Associate Professor - School of Science and Technology; Precision Agriculture Research Group, University of New England
I have been involved in agricultural research for over 20 years through employments with the New South Wales and Queensland Departments of Primary Industries and more recently through an academic position at the University of New England. I am considered a leader in agricultural remote sensing, having attracted funding from a wide range of industries including Peanut (ACIAR, GRDC, University of Florida), Grains (GRDC), Cotton (CCCCRC), Sugar (SRA/SRDC, WWF/ Coca Cola), Rice (RIRDC/DPI), Avocados, Mangoes, Macadamia, Banana (Horticulture Innovation Aust/ Rural R&D for Profit), Vegetables (Horticulture Innovation Aust.), Pineapples (QDAF) and Pastures (CRC-SI/ MLA). I have established an Agricultural Remote Sensing Team (ARST) within the University of New England’s Precision Agricultural Research Group (PARG) and was recently awarded the ‘Poggendorff Lecture’ medal from the Royal Society of New South Wales for my contribution to agriculture in the field of remote sensing.
I have a strong passion for agriculture, not only in terms of delivering strong research, but also to ensure outcomes are of industry relevance. I am strong believer of industry engagement from project inception through to the delivery of practical and adoptable outcomes. This engagement ensures the research is wanted, addresses an industry issue and as such worthy of receiving industry funds. I am also a strong believer of collaboration and the need to engage multidisciplinary teams with the skills, knowledge and proven track record for delivering solid research outcomes. I have demonstrated this willingness to establish collaborative teams throughout my career and more recently through the development of the successful $7.2 million dollar Rural R&D for profit (horticulture tree crops) project that encompasses 4 universities, two government agencies, consultants, growers and commercial providers of relevant technologies.