• The University of Western Australia (M089), 35 Stirling Highway, Room 2.212, Soil Science Building, Perth campus

    6009 Perth


  • 5702 Citations
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1994 …2022
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Personal profile


Daniel started work at UWA in 1999 after spending 4 years conducting agricultural research in the UK. He currently manages a research program that addresses issues relating to the development of sustainable management practices for agriculture, horticulture and mine sites under rehabilitation. The biological fertility of soil is a major focus of this research where staff and students employ a range of molecular, isotopic, biochemical and enzymatic tools to study microbial ecology and nutrient cycling and issues relating to microbial function and diversity. Research is primarily funded through the Australian Grains Research and Development Corporation, the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry, the Australian Research Council and industry partners.

Roles and responsibilities

Development of equipment to measure gross N fluxes in coarse textured soils.
Established soil organic matter fractionation protocol for WA soils.

Previous positions

1998 – 1999 Research Scientist
Soil Science Department, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2JQ, U.K.

The focus of this research was to use isotopic pool dilution techniques to further develop a process-based understanding of nutrient cycling in agricultural, grassland and natural systems. The ratio of gross nitrification to ammonium immobilisation was assessed as an index of N loss against modelled and measured leaching rates. The same principles were also used to assess the concept of ‘N saturation’ across a European N deposition gradient. Research also addressed the movement and loss of dissolved organic matter.

1995 – 1998 Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Soil Science Department, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2JQ, U.K.

My contract was a joint appointment between Rothamsted and the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research (IGER). Overall focus of this research was to develop detailed data sets on nutrient cycling and soil organic matter for model development (mechanistic; based on turnover of soil organic matter fractions) and evaluation (SUNDIAL/Roth-C).

Collaborators: Dr Steve Jarvis and Dr David Hatch (IGER), Dr Decland Barraclough (Reading University), Dr Mark Shepherd (ADAS)

Teaching overview

Undergraduate lecturing:
·Soil Biology and Plant Nutrition (EART2240)
·Terrestrial Ecosystems (EART1110)


Microbial nutrient cycling
Microbial ecology
Soil biological fertility
Carbon sequestration
Farming systems
Isotope application to soil research


  • Soil biology/biochemistry
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Function of soil organic matter
  • Microbial ecology
  • Greenhouse gases
  • Nutrient cycling in terrestrial ecosystems
  • Soil biological limitations to crop production
  • Soil quality
  • Mine site rehabilitation

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Research Output 1994 2019

Angiosperm symbioses with non-mycorrhizal fungal partners enhance N acquisition from ancient organic matter in a warming maritime Antarctic

Hill, P. W., Broughton, R., Bougoure, J., Havelange, W., Newsham, K. K., Grant, H., Murphy, D. V., Clode, P., Ramayah, S., Marsden, K. A., Quilliam, R. S., Roberts, P., Brown, C., Read, D. J., Deluca, T. H., Bardgett, R. D., Hopkins, D. W. & Jones, D. L., 1 Dec 2019, In : Ecology Letters. 22, 12, p. 2111-2119 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

Open Access
vascular plant
vascular plants
2 Citations (Scopus)

Bacillus subtilis and surfactant amendments for the breakdown of soil water repellency in a sandy soil

Lowe, M. A., Mathes, F., Loke, M. H., McGrath, G., Murphy, D. V. & Leopold, M., 15 Jun 2019, In : Geoderma. 344, p. 108-118 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Bacillus subtilis
sandy soil
sandy soils
2 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
14 Citations (Scopus)

Linking bacterial community composition to soil salinity along environmental gradients

Rath, K. M., Fierer, N., Murphy, D. V. & Rousk, J., 1 Mar 2019, In : ISME Journal. 13, 3, p. 836-846 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
environmental gradient
soil salinity
bacterial communities
community composition
2 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
exchangeable aluminum
energy flow
microbial communities
microbial community

Projects 2000 2022