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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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