Agronomy; plant breeding; genetics.
What I do
I teach mainly in the crop science area with emphasis on crop agronomy. I also teach soil science. I am active in research on the effect of tillage and machinery traffic on soil organisms and crop production. I am also active in researching guayule for increased productivity and direct seeding and mulberries for improved leaf production for sericulture. I am the Academic Adviser for agronomy students at the certificate, diploma and degree (3 year) levels and help with advice on course selection, course credits and program completion. I am also actively involved on the Teaching and Learning Quality Committee within the School.
I have been teaching at The University of Queensland Gatton since 1994. Prior to that, I was a plant breeder/geneticist with the Queensland Department of Primary Industries (QDPI) based at the Hermitage Research Station near Warwick. My breeding activities concentrated mainly on sunflower and to a minor extent on peanuts. While working at Hermitage, I completed a Masters degree externally from The University of Queensland. I took study leave from QDPI to undertake a PhD in genetics from the University of California at Davis. At UQ Gatton, I have taught at all levels of undergraduate and postgraduate programs. I have taught courses in biometrics, soil science, meteorology, and crop sciences.