Dr Eric Craswell

Visiting Fellow

Eric studied agricultural science at the University of Queensland and obtained his PhD for research on the nitrogen balance of wheat on cracking clays on the Darling Downs. He has worked on nitrogen cycling and fertilizer efficiency for rice and wheat at research institutions in Queensland, the United States, United Kingdom, the Philippines, and Austria. He has spent an extended period working on land and water resources management in developing countries, including 13 years in Canberra as Research Programme Co-ordinator at the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, and five years in Bangkok as Director General of the International Board for Soil Research and Management. In 2002-2004 he led an AusAID-funded project supporting the Cambodian Agricultural Research and Development Institute in Phnom Penh. His last full-time position was for three years as Executive Officer of the Global Water System Project at the University of Bonn, Germany.

Research interests

Nutrient cycling in agroecosystems at a range of scales

  • Chalk, P & Craswell, E 2018, 'An overview of the role and significance of 15N methodologies in quantifying biological N2 fixation (BNF) and BNF dynamics in agro-ecosystems', Symbiosis, vol. 75, no. 1, pp. 1-16pp.
  • Chalk, P, Craswell, E, Polidoro, J et al 2015, 'Fate and efficiency of 15N-labelled slow- and controlled-release fertilizers', Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems, vol. 102, no. 2, pp. 167-178.
  • Chalk, P, Inacio, C, Craswell, E et al 2015, 'On the usage of absolute (x) and relative (d) values of 15N abundance', Soil Biology and Biochemistry, vol. 85, pp. 51-53.
  • Craswell, E, King, H & Read, Z 2014, 'Carbon sequestration in agricultural soils: Separating the muck from the magic', International Symposium on Managing Soils for Food Security and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rome Italy, pp. 199-204.
  • Craswell, E 2013, 'Book Review: Rainwater Harvesting for Agriculture in the Dry Areas', Experimental Agriculture, vol. 49, no. 1, pp. 1pp.
  • Craswell, E & Vlek, P 2013, 'Mining of Nutrients in African Soils Due to Agricultural Intensification', in Rattan Lal and B.A. Stewart (ed.), Principles of Sustainable Soil Management in Agroecosystems, CRC Press, Florida USA, pp. 401-422.
  • Blight, D, Craswell, E & Mullen, J 2013, Doing Well by Doing Good: International Agricultural Research - How it benefits Australia as well as developing countries.
  • Craswell, E 2012, 'Erosion control: Soil conservation', in Sven Erik Jorgensen (ed.), Encyclopedia of Environmental Management, CRC Press LLC, pp. 1072-1080.
  • Craswell, E, Vlek, P & Tiessen, H 2010, 'Peak phosphorus - Implications for soil productivity and global food security', World Congress of Soil Science 2010, ed. R.J. Gilkes and N. Prakongkep, Conference Organising Committee, Brisbane Australia, pp. 1-4.
  • Craswell, E 2010, 'Book Review: River Basin Trajectories: Societies, Environments and Development', Experimental Agriculture, vol. 46, p. 421.
  • Craswell, E 2009, 'Ecohydrology. Processes, Models and Case Studies', Experimental Agriculture, vol. 45, no. 4, pp. 510-511.