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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.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 06/03/2006
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Newcastle, 26/04/1996
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Newcastle, 25/09/1997

Research

Research keywords

  • Open-cut coal mine rehabilitation

Research expertise

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

Languages

  • German And Related Languages

Fields of Research

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

Awards

Recognition.

2006Case Study
NSW Minerals Council Ltd (Australia)
Our work has been used by the NSW Minerals Council Ltd as a case study of minesite rehabilitation programs on their website www.nswmin.com.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/8580/Xstrata_Rehabilitation_Case_Study.pdf
2005Case Study
Xstrata Coal (Australia)
Our work has been used as one of Xstrata Coal's case studies of their rehabilitation program on their website www.xstrata.com/sustainability/environment/cs/2005/010

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Environmental Sampling and Data Analysis
  • Flora of Australia
  • Plant Physiology

Teaching expertise

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

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Highlighted Publications

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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]

Publications

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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 grants10
Total funding$2,797,064

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2014 (1 grants)

Ravensworth State Forest Vegetation Complex Research Program$82,714
Funding Body: Xstrata Mt Owen Pty Limited

Project Team
Doctor Yvonne Nussbaumer, Doctor Carmen Castor
SchemeRole
Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$82,71420142014
GNo:G1400691

2013 (1 grants)

Xstrata Ravensworth Operations Research Grant$200,000
Funding Body: Xstrata Ravensworth Operations Pty Ltd

Project Team
Doctor Carmen Castor, Doctor Yvonne Nussbaumer
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$200,00020132016
GNo:G1300999

2012 (1 grants)

Establishing Native Vegetation in Spoil Placement Areas and Restoration Lands$250,000
Funding Body: Xstrata Coal Australia Pty Ltd

Project Team
Mr Michael Cole, Doctor Yvonne Nussbaumer, Doctor Carmen Castor
SchemeRole
Educational Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$250,00020122012
GNo:G1200011

2011 (1 grants)

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

Project Team
Mr Michael Cole, Doctor Carmen Castor, Doctor Yvonne Nussbaumer
SchemeRole
Research ProjectInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$15,00020112011
GNo:G1100940

2010 (1 grants)

Mangoola Ecological Restoration and Reconstruction Research Program$305,522
Funding Body: Xstrata Mangoola Pty Limited

Project Team
Doctor Carmen Castor, Doctor Yvonne Nussbaumer, Mr Michael Cole
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$305,52220102013
GNo:G1000472

2008 (2 grants)

Experimental rehabilitation and revegetation of threatened ecological communities in the lower Hunter$186,828
Funding Body: NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water

Project Team
Mr Michael Cole, Doctor Yvonne Nussbaumer, Doctor Carmen Castor
SchemeRole
Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$186,82820082011
GNo:G0189786

Glendell Habitat Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Research Program$75,000
Funding Body: Xstrata Mt Owen Pty Limited

Project Team
Mr Michael Cole, Doctor Yvonne Nussbaumer, Doctor Carmen Castor
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$75,00020082008
GNo:G0189647

2006 (2 grants)

Mount Owen biodiversity offsets research program$1,120,000
Funding Body: Xstrata Mt Owen Pty Limited

Project Team
Mr Michael Cole, Doctor Yvonne Nussbaumer
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,120,00020062010
GNo:G0186552

Mount Owen rehabilitation and new forest research program$562,000
Funding Body: Theiss Pty Limited

Project Team
Mr Michael Cole, Doctor Yvonne Nussbaumer
SchemeRole
Research Project SupportInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$562,00020062012
GNo:G0186551

2000 (1 grants)

Forest-Woodland Reconstruction Research Program$0
Funding Body: Thiess Contractors Pty Ltd

SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$020002007
GNo:36544502
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions1
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.15

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20102017PhD (Biological Sciences)Co-SupervisorBenefits of Plants, Compost and Inoculation with Plant-Associated Microbes for the Development of a Mine Spoil Anthroposol
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Dr Yvonne Nussbaumer

Work Phone(02) 4921 5876
Email
PositionResearch Academic
Centre for Sustainable Ecosystem Restoration
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science and Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaBiological Sciences
Office
Basden Annexe,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/yvonne-nussbaumer