Andrea Hills
Research Scientist
Andrea Hills

My role in the department

As a Research Scientist for the cereal, pulse and oilseed Integrated Disease Management pathology project, Andrea runs a regional trial program that addresses state and regional disease issues, including collaborative work with universities, industry and interstate colleagues. Andrea represents WA on the eXtensionAUS leadership team panel for Fieldcrop Diseases. Communication and extension of research to colleagues and growers is an important aspect of her role at DPIRD and she regularly speaks with growers and industry informally and via Research Updates, radio, written articles and field walks.

Contact information

+61 (0)8 9083 1144

My background

Andrea’s experience combines a background in barley agronomy research and farming systems extension and communication. Having first started as a development officer in DPIRD, she gained important communication and extension skills while working across the full suite of issues relevant to WA’s dryland farming systems. As a barley agronomy research officer, Andrea ran a field trial program designed to provide the WA malting industry and growers with the skills and knowledge to confidently adopt new varieties and management practices.


  • Integrated disease management GRDC funded project - DAW01907-001RTX

Key Expertise

Cereal and canola pathology, foliar disease, rhizoctonia, grains research, crop agronomy, barley, communication


  • BSc (Agriculture), University of Western Australia