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Staff profiles

Chad Reynolds
Development Officer

I work in the soil projects such as non-wetting soils and soil acidity. This involves carrying out field work to look at best methods to improve soil in order to increase grain production. Also involved in the eConnected...

Chengdao Li
Principal Research Officer

I am the Director of the Western Barley Genetics Alliance which is a partnership between DPIRD and Murdoch University to collaborate and co-invest in areas of barley genetics research. I am a leading researcher on barley...

chris gazey
Senior Research Officer

In 2017 I took on the Soil Productivity portfolio manager role. This position oversees soil management related projects in the Grains Research and Development Transition directorate and contributes to the strategic...

Christiaan Valentine
Development Officer

I am developing new and novel insect and disease traps.  Smart traps are being erected in the grainbelt as part of a research project to develop remote surveillance technology to improve crop pest and disease management...

Christine Zaicou-Kunesch
Research Officer

I lead the ‘Tactical wheat agronomy for the west’ project which is focussed on profitable production of a commodity important as a food source across the world. We work with industry to:

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Chris McMullan
Technical Officer

I work in the grains genetic improvement program on the project Effective genetic control of stagonospora nodorum (SNB) blotch in wheat crops. This five year project has a series for field trials at Katanning and Northam...

Ciara Beard
Research Officer

I am a plant pathologist based in the Geraldton Port Zone. My role involves conducting research in the field and laboratory to improve our understanding of how disease contraints effect the yield and quality of broad...

Senior Research Officer and Manager

I am Manager of the Mosaic Agriculture component of DPIRD’s Northern Beef Futures project, funded by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program.

Mosaic Agriculture seeks to enhance the value of the...

Courtney Draper
Manager - Asian Market Success Royalties for Region project

I have the exciting role of managing the department’s three year, $6 million, Asian Market Success project funded by the Royalties for Regions program. The project will...

Dale Varnavas
Client Engagement Advisor

I am the communications advisor responsible for communication and marketing activities within the Research Development and Innovation directorate of the department.  I work closely with DPIRD scientists and research...

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