A wise person once said, ‘Don’t treat your soil like dirt’ which perfectly summarises Hazel Gaza’s research and commitment to improve soil health.
Originally from the Philippines, Hazel studied at the University of the Philippines, first attaining her Bachelor of Science in Biology, then a Masters in Genetics, minor in Biochemistry. After moving to Perth with her family in 2009, Hazel attained her Doctorate in Plant Biology at the University of Western Australia. As a Research Officer at the School of Earth and Environment in UWA, Hazel applied her molecular knowledge to explore the biological, physical and chemical constraints to soil carbon storage. In 2018, Hazel moved to Far North Queensland to join the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries as a soil ecologist based at South Johnstone.