Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

In the Limelight: Olivia Brunton

Supervisors: Dr Jeff McCormick and Dr Jason Condon Charles Sturt University; Dr Rebecca Haling (CSIRO); Dr Stephanie Watts-Fawkes NSW Department of Primary Industries

Thesis title: Root morphological responses of crop species to phosphorus fertiliser management

Funding body: Graham Centre, GRDC and CSIRO

Career and studies till now

Olivia Brunton I graduated from Charles Sturt University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science with Honours (first class). My honours project investigated the competitive interactions between subterranean clover and serradella plants in response to phosphorus fertiliser management. I spent some time as a technical office at CSIRO Black Mountain before starting my PhD in February 2021.

Doctor of philosophy in Agriculture and Wine Sciences with Charles Sturt (based at CSIRO Black Mountain) in affiliation with the GRDC project “Maximising the uptake of phosphorus by crops to optimise profit in central and southern NSW, Victoria and South Australia”.

Research Interests

Plant phenology, root morphology and fertiliser management

A typical day for me includes ...

Spending the early morning with my pets before driving into the office where I am currently processing my many (many, many, many) samples.

My main project at the moment is ...

I am currently processing samples from my pot experiments and first year field trials.

My favourite part of my studies is ...

The opportunity to develop new skills and see the scientific process through all stages.

When I am not studying I like to ...

Dabble in art (drawing and painting mainly), visit friends and family, and spend time with my dogs.

When I am driving I like to listen to ...

Country music, show tunes or a good podcast.


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