Richard Doyle

Dr Richard Doyle

Senior Lecturer in Soil Science

PhD, MSc, BSc(Hons)

Centre Perennial Horticulture Centre; School of Agricultural Science
Campus Sandy Bay Campus
Building Life Sciences Building
Room 309
Telephone +61 3 6226 2622
Mobile 0419 992 264
Fax +61 3 6226 7444

Teaching Responsibilities

I lecture in topics including soil survey, soil formation, soil erosion, land evaluation, soil physics, soil mineralogy and soil chemistry. 

I am Unit Coordinator and Lecturer for the following units:

  • KLA 213 - Soil formation, function and fertility
  • KLA 381 - Agricultural Landscape Systems
  • KLA 397 - Soil Science

I also supervise honours and postgraduate students in a range of topics.


  • Sir Theodore Rigg Award (1990)
  • Teaching Merit Certificates (1997, 2006, 2009)
  • Rotary University Teaching Scholarship (2004)
  • Past President of Tasmanian Branch of Soil Science Australia (2008-10)
  • Vice-President of Soil Science Australia (2010-12)
  • Convenor Joint ASSSI-NZSSS Soil Science Conference 2012


A full list of publications can be found on Dr Doyle's WARP research page.

Selected publications

  • Hardie, MA and Doyle, RB and Cotching, WE and Lisson, S, 'Subsurface Lateral Flow in Texture-Contrast (Duplex) Soils and Catchments with Shallow Bedrock', Applied and Environmental Soil Science, 2012  (2012)
  • Hardie, MA and Cotching, WE and Doyle, RB and Lisson, S, 'Influence of climate, saturation and leaching on seasonal variations in potential water repellence', Hydrological Processes: An International Journal pp. Published online in Wiley Online Library. ISSN 0885-6087 (2011)
  • Ives, SW and Cotching, WE and Sparrow, LA and Lisson, S and Doyle, RB, 'Plant growth and soil responses to soil applied organic materials in Tasmania, Australia', Waste Management: Industrial - Radioactive - Hazardous, 49 pp. 572-581. (2011)
  • Hardie, MA and Cotching, WE and Doyle, RB and Holz, GK and Lisson, S and Mattern, K, 'Effect of antecedent soil moisture on preferential flow in a texture-contrast soil', Journal of Hydrology, 398 (3-4) pp. 191-201. (2010)
  • Kirkham, JM and Rowe, BA and Doyle, RB, 'Persistent improvements in the structure and hydraulic conductivity of a Ferrosol due to liming', Australian Journal of Soil Research, 45 (3) pp. 218-233. (2007)
  • Sparrow, LA and Belbin, KC and Doyle, RB, 'Organic carbon in the silt + clay fraction of Tasmanian soils', Soil Use and Management, 22 pp. 219-220. (2006)
  • Osok, RM and Doyle, RB, 'Soil development on dolerite and its implications for landscape history in southeastern Tasmania', Geoderma, 121 (3-4) pp. 169-186. (2004)
  • Cumming, JP and Doyle, RB and Brown, PH, 'Clomazone dissipation in four Tasmanian topsoils', Weed Science, 50 (3) pp. 405-409. (2002)

Media Expert

Soil formation, classification and properties, teaching of soil and agricultural science, soil forensics, land resource assessment

Career summary

Dr. Richard Doyle has over 20 years research and teaching experience in Universities and private organizations in New Zealand, Africa and Australia. Richard is a Senior Lecturer in Soil Science specializing in soil formation, land evaluation, pesticides in soil and soil carbon dynamics. Within the School of Agricultural Science he coordinates and teaches three units. He has supervised/co-supervised 20 honours, 12 PhD and two Master's research project completions. In 2004 he won a Rotary International University Teacher Scholarship to teach soil science at the University of Namibia for one semester. Richard has been involved in research into the fate of pesticides in soils, soil carbon balances, rural tree decline, soil salinity (NHT), soil formation processes and various geoarchaeology projects. He completed both his Masters and PhD on geoarcheological projects in northern Greece.