Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Alison Southwell

Dr Alison Southwell

BRurSc Hons1 (UNE), PhD (CSU)

Alison was raised on the family farm and after graduating from the University of New England with BRurSc (Hons), undertook a PhD investigating the soil water dynamics beneath native pasture communities. Alison joined the staff of CSU in 2007, lecturing in Agricultural systems and had a major role in redesigning the Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree and developing the fourth year.  Alison now also subject coordinates and teaches into the pastures subjects for various degrees.

Alison is a member of the Graham Centre.  She has been site leader for the Future Farm Industries CRC National Evergraze project for the Wagga Wagga region and has also managed farm systems/extension projects and PhD students locally and internationally.  Her research interests include the eco-physiology of perennial pastures and grazing and farming systems management. In addition to her academic career, Alison is a mother of two, manages a 2000 head flock of merinos across two properties at Bookham and Mangoplah in NSW and is partner in a broadacre spraying and spreading contracting business in the Wagga Wagga district.

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Teaching Interests

  • AHT101 Professional Skills in Agriculture and Horticulture
  • PSC236 Pasture Production and Utilisation
  • PSC360 Pastures and Rangelands

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Research Interests

  • Native Pastures
  • Grazing Systems Management
  • Farm Systems Management

Current Research Projects

  • 2013 – present Hawkesbury Neppeon Catchment Management Authority soil matrix project.  Monitoring botanical composition on reclaimed areas treated with compost.  Sites at Capertee and Goulburn.
  • 2013 – 2015 Early Career Researcher study – IGC plenary.  Production of a paper outlining outcomes from a meeting with early career researchers at the International Grasslands Congress in 2013.  A cross – institutional activity.
  • 2011 – 2013 Project manager for the Tarcutta site EverGraze grazing systems research experiment, Future Farm industries CRC.
  • 2011 Lead scientist for Holbrook site Everfarm case study project, Future Farm Industries CRC $15,000.

Research Students

PhD Current
  • William Kerua "Smallholder cocoa production:  Farmers' livelihood and factors influencing decision making in technology adoption in Papua New Guinea"
  • Wesley Ward "Communication for agricultural development in South East Asia: pathways, problems and possibilities"
  • Shoaib Tufail: "Development of a village-based forage seed production system for the profitability and sustainability of smallholder farmers in mixed farming systems in Pakistan"

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Professional Memberships

Other Professional Activities

  • 2013 National Merino Challenge
  • 2009-2014 Organising committee for the International Grasslands Congress to be held in Australia in September
  • 2013 Chair of the early career research sub-committee

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Recent Publications

View Dr Southwell's publications on CRO.

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