I have a broad background in agriculture, having worked in a number of countries, on different crops and research fields. Consequently, I take a systems approach in my research that considers the soil, plants, atmosphere and management systems. My main focus is on conservation agriculture (no-tillage) and I am currently working with the Western Australian No-Tillage Farmers Association (WANTFA) and CSIRO on a long term no-tillage cropping systems project.
We are looking at the long term effect of different crop rotations and crop residue management on the soil as well as diseases, insects, weeds and crop water use, production and economics. I also have an interest in precision agriculture and remote sensing as tools to map and make management decisions from the measured variability in the paddock. I am also passionate about agricultural education and my aim is to find the perfect balance between the theoretical and practical aspects of my teaching at UWA.