Dr Peter Stone.

Dr Peter Stone, Research Program Director, CSIRO Land and Water Flagship.

Dr Peter Stone: developing and managing science partnerships that tackle major land use issues

Dr Peter Stone is Research Director of Landscape Intensification program in the CSIRO Land and Water Flagship. His work history includes farm management, food industry consulting, grain marketing and agricultural research.

  • 7 September 2009 | Updated 28 July 2014

In this article

  1. Overview
  2. Publishing History


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For much of the last 15 years, his research has focused on the use of contested land-based resources, seeking to understand the intersection of a range of scientific, community and industry perspectives.

Current activities

In addition to contributing to the general management of CSIRO Land and Water Flagship, Peter also undertakes special projects.

  • Peter is the Director of GISERA, the Gas Industry Social and Environmental Research Alliance. GISERA is a vehicle initiated by Australia Pacific LNG and CSIRO to foster collaborative public good research into the social and environmental challenges and opportunities associated with Australia’s growing gas industry.

    Its research focuses on five main topics: surface and groundwater; agricultural land management; social and economic issues; terrestrial biodiversity and the marine environment.

    Further information can be found on the GISERA web site [external link].

  • In support of the Prime Minister’s Northern Australia Land and Water Taskforce, he led a comprehensive review of northern Australian land and water science.

    Over eighty of Australia’s leading scientists contributed to the Northern Australia Land and Water Science Review 2009 [external link], which represents the most comprehensive and thorough review undertaken of conventional science and knowledge of northern Australian land and water.

    The report continues to inform policy and action concerning the development of the north.

Peter’s interest in the north continues through his involvement in a range of projects that seek to understand the use of land and water resources for a range of purposes, such as conservation, cultural heritage and industry and regional development.


Dr Peter Stone’s involvement in agriculture ranges in scale from molecular through to landscape, in Australia and abroad.

Having studied agricultural sciences he earned an Honours degree, Masters and Doctorate and since then has been involved in farm management in dairy, beef and cropping.

He has also worked as a crop agronomist, gained industry experience through working for the Australian Wheat Board and has spent time in academia at the University of Melbourne.

In his years with CSIRO, Dr Stone has worked on precision agriculture as well as the use of contested land based resources.

Academic qualifications

Dr Stone holds the following qualifications, all from the University of Melbourne, Australia:

  • Bachelor of Agricultural Science with Honours, 1988
  • Masters of Agricultural Science, 1991
  • Doctor of Philosophy, 1996.

Achievements and impacts

Peter’s research draws on a wide range of skills, and is designed to respond to and inform policy, industry and community needs, usually in rural and regional settings.

End-user engagement is a critical part of this work, and Peter is often called upon to address industry, science and community forums and to provide advice to research, industry and policy makers, and to respond to media requests for information.

Peter’s agricultural research has helped to improve industry products and processes, both on-farm and beyond the farm gate.

His achievements have been recognised by a number of academic, science and industry awards.

Scientific and Professional Appointments

Peter serves on a number of community, industry and research bodies in Australia and overseas, including:

  • AgResearch Ltd Board
  • National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture Board
  • Tropical Landscapes Joint Venture Board
  • Foundation for Arable Research Scientific Advisory Committee
  • North Queensland Irrigated Agriculture Strategy Steering Committee.

Find out more about the Land and Water Flagship.