Debra Turner is an Agricultural Officer with the Plant Production and Protection Division (AGP) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.
She has worked on topics related to soils and plant nutrients for 15 years, a major part of that time in field-related activities with the University of Melbourne researching nitrogen dynamics in agricultural soils in Australia and China. This included measuring and modeling emissions of ammonia, nitrous oxide and other oxides of nitrogen from soils to the atmosphere, predominantly in light of climate change and estimating national greenhouse gas inventories.
After leaving Australia in 2012, she worked for the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) on various CGIAR programmes and ICARDA projects in her capacity as a soil expert before joining FAO in 2015.
Her role in FAO supports the AGP Ecosystem Management Team (AGPME) in providing technical support and guidance to countries for maintaining and enhancing ecosystem services as essential components of sustainable farming systems, particularly in regards to nutrient management.
She has a PhD degree in soils, and a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, both from the University of Melbourne.