Our People

Meet Agriculture and Food's science and business leaders.

  • Dr John Manners

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    Director CSIRO Agriculture · Agriculture & Food

    Dr John Manners, Director of CSIRO Agriculture & Food, has an interest in researching sub-tropical crops, including sugar, in northern Australia.

    Dr John Manners
  • Dr Michael Robertson

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    Science Director · Agriculture & Food

    Dr Michael Robertson draws on his background in agronomy, broadacre farming systems and management to help lead CSIRO Agriculture & Food as Deputy Science Director.

    • Phone:
      • +61 8 9333 6461
      • +61 417 721 510 (Mobile)
    Dr Michael Robertson
  • Dr Martin Cole

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    Agriculture & Food

    Prof Martin Cole is Deputy Director, Science, of Agriculture and Food. Prof Cole is an internationally recognised food scientist and accomplished science leader.

    Dr Martin Cole
  • Dr Graham Bonnett

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    Agriculture & Food

    Dr Graham Bonnett is leading a program of research aimed at improving agricultural productivity whilst ensuring environmental health.

    Dr Graham Bonnett
  • Dr Mat Cook

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    Research Director · Agriculture & Food

    Dr Mat Cook leads the integrated sustainable aquaculture production research program. Focused on farmed finfish, crustaceans and molluscs, their research improves food production from aquaculture species through integrated studies of genetics, physiology, health, aquafeeds, environments and food science.

    • Phone:
      • +61 7 3214 2317
    Dr Mat Cook
  • Dr Chris Downs

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    Research Director, Food Program · Agriculture & Food

    Chris Downs is an innovation system specialist with experience across the agriculture, food, seafood and biomaterials sectors.

    • Phone:
      • +61 7 3214 2018 (Alternative)
    Dr Chris Downs
  • Dr Drewe Ferguson

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    Research Director · Agriculture & Food

    Dr Drewe Ferguson is an animal scientist with a background in meat science and stress physiology who is working to improve the welfare of cattle and sheep. He currently leads the productive and adaptive livestock systems program in CSIRO Agriculture & Food.

    Dr Drewe Ferguson
  • Mr Mike Grundy

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    Research Director · Agriculture & Food

    Mr Mike Grundy is leading CSIRO’s research into sustaining agriculture soils and landscapes.

    Mr Mike Grundy
  • Dr Lynne McIntyre

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    Research Director · Agriculture & Food

    Dr Lynne McIntyre specialises in molecular genetics of wheat and sugarcane, with particular emphasis on the application of molecular markers to wheat and sugarcane plant breeding programs. She leads the breeding high value crops program in Agriculture & Food.

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  • Dr Mark Peoples

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    Agriculture & Food

    Dr Mark Peoples leads research in crop improvement for novel plant products. He has particular research interests in farming methods to manage nitrogen and water, subsoil constraints, soil biology and lucerne.

    • Phone:
      • +61 2 6246 5447
    Dr Mark Peoples
  • Prof Steve Swain

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    Research Director · Agriculture & Food

    Prof Steve Swain leads the breakthrough genetic technologies for crop productivity program within CSIRO Agriculture and Food.

    • Phone:
      • +61 2 6246 4813
      • +61 428 390 618 (Mobile)
    Prof Steve Swain
  • Dr Daniel Walker

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    Research Director · Agriculture & Food

    Dr Daniel Walker applies his expertise in integration science directing the agriculture and global change research program in CSIRO Agriculture & Food.

    • Phone:
      • +61 2 6246 4512
      • +61 408 705 371 (Mobile)
    Dr Daniel Walker
  • Mr Lionel Henderson

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    Director, Business Development and Commercial, CSIRO Agriculture · Commercial & Governance

    • Phone:
      • +61 2 6246 5224
      • +61 417 246 360 (Mobile)
    Mr Lionel Henderson

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