Dr. Shaygan specialises in soil physics and numerical modelling.

Dr. Shaygan is a soil physicist who works across disciplines to understand the effect and interaction of chemical processes on soil physical structure and transport properties.

Dr. Shaygan’s research focuses on rehabilitation of degraded landscapes, quantification and modelling of water flow and solute and nutrient transport in porous media, characterization of soil hydrological and mechanical properties and soil salinity management. Since the completion of her PhD, Dr. Shaygan has been involved in various research projects on soil, mine wastes, waste rocks and mine waste cover design. Dr. Shaygan’s research interest includes but is not limited to: (i) rehabilitation of degraded landscapes, (ii) salinity, (iii) water flow and solute and nutrient transport, (iv) evaporation from porous media, (v) estimation of water balance parameters

Biography

Dr. Shaygan obtained both BSc and MSc degrees in Agronomy from The University of Tehran. She also has Master of Environmental Management from The University of Queensland. Dr. Shaygan completed her PhD in Soil Science at The University of Queensland. Before joining SMI as a postdoctoral research fellow, Dr. Shaygan worked with NSW Department of Primary Industries on amelioration of subsoil constraints. Dr. Shaygan is a reviewer of high ranking journals, and she is a member of Soil Science Australia.

Industry

Centennial Coal-Swamp hydrology modelling for advancing rehabilitation planning and management

Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd-Improving the timing of deposition for red mud in waste disposal sites

NSW Department of Primary Industries-Amelioration of subsoil sodicity using soil amendments

Beach Energy Ltd-Evaluating rehabilitation potential of brine affected soil

Collaborations

Dr. Shaygan’s research has led to collaborations with other universities such as Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Federation University and Monash University as well as industry organisations such as Centennial Coal, South32, Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd (KCB) and Beach Energy Ltd. 

Funding

Dr. Shaygan’s research has been supported by an innovation connections grant, Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd and Australian Coal Association Research Program.