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CSIRO 2010 Fellow Award

The CSIRO Fellow award is appointed to exceptional scientists who have displayed eminence in a significant field of science or engineering. Read about the accomplishments of our latest CSIRO Fellow recipients.

  • 12 October 2010 | Updated 14 October 2011

Dr Jeremy J Burdon

Dr Jeremy Burdon received this designation for his internationally renowned research that has lead to an understanding of the co-evolution of plants and their pathogens through integrated analysis of agricultural and natural ecosystems.

Dr Jeremy Burdon pioneered co-evolutionary studies of how pathogens and their plant hosts interact.

Dr Jeremy Burdon has pioneered co-evolutionary studies of how pathogens and their plant hosts interact.

His research, underpinned by authorship of a landmark monograph, has involved a multidisciplinary approach that has drawn on pathology, ecology and genetics to generate a better understanding of the effect of pathogens in plant communities.

Combining empirical and theoretical approaches, Dr Burdon has made key contributions to understanding the complexities of gene-for-gene co-evolution in plants and pathogens, spatial and temporal patterns in disease resistance and virulence, and the effects of drift, migration, and recombination on pathogen populations.

His work has major implications for the role of pathogens in plant populations and plant community dynamics, the conservation of plant genetic resources, weed management and disease control in agriculture.

The importance of Dr Burdon’s work has been recognised through numerous awards including Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Science (1996), the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (2004), the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (2009), and through an honorary Doctorate from Umeå University, Sweden (1996).

Find out more about Dr Jeremy Burdon: Chief, CSIRO Plant Industry.

Dr John A Church

Dr John Church received this designation for his internationally renowned research that has resulted in improved estimates of 20th century sea-level variability and rise and ocean warming, and improved understanding of the factors contributing to sea-level variability and rise.

Dr John Church's estimate of sea level since 1870 is the international standard.

Dr Church is a leader of national and international efforts to understand the role of the ocean in climate and climate change.

He developed a quantitative assessment of the rate of change in sea-level rise, including detection of an increase in the rate of rise.

His estimate of sea level since 1870 is the international standard and is used by research groups around the world.

Dr Church’s results convincingly showed that since 1990 sea level has been rising at the upper end of projections.

Dr Church has made major contributions to documenting upper-ocean warming and changes in ocean water mass properties and he identified the impact of volcanic eruptions on the oceans.

He has made significant contributions to national and international leadership, planning and coordination of climate science for over 20 years and is a leading communicator of climate science to policy makers and the public.

Learn more about Dr John Church's award-winning climate change research (Video).

Dr Frank de Hoog

Dr Frank de Hoog received this designation for his achievements that have resulted in major impact on key processes in manufacturing and mining, and for seminal contributions to applied and computational mathematics research.

Dr Frank de Hoog is an internationally recognised applied mathematician.

Dr de Hoog is an internationally recognised applied mathematician who has used mathematics to deliver significant insights that have had a major impact on the viability of key industrial processes in a range of industries, particularly in manufacturing and mining.

His work on fast and accurate computational algorithms is widely used by researchers and has been incorporated into a number of software packages.

In addition, he has made a seminal contribution to applied, computational and industrial mathematics through his original and innovative research, particularly in the numerical solution of integral transforms, differential and integral equations, linear algebra and industrial modelling.

He continues to make a distinguished contribution as a research leader through his technical work in applied mathematics, the development of new research areas and his mentoring of younger scientists.

Read about Dr Frank de Hoog: leading research in mathematics and statistics.

Dr Michael Raupach

Dr Michael Raupach received this designation for his significant contributions to earth system science at scales from local to global, achieved through his advancement of knowledge of the natural and human factors controlling atmospheric carbon dioxide, and the cycles of carbon, energy and water cycles in vegetation and landscapes.

Dr Raupach has made significant contributions to environmental physics and earth system science.

Dr Raupach has made significant contributions to environmental physics and earth system science at scales from local to global.

He has advanced knowledge of carbon-climate-human interactions, identifying the recent acceleration of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from human activities, and quantifying how emissions are outpacing the uptake of CO2 from the atmosphere by natural land and ocean sinks.

Dr Raupach’s work is a foundation for modern understanding of turbulent airflow in vegetation canopies, and the associated transfers of heat, water vapour, CO2 and trace gases between the vegetation and the overlying atmosphere.

He developed sound descriptions for the effect of vegetation and other kinds of shelter in reducing soil erosion by wind.

He also identified fundamental energy constraints on water balances in landscapes, accounting for spatial variations of surface type, and developed the first detailed water balance for Australian land surfaces over the last century and up to the present.

Read about Dr Michael Raupach: understanding continental and global environmental change.

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