Dr Yvonne Nussbaumer

Research Academic

School of Environmental and Life Sciences (Biological Sciences)

Career Summary

Biography

I co-lead and manage research programs at the Ravensworth State Forest Vegetation Complex Model Site that is listed on the Global Restoration Network of the Society for Ecosystem Restoration, International. This site has been developed over a 16-year period and led to the peer reviewed publication, that I coauthored, ‘Establishing Native Vegetation: Principles and Interim Guidelines for Spoil Placement Areas and Restoration Lands’ which Xstrata Coal NSW personnel use as scientifically based guidelines for restoration and rehabilitation. Another program that I manage and contribute to at the site is the Biodiversity Offsets Research Program that fulfills part of the Mount Owen mine consent conditions, where a number of experiments test site preparation and restoration methods linked to habitat provision for native flora and fauna. This followed on from the Australian Coal Association Research Program project “Topsoil substitutes and sustainability of reconstructed native forest in the Hunter Valley” where I was Project Manager and my PhD thesis “Rebuilding biodiversity and microbial associations in native forest rehabilitation following open-cut coal mining” at The University of Newcastle, 2006. I have also co-led experimental trials conducted with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage in reconstructing the Endangered Ecological Communities Kurri Sands Swamp Woodland and Lower Hunter Spotted Gum Ironbark Forest on previously cleared land. My main interests are in developing effective techniques for the restoration and reconstruction of native vegetation, including Endangered Ecological Communities, with the ultimate aim of being able to develop recovery plans for species and ecosystems. Key foci of my research are in the reconstruction of functional soil, plant nutrition and plant health. I contribute to the University by co-supervising PhD candidates, Honours students and providing guest lectures in undergraduate courses. My experience has developed from a strong interest in high quality experimental design, methods of experimental implementation, and analysis to produce scientifically valid and meaningful results for field and laboratory experiments.

Research Expertise
Research of nutritional requirements, microbial associations and best techniques for recreating native forest ecosystems on disturbed land.

Teaching Expertise
My teaching has been in undergraduate laboratory sessions or tutorials, mainly on plant physiology and experimental sampling and data analysis. 


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Environmental Sampling and Data Analysis
  • Flora of Australia
  • Open-cut coal mine rehabilitation
  • Plant Physiology

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
050207Environmental Rehabilitation (excl. Bioremediation)80
050303Soil Biology10
060208Terrestrial Ecology10

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
2/05/2015 - 31/01/2016Research AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia
30/03/2013 - 30/05/2013Research AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia
30/09/2012 - 2/02/2013Research AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia

Awards

Recognition

YearAward
2006Case Study
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2005Case Study
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Nussbaumer YM, Castor C, Cole MA, 'Establishing native vegetation on the Mount Owen Mine model site', Australasian Plant Conservation: Journal of the Australian Network for Plant Conservation, 21 6-8 (2012) [C3]

Conference (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2005Castor C, Nussbaumer YM, Ambjerg-Pedersen D, Cole MA, 'Germination of Forest Species in Mine Rehabilitation in the Hunter Valley', Proceeding of the Fifth Australian Workshop on Native Seed Biology, Brisbane QLD (2005) [E1]

Report (4 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Nussbaumer YM, Castor C, Cole MA, 'Establishing Native Vegetation: Principles and Interim Guidelines for Spoil Placement Areas and Restoration Lands', XStrata Coal, 138 (2012) [R1]
2008Cole MA, Nussbaumer YM, Castor C, Fisher NB, Furner L, Kovacs A, Schulz S, 'Ravensworth State Forest Vegetation Complex Research Program', University of Newcastle, Centre for Sustainable Ecosystem Restoration, 187 (2008) [R1]
2006Cole MA, Nussbaumer YM, Castor C, Fisher NB, Dyer L, Kovacs A, 'Field Research Facility for the Restoration and Reconstruction of a Native Forest and Woodland Ecosystem at the Ravensworth State Forest Vegetation Complex', University of Newcastle, Centre for Sustainable Ecosystem Restoration, 44 (2006) [R1]
2004Cole MA, Nussbaumer YM, Castor C, 'Integrating Vegetation Community Construction at the Rehabilitation Sites of Mount Owen Open-Cut Coal Mine with Vegetation Community Restoration in the Large Remnant of Ravensworth State Forest and the New Forest: Towards the Development of a Model Research Site in the Upper Hunter', University of Newcastle, Physiological Ecology Unit, Plant Science Group, 65 (2004) [R1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants12
Total funding$2,810,064

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20151 grants / $6,500

Interactions between organic matter, microbes and native plants in order to facilitate rehabilitation of an Endangered Ecological Community.$6,500

Funding body: Equity Trustees Limited

Funding bodyEquity Trustees Limited
Project TeamMiss Kate Newman, Professor Christopher Grof, Doctor Yvonne Nussbaumer, Michael Cole
SchemeHolsworth Wildlife Research Endowment grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2015
GNoG1500878
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

20142 grants / $89,214

Ravensworth State Forest Vegetation Complex Research Program$82,714

Funding body: Xstrata Mt Owen Pty Limited

Funding bodyXstrata Mt Owen Pty Limited
Project TeamDoctor Yvonne Nussbaumer, Doctor Carmen Castor
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400691
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

Interactions between organic matter, microbes and native plants in order to facilitate rehabilitation.$6,500

Funding body: Equity Trustees Limited

Funding bodyEquity Trustees Limited
Project TeamMiss Kate Newman, Professor Christopher Grof, Doctor Yvonne Nussbaumer
SchemeHolsworth Wildlife Research Endowment grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400573
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

20131 grants / $200,000

Xstrata Ravensworth Operations Research Grant$200,000

Funding body: Xstrata Ravensworth Operations Pty Ltd

Funding bodyXstrata Ravensworth Operations Pty Ltd
Project TeamDoctor Carmen Castor, Doctor Yvonne Nussbaumer
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1300999
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

20121 grants / $250,000

Establishing Native Vegetation in Spoil Placement Areas and Restoration Lands$250,000

Funding body: Xstrata Coal Australia Pty Ltd

Funding bodyXstrata Coal Australia Pty Ltd
Project TeamMr Michael Cole, Doctor Yvonne Nussbaumer, Doctor Carmen Castor
SchemeEducational Research Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1200011
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

20111 grants / $15,000

Brief scoping of the St John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) weed issue and the potential for scientific research that would assist the broader community towards its control within Box Gum Woodlands$15,000

Funding body: Rio Tinto Coal Australia

Funding bodyRio Tinto Coal Australia
Project TeamMr Michael Cole, Doctor Carmen Castor, Doctor Yvonne Nussbaumer
SchemeResearch Project
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNoG1100940
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

20101 grants / $305,522

Mangoola Ecological Restoration and Reconstruction Research Program$305,522

Funding body: Xstrata Mangoola Pty Limited

Funding bodyXstrata Mangoola Pty Limited
Project TeamDoctor Carmen Castor, Doctor Yvonne Nussbaumer, Mr Michael Cole
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2010
GNoG1000472
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

20082 grants / $261,828

Experimental rehabilitation and revegetation of threatened ecological communities in the lower Hunter$186,828

Funding body: NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water

Funding bodyNSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water
Project TeamMr Michael Cole, Doctor Yvonne Nussbaumer, Doctor Carmen Castor
SchemeProject Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0189786
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY

Glendell Habitat Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Research Program$75,000

Funding body: Xstrata Mt Owen Pty Limited

Funding bodyXstrata Mt Owen Pty Limited
Project TeamMr Michael Cole, Doctor Yvonne Nussbaumer, Doctor Carmen Castor
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0189647
Type Of FundingGrant - Aust Non Government
Category3AFG
UONY

20062 grants / $1,682,000

Mount Owen biodiversity offsets research program$1,120,000

Funding body: Xstrata Mt Owen Pty Limited

Funding bodyXstrata Mt Owen Pty Limited
Project TeamMr Michael Cole, Doctor Yvonne Nussbaumer
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2006
Funding Finish2006
GNoG0186552
Type Of FundingContract - Aust Non Government
Category3AFC
UONY

Mount Owen rehabilitation and new forest research program$562,000

Funding body: Theiss Pty Limited

Funding bodyTheiss Pty Limited
Project TeamMr Michael Cole, Doctor Yvonne Nussbaumer
SchemeResearch Project Support
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2006
Funding Finish2006
GNoG0186551
Type Of FundingContract - Aust Non Government
Category3AFC
UONY

20001 grants / $0

Forest-Woodland Reconstruction Research Program$0

Funding body: Thiess Contractors Pty Ltd

Funding bodyThiess Contractors Pty Ltd
Project Team
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2000
Funding Finish2007
GNo
Type Of FundingNot Known
CategoryUNKN
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2010Benefits of Plants, Compost and Inoculation with Plant-Associated Microbes for the Development of a Mine Spoil Anthroposol
Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Yvonne Nussbaumer

Position

Research Academic
Centre for Plant Science
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science and Information Technology

Focus area

Biological Sciences

Contact Details

Emailyvonne.nussbaumer@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4921 5876

Office

RoomBAG05
BuildingBasden Annexe
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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