Professor Raphael Viscarra Rossel

Curtin University

Professor Raphael Viscarra Rossel

Curtin University

Biography

Professor Raphael Viscarra Rossel

Prof. Viscarra Rossel’s research helps to gain new knowledge and a better understanding of the effects of environmental and anthropogenic change on soil functions. He’s particularly interested in carbon sequestration, the preservation of biodiversity, nutrient cycling and food production. He develops new methods for measuring, mapping and monitoring soil, and uses models (statistical, machine learnin, mechanistic) for prediction at relevant spatial and temporal scales.  He is a Clarivate Analytics highly-cited researcher, has received numerous awards and has supervised and co-supervised many undergraduate and postgraduate students. Prof. Viscarra Rossel serves as associate editor of the European Journal of Soil Science and in the Editorial Advisory Board of Global Change Biology.

After 11 years at CSIRO, Prof. Viscarra Rossel moved to Curtin in 2019 to create the Soil and Landscape Research group. He was a Senior Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO Land and Water in Canberra where he led the development of:

Prof. Viscarra Rossel was an active member of the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy technical working group on soil organic carbon measurement and contributed to the development of the Emission Reduction Fund methodologies for soil organic carbon monitoring: ‘Measurement of soil carbon sequestration in agricultural systems’.

He has held research positions at the CSIRO, the University of Sydney and a postdoctoral position at the Institut National de la recherche agronomique (INRA), Rennes. He completed his PhD in Soil Science and Precision Agriculture at the University of Sydney in 2001.