Dr. David Houlbrooke

Science Team Leader
Environmental Research

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BSc Earth Sciences University of Waikato 1994

MSc (Hons) Earth Sciences University of Waikato 1996

PhD Soil Science Massey University 2005

Research interests & activities
  • Land treatment of dairy effluents
  • Soil and landscape risk of land applying dairy effluent
  • Nutrient supply and characteristics of dairy effluents
  • Soil water management
  • Soil physical quality and forage response
  • Soil compaction and pugging 
  • Nutrient loss mitigation under intensive dairy farming

Career Highlights

2002 – Awarded the T.W Walker prize for the best oral presentation by a student at a NZSSS conference.

2004 – Awarded prize for best oral presentation for the symposium on "Soil management and water quality" at the joint NZSSS/ASSSI conference in Sydney

2006 - Maurice Fields award by the NZSSS for the outstanding PhD theses of 2005

2010 - Best overall presentation award at the 2010 NZ Land Treatment Collective conference.