Young agronomists recognised
GroundCover™ Issue: 132 January–February 2018
New South Wales Department of Primary Industries research agronomist Dr Felicity Harris and Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) senior research fellow Dr Matthew Harrison were recently named 2017 Young Agronomists of the Year at the 18th Australian Agronomy Conference 2017, in Ballarat, Victoria.
The award recognises agronomists aged 36 or under for their record of publications, supervision of PhD candidates, research funding, service to the industry and research impact.
Dr Chris Korte, former president of the Australian Society of Agronomy, said Dr Harris received her award for demonstrated scientific leadership in cereal physiology within NSW DPI and partner scientific organisations, plus her communication and active engagement with grain growers and their advisers.
“Dr Harris has communicated research results that are valued and useful to growers and advisers at a number of GRDC crop updates and she has published two papers in refereed journals and 11 papers for conferences and updates,” he said.
Dr Korte said Dr Harrison received his award in recognition of an outstanding scientific research and publication record.
During the past five years at TIA, Dr Harrison has worked on systems modelling research across crop genetics, climate science, soil microbiology, plant physiology and livestock production. Before that, he completed postdoctoral fellowships at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, in Montpellier, France, and at CSIRO in Canberra, as well as working as a research scientist at other institutions in Australia and overseas.
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