under continuous throughfall reduction in a temperate evergreen, broadleaved eucalypt forest. Ecosystems, 20 (2), 368-379. www.doi.org/10.1007/s10021-016-0030-y

    Fest, B.J., Hinko-Najera, N., Wardlaw, T., Griffith, D.W.T., Livesley, S.J., Arndt, S.K. (2017). Soil methane oxidation in both dry and wet temperate eucalypt forests shows a near-identical relationship with soil air-filled porosity. Biogeosciences. 14(2), 467-479. doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-467-2017

    Hinko-Najera, N., Fest, B.J., Livesley, S.J., Arndt, S.K. (2015). Reduced throughfall decreases autotrophic respiration, but not heterotrophic respiration in a dry temperate broadleaved evergreen forest. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. 200, 66-77. doi.org/10.1016/j.agrformet.2014.09.013

    Fest, B.J., Wardlaw, T., Livesley, S.J., Duff, T.J., Arndt, S.K. (2015). Changes in soil moisture drive soil methane uptake along a fire regeneration chronosequence in a eucalypt forest landscape. Global change biology. 21(11), 4250-4264. doi.org/10.1111/gcb.13003

    Fest, B.J., Livesley, S.J., von Fischer, J.C., Arndt, S.K. (2015). Repeated fuel reduction burns have little long-term impact on soil greenhouse gas exchange in a dry sclerophyll eucalypt forest. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. 201, 17-25. doi.org/10.1016/j.agrformet.2014.11.006

    Beringer, J., Hutley, L.B., Abramson, D., Arndt, S.K., Briggs, P., Bristow, M., Canadell, J.G., Cernusak, L.A., Eamus, D., Edwards, A.C., Evans, B.J., Fest, B., Goergen, K., Grover, S.P., Hacker, J., Haverd, V., Kanniah, K., Livesley, S.J., Lynch, A., Maier, S., Moore, C., Raupach, M., Russell-Smith, J., Scheiter, S., Tapper, N.J., Uotila, P. (2015) Fire in Australian savannas: from leaf to landscape. Global change biology. 21(1), 62-81. onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/gcb.12686

    Fest, B.J., Wardlaw, T., Hinko-Najera, N., Arndt, S.K. (2015). The Relationship Between Soil Air Filled Porosity and Soil Methane Oxidation is Almost Identical in Both Dry and Wet Temperate Eucalypt Forests. AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts. B13D-0653. ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/#abs/2015AGUFM.B13D0653F/abstract

    Fest, B.J., Wardlaw, T., Livesley, S.J., Arndt, S.K. (2014). Planned burning vs. wildfire impact on soil methane flux-implications for forest fire management. EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts, id 4589. ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/#abs/2014EGUGA..16.4589F/abstract

    Jamali, H., Livesley, S.J., Hutley, L.B., Fest, B.J., Arndt, S.K. (2013). The relationships between termite mound CH4/CO2 emissions and internal concentration ratios are species specific. Biogeosciences. 10(4), 2229-2240. doi.org/10.5194/bg-10-2229-2013

    Livesley, S.J., Idczak, D., Fest, B.J. (2013). Differences in carbon density and soil CH4/N2O flux among remnant and agro-ecosystems established since European settlement in the Mornington Peninsula, Australia. Science of the total environment. 465, 17-25. doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2013.06.042

    Fest, B.J., Hinko-Najera, N., Livesley, S.J., Arndt, S.K. (2013). Rainfall Reduction Increases Soil Methane Uptake in Broadleaf Evergreen Eucalypt Forest-a Negative Feedback to Climate Change. AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts. A23D-0274. ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/#abs/2013AGUFM.A23D0274F/abstract

    Grover, S.P.P., Livesley, S.J., Hutley, L.B., Jamali, H., Fest, B.J., Beringer, J., Butterbach-Bahl, K., Arndt, S.K. (2012). Land use change and the impact on greenhouse gas exchange in north Australian savanna soils. Biogeosciences. 9(1), 423-437. doi.org/10.5194/bg-9-423-2012

    Jamali, H., Livesley, S.J., Hutley, L.B., Fest, B.J., Arndt, S.K. (2012). The relationship between termite mound CH4/CO2 emissions and internal concentration ratios are species specific. Biogeosciences Discussions. 9(12). bg.copernicus.org/preprints/9/17313/2012/bgd-9-17313-2012.pdf

    Livesley, S.J., Grover, S., Hutley, L.B., Jamali, H., Butterbach-Bahl, K., Fest, B.J., Beringer, J.,  Arndt, S.K. (2011). Seasonal variation and fire effects on CH4, N2O and CO2 exchange in savanna soils of northern Australia. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. 151(11), 1440-1452. doi.org/10.1016/j.agrformet.2011.02.001

    Hinko-Najera, N., Arndt, S.K., Livesley, S.J., Fest, B.J. (2011). Soil respiration dynamics under reduced rainfall in a eucalypt forest ecosystem in SE-Australia. AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts. B41A-0199. ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/#abs/2011AGUFM.B41A0199H/abstract

    Fest, B.J., Livesley, S.J., Drösler, M., van Gorsel, E., Arndt, S.K. (2009). Soil–atmosphere greenhouse gas exchange in a cool, temperate Eucalyptus delegatensis forest in south-eastern Australia. Agricultural and forest meteorology. 149(3-4), 393-406. doi.org/10.1016/j.agrformet.2008.09.007

    Arndt, S.K., Livesley, S.J., Fest, B.J., Weston, C.J., Butterbach-Bahl, K. (2007). Methane uptake in forest and agro-ecosystems in Australia. AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts. B53A-0931. ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/#abs/2007AGUFM.B53A0931A/abstract

  • Conference papers

    Morris, R.L., Strain, E.M.A., Fest, B.J., Swearer, S.E. (2019). Oysters and mangroves: case studies of living shorelines from the United States and Australia. 2019 CERF Biennial Conference. cerf.confex.com/cerf/2019/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/5692

    Arndt, S.K., Fest, B.J., Hinko-Najera, N., Wardlaw, T., Livesley, S.J. (2014). Climate change and wildfire influence the methane uptake capacity in Australian eucalypt forest soils. EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts, id 4626. ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/#abs/2014EGUGA..16.4626A/abstract

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