Dr Nilantha Hulugalle

B. Agr. Sci. (Hons.), LaTrobe University, 1979; PhD (Soil physics), LaTrobe University, 1985
Honorary adjunct lecturer
College of Science
T: 0437666691

Areas of expertise

  • Soil Physics 050305
  • Carbon Sequestration Science 050301
  • Farming Systems Research 070107
  • Agricultural Land Management 070101
  • Agronomy 070302
  • Crop And Pasture Production Not Elsewhere Classified 070399

Research interests

  • Soil & water conservation & management
  • Hydrological processes in irrigated and dryland farming systems
  • Organic matter management, dynamics and carbon sequestration in soil
  • Farming & cropping systems (tillage, rotation and stubble management systems, soil amendments). Experienced in cotton, maize and cassava-based cropping systems, irrigated row crops, and agro-forestry systems.
  • Soil quality (soil structure, sodicity, salinity, interactions between soil biology, physics and chemistry)
  • Wastewater and solid waste reuse
  • Root growth and dynamics


Junior Scientist (Soil physics), International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Nigeria, 1983-85

Soil-water management agronomist, IITA/USAID/OAU/Semi-arid food grains research & development project. Burkina Faso, 1985-88

Soil physicist, IITA, Nigeria, 1988-1990

Soil physicist, Humid Forest Zone Station, IITA, Cameroon, 1990-1991

Research Officer (Soil Science), NSW Agriculture, Narrabri, NSW, 1992-1999

Senior Research Scientist, Department of Primary Industries, Narrabri, NSW, 1999-2011

Principal Research Scientist, Department of Primary Industries, Narrabri, NSW, 2011-2015

Past student projects

Carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus stoichiometric ratios under cotton cropping systems in Australian Vertisols (K. McPherson, M. Env. Sci.)


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