Dr Gunnar Kirchhof

Principal Research Fellow

School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Faculty of Science

Senior Lecturer

School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Faculty of Science
g.kirchhof1@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 51364

Overview

May 2002–ongoing: Lecturer Land Resources Sciences, Senior Research Fellow, School of Land, Crop and Food Sciences; The University of Queensland, Australia

As lecturer of Land Resources Sciences at the University of Queensland, Dr Kirchhof has both led and collaborated on over half a dozen projects, and supervised numerous research staff and students. His research has focussed on:

  • Soil–Water relationships;
  • Conservation Agriculture and Irrigation scheduling
  • Soil erosion
  • Water and Nutrient Balances;
  • Spatial Variability of Soil Properties from Ped to Landscape Scales;
  • Dry-land Salinity Management;
  • Water Recycling
  • Computer Modelling of Water Flow with Special Reference to Variability and assessment of deep drainage
  • Knowledge Management;

2011-15 Course leader: Australia Awards in Africa Dryland Farming/Soil and Water conservation Short Course Awards, UniQuest; Australia and Africa, Dr Kirchhof led the design and delivery of the AusAID-funded Dryland Farming Short Course Award, contracted to UniQuest/UQ-ID through GRM International, which was delivered twice a year in 2011 and 2014.

Countries of work experience: Indonesia, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Burkino Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Tunisia, Uganda, Kenya, Tunisia, Australia.

Previous postions:

Oct 1997–May 2002: Senior Soil Scientist, Soil Conservation, NSW Agriculture; Australia

Mar 1996–Oct 1997: Soil Physicist, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture; Ibadan, Nigeria

Dec 1991–Mar 1996: Research Fellow, Department of Agriculture, The University of Queensland; Brisbane

Jan 1989–Dec 1991: Soil Scientist, CASSIRO Ltd, Wauchope, NSW

Research Interests

  • Soil and Water Management
    Water in the soil environment and landscapes: even though it is usually not considered a nutrient, it can in fact be seen as the most important nutrient. It drives productivity of our ago-ecosystems as well their sustainability. Water must be used efficiently, what can efficient water use achieve? What are the limits of this efficiency?
  • Conservation Agriculture
    Conservation Agriculture (CA) is considered the current best management practice for sustainable and productive ago-ecosystems. Is this correct? - May be not? We need to know more about practical suitability of CA in a range of environments, especially in Africa as wholesale promotion of CA can be detrimental to its adoption potential. The big questions are: is it a management method to satisfy world food demand? Can it be used to mitigate or manage climate change? What are its limitations?

Qualifications

  • Graduate Certificate in Education, The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Graduate Dipl Agricultural Studies, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover

Publications

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Supervision

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Kirchhof, Gunnar, Tuong, T. P. and So, H. B. (2011). Puddling: effect on soil physical properties and crops. Encyclopedia of agrophysics. (pp. 667-668) edited by Jan Gliński, Józef, Horabik and Jerzy Lipiec. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-90-481-3585-1_129

  • Wegener, M., Kirchhof, G. and Wilson, T. (2009). An analysis of village garden management in the Papua New Guinea highlands. Soil fertility in sweetpotato-based cropping systems in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. (pp. 88-94) edited by Gunnar Kirchhof. Canberra, ACT, Australia: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

  • Kirchhof, Gunnar, Taraken, Issac T., Ramakrishna, Akkinapally, Ratsch, Rainer and Igua, Passinghan (2009). Biophysical constraints of sweetpotato-based cropping systems in the Papua New Guinea highlands. Soil fertility in sweetpotato-based cropping systems in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. (pp. 95-109) edited by Gunnar Kirchhof. Canberra, A.C.T., Australia: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

  • Kirchhof, Gunnar and Daniells, Ian (2009). Changing tillage management practices and their impact on soil structural properties in north-western New South Wales, Australia. Soil fertility in sweetpotato-based cropping systems in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. (pp. 60-69) edited by Gunnar Kirchhof. Canberra, ACT, Australia: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

  • Junge, B., Deji, O., Abaidoo, R., Chikoye, D. and Kirchhof, G. (2009). Overview of soil conservation technologies and their perception by farmers in Nigeria. Soil fertility in sweetpotato-based cropping systems in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. (pp. 49-59) edited by Gunnar Kirchhof. Canberra, ACT, Australia: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

  • Kirchhof, G., Odunze, A. C. and Salako, F. K. (2009). Soil management in the northern Guinea savanna of Nigeria. Soil fertility in sweetpotato-based cropping systems in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. (pp. 43-48) edited by Gunnar Kirchhof. Canberra, ACT, Australia: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

  • Kravchuk, O., Wilson, T. and Kirchhof, G. (2009). Statistical methods for a soil fertility management survey analysis in Papua New Guinea. Soil fertility in sweetpotato-based cropping systems in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. (pp. 79-87) edited by Gunnar Kirchhof. Canberra, ACT, Australia: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

  • Kirchhof, G., Taraken, I.T., Ratsch, R., Kapal, D. and Igua, P. (2009). Survey methodology to assess socioeconomic and biophysical constraints—lessons learnt in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. Soil fertility in sweetpotato-based cropping systems in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. (pp. 70-78) edited by Gunnar Kirchhof. Canberra, ACT, Australia: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

  • Kirchhof, Gunnar (2007). Plastic properties. Encyclopedia of soil science. edited by Rattan Lal. New York, United States: Taylor & Francis. doi: 10.1081/E-ESS-120001587

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision