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Professor Leigh Sullivan has an international reputation for his research in geochemistry, especially on acid sulfate soils and carbon biosequestration. He has published over 300 articles, books and chapters. He was the Chair of the International Union of Soil Sciences’ Acid Sulfate Soil Working Group between 2002-2010 and then again between 2014-2018. Professor Sullivan has also secured international patents arising from his research activities and is currently a Director of two R&D companies formed to commercialise these intellectual properties.

Professor Sullivan has been Deputy Chair and member of the Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences Panel for the Australian Research Council’s College of Experts (2012-2014). He has also served on other Australian Research Council advisory and selection committees including those for Centres for Excellence (2015-2016) and the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA 2015).

Professor Sullivan has contributed to the development of numerous environmental policies and activities both as chair and member of advisory committees for State and Commonwealth Governments and statutory authorities. Most recently he was lead author of a series of national guidance manuals on acid sulfate soil assessment and management published in 2018 for the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

Professor Leigh Sullivan holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Honours) and a Doctor of Philosophy from The University of Sydney. He joined the University of Canberra in November 2018 as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation.

Professor Leigh Sullivan has an international reputation for his research in geochemistry, especially on acid sulfate soils and carbon biosequestration. He has published over 300 articles, books and chapters. He was the Chair of the International Union of Soil Sciences’ Acid Sulfate Soil Working Group between 2002-2010 and then again between 2014-2018. Professor Sullivan has also secured international patents arising from his research activities and is currently a Director of two R&D companies formed to commercialise these intellectual properties.

Professor Sullivan has been Deputy Chair and member of the Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences Panel for the Australian Research Council’s College of Experts (2012-2014). He has also served on other Australian Research Council advisory and selection committees including those for Centres for Excellence (2015-2016) and the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA 2015).

 Professor Sullivan has contributed to the development of numerous environmental policies and activities both as chair and member of advisory committees for State and Commonwealth Governments and statutory authorities. Most recently he was lead author of a series of national guidance manuals on acid sulfate soil assessment and management published in 2018 for the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

Professor Leigh Sullivan holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Honours) and a Doctor of Philosophy from The University of Sydney. He joined the University of Canberra in November 2018 as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation.

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acid sulfate soil Earth & Environmental Sciences
acid sulfate soils Agriculture & Biology
Soils Chemical Compounds
Sulfates Chemical Compounds
Acids Chemical Compounds
schwertmannite Earth & Environmental Sciences
oxidation Earth & Environmental Sciences
Sulfides Chemical Compounds

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Research Output 1987 2019

  • 112 Article
  • 3 Comment/debate
  • 2 Conference contribution
  • 1 Book/Film/Article review

Role of temperature on the development of hypoxia in blackwater from grass

Vithana, C. L., Sullivan, L. A. & Shepherd, T., 2019, In : Science of the Total Environment. 667, p. 152-159 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

hypoxia
grass
Organic carbon
temperature
Temperature
6 Citations (Scopus)

Abundant stocks and mobilization of elements in boreal acid sulfate soils

Yli-Halla, M., Virtanen, S., Mäkelä, M., Simojoki, A., Hirvi, M., Innanen, S., Mäkelä, J. J. & Sullivan, L., 2017, In : Geoderma. 308, p. 333-340 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

acid sulfate soils
acid sulfate soil
mobilization
porewater
zinc
1 Citation (Scopus)

Effect of schwertmannite and jarosite on the formation of hypoxic blackwater during inundation of grass material

Vithana, C. L., Sullivan, L. A. & Shepherd, T., 2017, In : Water Research. 124, p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

schwertmannite
jarosite
grass
Iron
Water
4 Citations (Scopus)

Oxidative transformation of iron monosulfides and pyrite in estuarine sediments: Implications for trace metals mobilisation

Choppala, G., Bush, R., Moon, E., Ward, N., Wang, Z., Bolan, N. & Sullivan, L., 2017, In : Journal of Environmental Management. 186, 2, p. 158-166 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

estuarine sediment
Pyrites
trace metal
mobilization
Estuaries

Accumulation of sulfidic sediments in a channelised inland river system, southern Australia

Wong, V. N. L., Cheetham, M. D., Bush, R. T., Sullivan, L. A. & Ward, N. J., 2016, In : Marine and Freshwater Research. 67, 11, p. 1655-1666 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

river system
sediments
rivers
sediment
sulfide