Dr Peter Carberry.

Dr Peter Carberry, Chief Research Scientist.

Dr Peter Carberry FAIAST, FTSE: Theme Leader, Sustainable Agriculture Flagship

Dr Peter Carberry leads the Theme in the Sustainable Agriculture Flagship responsible for research for development in international agriculture.

  • 23 May 2007 | Updated 7 March 2014

In this article

  1. Overview
  2. Publishing History


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Current activities

This agricultural sustainability research, led by Dr Peter Carberry, with international and Australian communities aims to increase the capacity of participants and identify pathways to develop and improve sustainable livelihoods.


Dr Carberry joined CSIRO in 1986 as a crop physiologist and modeller with CSIRO Tropical Crops and Pastures working in Townsville, North Queensland and Katherine in the north of Western Australia.

“Proactive grower groups in rural Australia have the potential to significantly benefit agricultural research and its on-ground delivery”

Dr Peter Carberry, CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems

Prior to his current appointment, Dr Carberry led the CSIRO team within the Agricultural Production Systems Research Unit (APSRU), a joint venture between:

  • the Queensland State Government
  • the University of Queensland.

In 1991 he relocated to Toowoomba in southern Queensland when APSRU was formed and has led CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems' involvement in APSRU since 1996.

He has been a key driver of the Agricultural Production Systems SIMulator (APSIM) modelling framework and has also been involved in soil fertility and farming systems research in south Asia and Africa.

Dr Carberry's research focus has been aimed at lifting the performance and sustainability of Australian agriculture in the face of economic imperatives and environmental expectations being defined by industry, communities, markets and governments. 

His research expertise is in crop physiology and the development and application of farming systems simulation models.

Dr Carberry's recent research focused on increasing the participation of farmers and advisors in scientific research and working with proactive farmer groups to improve the relevance of science and the rigour of on-farm research.

Academic qualifications

Dr Carberry completed his Bachelor of Agricultural Science from the University of Sydney, Australia, in 1982, with a thesis on the use of computers for optimising farm planning.

In 1987 he was awarded his Doctor of Philosophy, also from the University of Sydney, for his research on the development and construction of a simulation model for the growth of pearl millet.

Dr Carberry's doctoral research included field studies with the International Crops Research Institute for the semi-arid Tropics in Hyderabad, India in the 1980s.

In 2004 he graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors course.


In 2006, Dr Carberry was awarded a Fellowship from the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology (AIAST), where he has also been a Director since 2006 and a past President of the Southern Queensland Branch, 1997-2000.

In 2012, Dr Carberry was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

In 2012 he was awarded the medal of Officier de l’Ordre National du Burkina Faso from the Government of Burkina Faso.

In 2013, Dr Carberry was awarded the Australian Medal of Agricultural Science from Ag Institute Australia.

Dr Carberry has been invited to speak at over 20 national and international conferences and has published more than 120 international journal articles and book chapters and over 100 conference papers.

Read more about CSIRO's research in Farming & Food.