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

Code Description Percentage
050207 Environmental Rehabilitation (excl. Bioremediation) 80
050303 Soil Biology 10
060208 Terrestrial Ecology 10

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
2/05/2015 - 31/01/2016 Research Academic University of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia
30/03/2013 - 30/05/2013 Research Academic University of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia
30/09/2012 - 2/02/2013 Research Academic University of Newcastle
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Australia

Awards

Recognition

Year Award
2006 Case Study
Unknown
2005 Case Study
Unknown
Edit

Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Nussbaumer 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2005 Castor 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Nussbaumer YM, Castor C, Cole MA, 'Establishing Native Vegetation: Principles and Interim Guidelines for Spoil Placement Areas and Restoration Lands', XStrata Coal, 138 (2012) [R1]
2008 Cole 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]
2006 Cole 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]
2004 Cole 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]
Show 1 more report
Edit

Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 12
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 body Equity Trustees Limited
Project Team Miss Kate Newman, Professor Christopher Grof, Doctor Yvonne Nussbaumer, Michael Cole
Scheme Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500878
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20142 grants / $89,214

Ravensworth State Forest Vegetation Complex Research Program$82,714

Funding body: Xstrata Mt Owen Pty Limited

Funding body Xstrata Mt Owen Pty Limited
Project Team Doctor Yvonne Nussbaumer, Doctor Carmen Castor
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400691
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

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

Funding body: Equity Trustees Limited

Funding body Equity Trustees Limited
Project Team Miss Kate Newman, Professor Christopher Grof, Doctor Yvonne Nussbaumer
Scheme Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400573
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20131 grants / $200,000

Xstrata Ravensworth Operations Research Grant$200,000

Funding body: Xstrata Ravensworth Operations Pty Ltd

Funding body Xstrata Ravensworth Operations Pty Ltd
Project Team Doctor Carmen Castor, Doctor Yvonne Nussbaumer
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300999
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20121 grants / $250,000

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

Funding body: Xstrata Coal Australia Pty Ltd

Funding body Xstrata Coal Australia Pty Ltd
Project Team Mr Michael Cole, Doctor Yvonne Nussbaumer, Doctor Carmen Castor
Scheme Educational Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200011
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

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 body Rio Tinto Coal Australia
Project Team Mr Michael Cole, Doctor Carmen Castor, Doctor Yvonne Nussbaumer
Scheme Research Project
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1100940
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20101 grants / $305,522

Mangoola Ecological Restoration and Reconstruction Research Program$305,522

Funding body: Xstrata Mangoola Pty Limited

Funding body Xstrata Mangoola Pty Limited
Project Team Doctor Carmen Castor, Doctor Yvonne Nussbaumer, Mr Michael Cole
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1000472
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

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 body NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water
Project Team Mr Michael Cole, Doctor Yvonne Nussbaumer, Doctor Carmen Castor
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189786
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

Glendell Habitat Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Research Program$75,000

Funding body: Xstrata Mt Owen Pty Limited

Funding body Xstrata Mt Owen Pty Limited
Project Team Mr Michael Cole, Doctor Yvonne Nussbaumer, Doctor Carmen Castor
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189647
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20062 grants / $1,682,000

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

Funding body: Xstrata Mt Owen Pty Limited

Funding body Xstrata Mt Owen Pty Limited
Project Team Mr Michael Cole, Doctor Yvonne Nussbaumer
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0186552
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

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

Funding body: Theiss Pty Limited

Funding body Theiss Pty Limited
Project Team Mr Michael Cole, Doctor Yvonne Nussbaumer
Scheme Research Project Support
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0186551
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

20001 grants / $0

Forest-Woodland Reconstruction Research Program$0

Funding body: Thiess Contractors Pty Ltd

Funding body Thiess Contractors Pty Ltd
Project Team
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2000
Funding Finish 2007
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON Y
Edit

Research Supervision

Current Supervision

Commenced Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2010 Benefits 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
Edit

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

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

Office

Room BAG05
Building Basden Annexe
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
Edit