I am a crop and pasture agronomist with a background in ecology and management of perennial weeds in pastures. My current research involves assessing agronomy and plant phenology for emerging cropping industries in northern Australia with a focus on spice and pulse crops. I have worked on a number of research and consultancy projects utilising remote sensing, GIS and agri-tech to monitor the impacts of mining on agricultural and natural environments. I enjoy engaging with, and teaching the next generation of agricultural professionals and working with industry to solve problems to improve production opportunities and sustainability. I maintain a network of collaborators across the USA and have hosted student exchanges, provided lectures to students and staff and coordinate academic exchanges with a number of universities including The Ohio State, New Mexico State, Kansas State and Oklahoma State.
I studied my undergraduate degree at The University of Sydney in a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a major in agronomy. I worked with the CRC for Sustainable Rice Production in the Riverina region of NSW where I completed a research scholarship and my Honours thesis. I continued my study at the University of New England where I completed a PhD in the ecology and management of a perennial pasture weed, whilst honing my skills in precision agricultural techniques and invasive species population modelling. After completion of my PhD, I continued to work at UNE on a two year postdoctoral program where I assessed the impacts of longwall mining on agricultural environments using remote sensing and GIS. During this time I delivered undergraduate teaching units in the Agronomy and Soil Science and Geography and Planning Departments. After completion of my postdoctoral fellowship, I left UNE to open an office of Ecological Australia (ELA) in Armidale, NSW where I worked as a Senior Consultant. During this time I worked broadly with ELA across Australia and with our small team in Armidale to secure and deliver consultancy projects and research grants in mining, agricultural and environmental monitoring and assessment. During a career break taken to raise my two sons I worked as an executive on the Board of Management for a not-for-profit educational organisation where I developed sound skills in business and workforce management. In 2017 I returned to academia at CQUniversity to continue my career in research and teaching.
The University of Sydney.
The University of New England.
The University of New England.
University of New England
ENVE335 Remote Sensing
GEPL122 Site and Landscape Assessment
PA335/535 Precision Agriculture
AGSY300 Grazing Systems
AGRO211 Crop and Pasture Ecology
AGRO321 Crop and Pasture Production
EM334 Introduction to GIS
AGRI12002 Crop Protection
AGRI11002 Crop Management Systems
AGRI11002 Plant Science and Crop Production
AGRI12012 Agricultural Service Industry Business Assessment
The Ohio State University
Guest lecture at the ATI (Bachelor of Agriculture - Agronomy and Agricultural Machinery Unit)
I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:
At the level of Principal Supervisor
Crop and Pasture Production - Agronomy