Dr Neil McKenzie: helping to shape public policy on land resource management
Formerly Chief of CSIRO Land and Water, Neil McKenzie is actively involved in shaping public policy on scientific aspects of land resource management.
2 August 2011 | Updated 21 May 2013
Dr Neil McKenzie is actively involved in shaping public policy on scientific aspects of land resource management in Australia.
He is also playing a significant role internationally in establishing a global soil information system and ensuring more informed responses to food security, carbon dynamics and environmental management more generally.
Dr McKenzie joined CSIRO in 1987 and has 28 years of research experience the land and water sciences.
He was Chief of CSIRO Land and Water from 2007 to 2012.
Prior to taking on the role of Chief, his research focused on quantitative methods for mapping soil and land resources.
His team was responsible for several national standards on measurement, monitoring and survey.
Dr McKenzie is co-leader of a joint French-Australian partnership with African agencies on food security.
Dr McKenzie has been awarded a:
Bachelor of Natural Resources from the University of New England in 1980
Master of Natural Resources from the University of New England in 1983
Doctor of Philosophy, from the University of New England in 1987 (jointly with CSIRO).
Dr McKenzie's achievements include leading the team responsible for publication of the highly acclaimed Australian soils and landscapes: an illustrated compendium and the Guidelines for surveying soil and land resources.
His team also produced the Australian Soil Resource Information System (ASRIS).
ASRIS is a comprehensive online system for soil and land resource information across Australia.
Dr McKenzie is actively involved in shaping public policy through his membership of scientific and technical committees, particularly the National Committee on Soil and Terrain.
He chaired the Working Group on Digital Soil Mapping for the International Union of Soil Science from 2006 to 2010.
He leads CSIRO's involvement in the forthcoming global soil information system and is the Executive Director of the international consortium responsible for the project.
Dr McKenzie is also co-leader of a joint French-Australian partnership with African agencies on food security.
The specific focus of this AusAid funded collaboration is to identify pathways to food security for national governments and regional institutions in West Africa.
Dr McKenzie will be based in Montpellier, France, from August 2012 onwards.
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