Assoc.Prof. Vanessa Wong - Honours Projects

Assessing the effects of sustainable vineyard management practices on soil properties

Supervisor: Vanessa Wong
Field of Study: Soils and land management
Support Offered: Project funds
Preferred Program: Geographical Science, Environmental Science or Earth Science with preference for students who have completed EAE3321.

Conventional vineyard management practices largely focus on improving fruit and wine quality, with vegetation removed from the ground surface under vines, leaving the soil bare. Management practices are now shifting to include cover crops under vines to improve soil biological processes and soil moisture retention. This project will assess how changing vineyard management practices affects a range of soil properties

Understanding wetland soil biogeochemistry

Supervisor: Vanessa Wong
Field of Study: Soils and land management
Support Offered: Project funds
Collaborating Organisation: Vic DELWP
Preferred Program: Geographical Science, Environmental Science or Earth Science with preference for students who have completed EAE3321
Synopsis.
Coastal wetlands are important biodiversity hotspots and host to abundant bird and fish species in unique ecosystems. Coastal wetlands are also frequently underlain by acid sulfate soils, which can adversely impact on soil and water quality when water levels drop. Our understanding of acid sulfate soils in Victoria in terms of both spatial distribution and characterisation is currently limited. This project will identify the distribution and characterise acid sulfate soils in important wetlands for improved and targeted land and water management of these ecosystems.

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