Dr Graham Bonnett

Interim Leader Drought Resilience Mission

Contact details:

  • +61732142352
  • BIOSCIENCE PREC 306 CARMODY RD
    ST. LUCIA QLD 4067 AUSTRALIA

Biography

Graham was awarded both a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Agricultural Science (Crops), and a Doctor of Philosophy from The University of Leeds. His doctoral studies focused on the mobilisation of stem reserves in barley.

He then worked on improving the quality of annual pasture at the University of Melbourne before joining CSIRO in 1993. He has worked in Canberra, Townsville and since 2003 in Brisbane. In Queensland he worked on understanding the growth and development of sugarcane and improving sugarcane varieties before taking leadership roles.

In 2009 Graham was awarded the Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowship. He and his family spent five months at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), Panama where he successfully conducted a comparative study of a wild relative of sugarcane that is an invasive weed in Panama but is much less invasive in Australia.

Graham is a member of the Gene Technology Technical Advisory Committee (GTTAC) that advises on the release of genetically modified organisms for trials and commercial purposes. In 2013 he was appointed to the Independent Science Panel advising on the Reef Water Quality Protection Plan.

Currently he is the Interim Leader of the Drought Resilience Mission. The goal of which is to identify ways of reducing the impacts of drought on agriculture, communities and the environment.

Other Interests

Graham is a passionate park runner and regularly competes in triathlons and long distance walks.

Current Roles

  • Research Director
    Interim Leader of the Drought Resilience Mission

Academic Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science (Honours)
    University of Leeds

  • Doctor of Philosophy
    University of Leeds

Professional Experiences

  • Member
    Gene Technology Technical Advisory Committee (GTTAC)

  • 2013

    Appointee
    Independent Science Panel advising on the Reef Water Quality Protection Plan

Achievements and Awards

  • 2009

    Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowship
    Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

Publications

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