Dr Thomas Baumgartl

Principal Research Fellow

Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation
Sustainable Minerals Institute
t.baumgartl@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 64061

Overview

Dr Thomas Baumgartl's research interests are in the fields of: Hydrology and mechanics of porous material, Rehabilitation of mined sites, Soil-plant-atmosphere interaction and Geo-Ecology of landscapes.

He received his PhD from The University of Bayreuth, Germany, in 1990. His chief research projects are in the areas of:

  • Stresses and stress distribution in aggregates and bulk soils
  • Mechanical and hydrological processes in cappings of landfills
  • Mechanical stability of soils (experimental determination; modelling)
  • Tensile stresses, crack formation and shrinkage of porous media
  • CO2 sources and sinks in soils
  • Gas-flow and CO2-flow in compacted porous media
  • Hydrophobicity of porous systems and effect on water and element fluxes
  • Salinity

Qualifications

  • Habilitation in Soil Science, Kiel
  • Dip Geookologie, University of Bayreuth
  • PhD in Soil Science, University of Bayreuth

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Publications

Book

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Unger, C. J., Bond, C. J., Baumgartl, T, Glenn, V. C. and Sabourenkov, P. (2016). 'MRC-wiki' - a Mine Rehabilitation and Closure Knowledge Management Tool for Central Queensland Coalmine Practitioners. In: Life-of-Mine 2016. Life-of-Mine 2016, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (39-42). 28-30 September 2016.

  • Baumgartl, Thomas , Glenn, Vanessa , Erskine, Peter and Chan, Jaclyn (2016). Spatial and temporal changes of soil organic carbon content since time of reclamation of mine soils in a semi-arid environment of Australia. In: EGU General Assembly 2016, Vienna Austria, (). 17–22 April 2016.

  • Unger C J, Woodley A, Gillespie M, Baumgartl T, Smith Carl, Erskine P and Fletcher A (2015). ACARP C23023 Industry-based rehabilitation and closure knowledge management system: Scoping Study. In: Tom Farrell Institute, Mined Land Rehabilitation conference, Singleton, NSW, Australia, (). 26 March 2015.

  • Baumgartl, Thomas, Farioli, Andrea and Arnold, Sven (2015). Integration of climate analysis into a framework for cover design. In: Adrian Brown, Linda Figueroa, Jacques Wiertz, Charles Bucknam, Joanna Burgess, Manuel Carballo, Devin Castendyk, Lisa Kirk, Virginia McLemore, James McPhee, Mike O’Kane, Robert Seal, David Williams, Ward Wilson and Christian Wolkersdorfer, 10th ICARD | IMWA 2015 Conference – Agreeing on solutions for more sustainable mine water management. 10th International Conference on AcidRock Drainage and Annual IMWA Conference, Santiago, Chile, (1-9). 21-24 April 2015.

  • Forsyth, Bronwen, Edraki, Mansour and Baumgartl, Thomas (2015). The evolution of tailings seepage chemistry at one of Australia’s largest and longest operating mines. In: Adrian Brown, Charles Bucknam, Joanna Burgess, Manuel Carballo, Devin Castendyk, Linda Figueroa, Lisa Kirk, Virginia McLemore, James McPhee, Mike O’Kane, Robert Seal, Jacques Wiertz, David Williams, Ward Wilson and Christian Wolkersdorfer, 10th ICARD | IMWA 2015 Conference – Agreeing on solutions for more sustainable mine water management. 10th International Conference on AcidRock Drainage and Annual IMWA Conference, Santiago, Chile, (1-11). 21-24 April 2015.

  • Shao, Q., Baumgartl, T., Huang, L. and Weatherley, D. (2014). A cellular automata-based run-of model and its application in mined land rehabilitation designs. In: Life-of-Mine 2014: Delivering sustainable legacies through integrated life-of-mine planning. Life-of-Mine 2014, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (81-96). 16-18 July 2014.

  • Williams, D. J., Kirsch, P. A., Gasparon, M., Baumgartl, T., Edraki, M., Rowe, D. and Harris, J. (2014). Application of RISKGATE to coal mine tailings dams. In: Life-of-Mine 2014: Delivering sustainable legacies through integrated life-of-mine planning. Life-of-Mine 2014, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (219-230). 16-18 July 2014.

  • Edraki, M., Huynh, T., Baumgartl, T., Huang, L., Andrusiewicz, M., Tungpalan, K., Tayebi-Khorami, M., Wightman, E., Palaniandy, S., Manlapig, E., Evans, C., Farrokhpay, S., Bradshaw, D. and Vink, S. (2014). Designer tailings – an integrated model for tailings management. In: Life-of-Mine 2014: Delivering sustainable legacies through integrated Life-of-Mine Planning. Life-of-Mine 2014, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (599-607). 16-18 July 2014.

  • Edraki, Mansour, Huynh, Trang, Baumgartl, Thomas, Huang, Longbin, Andrusiewicz, Michal, Tungpalan, Kate, Tayebi-Khorami, Maedeh, Wightman, Elaine, Palaniandy, Sam, Manlapig, Emmanuel, Evans, Cathy, Farrokhpay, Saeed, Bradshaw, Dee and Vink, Sue (2014). Designer tailings: improving the management of tailings through collaborative research. In: H. Miller and L. Preuss, 8th AMD: Proceedings of the Eighth Australian Workshop on Acid and Metalliferous Drainage. AMD14: The Triennial 8th Australian Workshop on Acid and Metalliferous Drainage, Adelaide, SA, Australia, (173-182). 29 April–2 May, 2014.

  • Baumgartl, T., Arnold, S., Audet, P. and Lechner, A. (2014). Development of climate-based suitability indices for the improvement of success in rehabilitation. In: Life-of-Mine 2014: Delivering sustainable legacies through integrated life-of-mine planning. Life-of-Mine 2014, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (483-490). 16-18 July 2014.

  • Chan, J., Baumgartl, T., Erskine, P. D., Peltre, C. and Plante, A. (2014). Distinguishing carbon fractions in coalmine rehabilitated soils. In: Life-of-Mine 2014: Delivering sustainable legacies through integrated life-of-mine planning. Life-of-Mine 2014, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (491-498). 16-18 July 2014.

  • Gonzales, C., Baumgartl, T., Edraki, M. and Soliman, A. (2014). Mine wastes as cover materials in a water-shedding soil cover in North-west Queensland. In: Life-of-Mine 2014: Delivering sustainable legacies through integrated life-of-mine planning. Life-of-Mine 2014, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (261-270). 16-18 July 2014.

  • Gonzales, C., Baumgartl, T., Scheuermann, A. and Soliman, A. (2014). Soil moisture profile of a water-shedding cover design in central Queensland. In: N. Khalili, A. R. Russell and A. Khoshghalb, Unsaturated Soils: Research and Applications: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Unsaturated Soils: UNSAT 2014. 6th International Conference on Unsaturated Soils (UNSAT 2014), Sydney, Australia, (1403-1408). 2-4 July 2014. doi:10.1201/b17034-205

  • Scheuermann, A, Gonzales, C., Fan, J., Braga, B., Baumgartl, T., Lockington, D., Schlaeger, S., Becker, R., Wagner, N. and Hubner, C. (2014). Spatial Time Domain Reflectometry (spatial TDR) in geo-environmental engineering. In: 2014 IEEE Sensors Applications Symposium, SAS 2014 - Proceedings. 2014 IEEE Sensors Applications Symposium (SAS), Queenstown, New Zealand, (237-241). 18-20 February 2014. doi:10.1109/SAS.2014.6798953

  • Huang, L., Baumgartl, T., Zhou, L. and Mulligan, D. R. (2014). The new paradigm for phytostabilising mine wastes – ecologically engineered pedogenesis and functional root zones. In: Life-of-Mine 2014: Delivering sustainable legacies through integrated life-of-mine planning. Life-of-Mine 2014, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (663-674). 16-18 July 2014.

  • Everingham, J., Collins, N., Baumgartl, T., Vink, S., Mulligan, D., Rifkin, W., Rodriguez, D. and Cavaye, J (2013). Beyond science and engineering: Tackling socio-environmental issues in the resources industry. In: Sustainable Development in Minerals Industry Conference (SDIMI), Milos Island, Greece, (). 30 June - 3 July 2013.

  • Forsyth, Bronwen, Edraki, Mansour, Baumgartl, Thomas and Lassabaterre, Laurent (2013). Contaminant release from sulfidic mine tailings: column experiments and geochemical modelling. In: Stuart Winchester, Fernando Valenzuela and David Mulligan, enviromine2013: 3rd International Seminar on Environmental Issues in Mining. Proceedings. enviromine2013: 3rd International Seminar on Environmental Issues in Mining, Santiago, Chile, (401-409). 4-6 December, 2013.

  • Baumgartl, Thomas and Gonzales, Chris (2013). Controlling water flow in waste rock covers. In: Stuart Winchester, Fernando Valenzuela and David Mulligan, enviromine2013: 3rd International Seminar on Environmental Issues in Mining. Proceedings. enviromine2013: 3rd International Seminar on Environmental Issues in Mining, Santiago, Chile, (161-169). 4-6 December, 2013.

  • Edraki, Mansour, Huynh, Trang, Baumgartl, Thomas, Huang, Longbin, Andrusiewicz, Michal, Tungpalan, Kate, Tayebi-Khorami, Maedeh, Wightman, Elaine, Palaniandy, Sam, Manlapig, Emmanuel, Evans, Cathy, Farrokhpay, Saeed, Bradshaw, Dee and Vink, Sue (2013). Designing mine tailings through collaborative research. In: Stuart Winchester, Fernando Valenzuela and David Mulligan, enviromine2013: 3rd International Seminar on Environmental Issues in Mining. Proceedings. enviromine2013: 3rd International Seminar on Environmental Issues in Mining, Santiago, Chile, (231-239). 4-6 December, 2013.

  • Everingham, J., Collins, N., Rifkin, W., Rodriguez, D., Baumgartl, T., Cavaye, J. and Vink, S. (2013). How farmers, graziers, miners, and gas industry personnel see their potential for co-existence in rural Queensland. In: 2013 Unconventional Resources Conference and Exhibition-Asia Pacific: Proceedings. SPE 13URCE: Unconventional Resources Conference and Exhibition-Asia Pacific 2013, South Bank, QLD, Australia, (1-10). 11-13 November, 2013. doi:10.2118/167016-MS

  • Arnold, Sven, Knauer, Jurgen, Baiquni, Hendry and Baumgartl, Thomas (2012). Effect of water potential on germination of seeds in ecosystem restoration, Brigalow Belt, Queensland, Australia. In: Lucy Burkitt and Leigh Sparrow, Proceedings of the 5th Joint Australian and New Zealand Soil Science Conference 2012. Soil Science: Joint Australian and New Zealand Soil Science Conference: Soil solutions for diverse landscapes, Hobart, Australia, (43-46). 2-7 December 2012.

  • Baumgartl, T. and Richards, B. G. (2012). Evaporation and salt transport under variable climatic conditions. In: Life-of-Mine 2012: Conference Proceedings. Life of Mine Conference (AusIMM), Brisbane, Australia, (179-186). 10-12 July 2012.

  • Schneider, Anne, Doley, David, Arnold, Sven, Baumgartl, Thomas and Mulligan, David (2012). Evapotranspiration on a mine cover system in central New South Wales, Australia. In: Lucy Burkitt and Leigh Sparrow, Proceedings of the 5th Joint Australian and New Zealand Soil Science Conference 2012. Soil Science: Joint Australian and New Zealand Soil Science Conference: Soil solutions for diverse landscapes, Hobart, TAS, Australia, (27-30). 2-7 December 2012.

  • Edraki, M., Forsyth, B., Baumgartl, T. and Bradshaw, D. (2012). Geochemistry of tailings and seepage from three tailings storage facilities in Australia - Uncapped, capped and active tailings. In: Life-of-Mine 2012: Conference Proceedings. Life of Mine Conference (AusIMM), Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (269-277). 10-12 July 2012.

  • Arnold, Sven, Lechner, Alex and Baumgartl, Thomas (2012). Merging modelling and experimental approaches to advance ecohydrological system understanding. In: Revisiting Experimental Catchment Studies in Forest Hydrology: Proceedings. General Assembly of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (25th, IUGG, 2011): IAHS workshop HW05, Melbourne, Australia, (117-124). 28 June–7 July 2011.

  • Huang, L., Baumgartl, T., Edraki, M. and Mulligan, D. (2012). Sustainable phytostabilisation of mine tailings – a critical analysis of system requirements and approaches. In: Life-of-Mine 2012: Conference Proceedings. Life of Mine Conference (AusIMM), Brisbane, Australia, (105-113). 10-12 July 2012.

  • Schneider, A., Baumgartl, T., Doley, D. and Mulligan, D. (2012). Variability in parameters of the water balance equation and their influence on evapotranspiration cover performance. In: Life-of-Mine 2012: Conference Proceedings. Life of Mine Conference (AusIMM), Brisbane, Australia, (293-300). 10-12 July 2012.

  • White, O., Maczkowiack, R. I., Erskine, P. D. and Baumgartl, T. (2012). Walk or talk – is the current mine approval process in Queensland delivering rehabilitation and closure success?. In: Life-of-Mine 2012: Conference Proceedings. Life of Mine Conference (AusIMM), Brisbane, Australia, (59-68). 10- 12 July 2012.

  • Rusdinar, Yuni, Edraki, Mansour, Baumgartl, Thomas and Mulligan, David (2011). A hydrogeochemical review of riverine mine tailings deposition at Freeport Indonesia. In: Mario Sanchez, David Mulligan and Jacques Wiertz, Proceedings of the 2nd International Seminar on Environmental Issues in the Mining Industry. Enviromine 2011, 2nd International Seminar on Environmental Issues in the Mining Industry, Santiago, Chile, (1-8). 23-25 November 2011.

  • Baumgartl, T., Schneider, A. and Mulligan, D. (2011). Applicability of cover designs in different climates of Australia. In: L..C. Bell and B. Braddock, Proceedings of the Seventh Australian Workshop on Acid and Metalliferous Drainage. 7th Australian Workshop on Acid and Metalliferous Drainage (2011), Darwin, Australia, (85-94). 21-24 June 2011.

  • Mohajeri, Arash, Muhlhaus, Hans, Gross, Lutz and Baumgartl, Thomas (2011). Coupled mechanical-hydrological-chemical problems in elasto-plastic saturated soils and soft rocks using escript. In: Stéphane Bonelli, Cristian Dascalu and François Nicot, Advances in Bifurcation and Degradation in Geomaterials: Proceedings of the 9th International Workshop on Bifurcation and Degradation in Geomaterials. 9th International Workshop on Bifurcation and Degradation in Geomaterials, Porquerolles Island, Provence, France, (269-275). 23-26 May 2011. doi:10.1007/978-94-007-1421-2

  • Huang, Longbin, Baumgartl, Thomas and Mulligan, David (2011). Organic matter amendment in copper mine tailings improving primary physical structure, water storage and native grass growth. In: Mario Sanchez, David Mulligan and Jacques Wiertz, Proceedings of the 2nd International Seminar on Environmental Issues in the Mining Industry. Enviromine 2011, 2nd International Seminar on Environmental Issues in the Mining Industry, Santiago, Chile, (1-8). 23-25 November 2011.

  • Huang, L., Baumgartl, T. and Mulligan, D. (2011). System requirements for reconstructing root zone for sustainable revegetation of mined land. In: Australian Mine Rehabilitation Workshop, Adelaide South Australia, (). 17-19 August 2011.

  • Forsyth, B., Edraki, M. and Baumgartl, T. (2011). Understanding the long-term seepage chemistry of base metal mine tailings in a semi-arid tropical climate, Mount Isa, Australia. In: Proceedings of the 7th Australian Workshop on Acid and Metalliferous Drainage (AMD). 7th Australian Workshop on Acid and Metalliferous Drainage (AMD), Darwin, Australia, (105-116). 21-24 June 2011.

  • Reading, Lucy, Lockington, David A., Bristow, Keith L. and Baumgartl, Thomas (2010). Impacts of sodic soil amelioration on deep drainage. In: Robert Gilkes and Nattaporn Prakongkep, 19th World Congress of Soil Science 2010. 19th World Congress of Soil Science, Brisbane, Australia, (772-775). 1-6 August 2010.

  • Schneider, A, Baumgartl, T, Doley, D and Mulligan, D (2010). Store and Release Cover Systems: a suitable preventive for Acid Mine Drainage in semi-arid monsoonal Queensland?. In: 19th World Congress of Soil Science, Brisbane, (). 1-6 Aug, 2010.

  • Schneider, Anne, Baumgartl, Thomas, Doley, David and Mulligan, David (2010). Store and release cover systems: A suitable preventative for acid mine drainage in semi-arid monsoonal Queensland?. In: Robert J. Gilkes and Nattaporn Prakongkep, Proceedings of: 19th World Congress of Soil Science. Soil Solutions for a Changing World. 19th World Congress of Soil Science, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (77-80). 1-6 August 2010.

  • Baiquni H., Baumgartl T., Mulligan D. and Doley, D. (2010). What are the chances of successfully replacing buffel grass with native plant communities in central Queensland’s rehabilitation sites?. In: 19th World Congress of Soil Science, Brisbane, Australia, (). 1-6 August 2010.

  • Reading, L., Lockington, D., Bristow, K. and Baumgartl, T. (2009). An analysis of the impacts of sodic soil hydraulic conductivity on deep drainage and groundwater recharge using the HYDRUS model. In: SAO/NASA ADS Physics Abstract Service. American Geophysical Union (AGU) National Meetings, San Francisco, USA, (). December 2009.

  • Baumgartl, Thomas and Mulligan, David R. (2009). Functions of Designed Cover systems in Semi-Arid Environments of Australia. In: Jacques Wiertz and Chris Moran, Enviromine2009 : Proceedings of the First International Seminar on Environmental Issues in the Mining Industry. First International Seminar on Environmental Issues in the Mining Industry, Santiago, Chile, (68-68). 30 September - 2 October 2009.

  • Edraki, Mansour, Baumgartl, Thomas, Fletcher, Andrew T., Mulligan, David R., Fegan, Warwick and Munawar, Ali (2009). Hydrogeochemical evolution of an uncapped gold tailings storage facility. In: Jacques Wiertz and Chris Moran, enviromine2009: Proceedings of the First International Seminar on Environmental Issues in the Mining Industry. Enviromine 2009: First International Seminar on Environmental Issues in the Mining Industry, Santiago, Chile, (). 30 September - 2 October 2009.

  • Fletcher, Andrew T., Baumgartl, Thomas, Edraki, Mansour, Kirchner, Rachel, Mulligan, David R. and Dunstan, N. (2009). Rehabilitation Options for Soils Affected by Oilfield Brine in an Arid Landscape, Proceedings of the First International Seminar on Environmental Issues in the Mining Industry, Enviromine 2009. In: Wiertz, Jacques, Moran, Chris and Cherepanova, Olga, Proceedings of the First International Seminar on Environmental Issues in the Mining Industry. Environmine 2009, Santiago, Chile, (x-x). 30 September – 2 October 2009.

  • Reading, Lucy P., Lockington, David A., Bristow, Keith and Baumgartl, Thomas (2009). The effect of irrigation water salinity on the saturated hydraulic conductivity of sodic clay soils. In: ASA-CSSA-SSSA 2009 International Annual Meetings: Conference Proceedings. ASA, CSSA and SSSA Annual Meetings, Pittsburg, United States, (). 1-5 November 2009.

  • McIlveen, Graeme, Mulligan, David R., Baumgartl, Thomas, Edraki, Mansour, Pudmenzky, Alexander and Rossato, Laurence (2008). Mine closure to relinquishment: The development of partnerships and management tools to support the process. In: A. Fourie, M. Tibbett, I. Weiersbye and P. Dye, Third International Seminar on Mine Closure. Mine Closure 2008, Johannesburg, South Africa, (207-214). 14 - 17 October 2008.

  • Mulligan, David R., Doley, David, Baumgartl, Thomas and Kathleen Margaret LYNCH (2008). The Role of Vegetation in Mine Waste Cover Systems with Particular Reference to Australian Mine Rehabilitation. In: Fourie, A., Tibbett, M., Weiersbye, I. and Dye, P., Proceedings of the Third International Seminar on Mine Closure. Mine Closure 2008, Johannesburg, South Africa, (727-738). 14 – 17 October 2008.

  • Edraki, M., Baumgartl, T. and Noller, B. (2007). Developing a quantitative framework to assess the success of mine site rehabilitation. In: Fourie, A., Tibbett, M. and Wiertz, J., Mine Closure 2007. Mine Closure 2007, Santiago, Chile, (821-828). 16-19 October 2007.

  • Forsyth, B., Edraki, M. and Baumgartl, T. (2006). An assessment of the leaching behaviour of coal combustion by-products and biosolids for long-term ash dam management. In: Proceedings of the 2006 Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand Conference. Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand Conference, Adelaide, Australia, (343-352). 17-20 September, 2006.

  • Nguyen, A. D., Gasparon, M. and Baumgartl, T. (2006). Chemical and mechanical stability of waste rock at the Mole River Arsenic Mine, Australia. In: Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre, Fourteenth Annual JKMRC Postgraduate Conference and Second JKMRC International Conference. Fourteenth Annual JKMRC Postgraduate Conference and Second JKMRC International Conference, Brisbane, Australia, (73-88). 7-8 March 2006.

  • Edraki, M., Baumgartl, T. and Haymont, R. (2006). Investigating the linkage between water fluxes, geochemistry and water quality in the post-closure landscape of the Mt Leyshon mine, Queensland. In: Andy Fourie and Mark Tibbett, Proceedings of the First International Seminar on Mine Closure. Mine Closure 2006, Perth, WA, (647-656). 13-15 September 2006.

  • Edraki, M., Baumgartl, T., Mulligan, D. R. and Haymont, R. (2006). Post closure management of the Mt Leyshon gold mine: Water the integrator. In: Water in Mining 2006. Water in Mining 2006, Brisbane, Queensland, (233-242). 14-16 November 2006.

  • Baumgartl, T. (2005). Prediction and modeling of tensile stresses and shrinkage. In: T. Schanz, Unsaturated soils: Experimental studies. From Experimental Evidence towards Numerical Modeling of Unsaturated Soils, Weimer, Germany, (383-394). 18-19 September 2003.

  • Horn, R., Taubner, H., Wuttke, M. and Baumgartl, T. (1994). Soil physical properties related to soil structure. In: H. E. Jensen, Soil Tillage for Crop Production and Protection of the Environment. Proceedings of the 13th conference of the international soil tillage research organization (ISTRO). ISTRO 1994: 13th Conference of the International Soil Tillage Research Organization, Aalborg, Denmark, (187-216). 24-29 July, 1994. doi:10.1016/0167-1987(94)90005-1

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.