Dr Michael Battaglia

Research Director Agriculture And Global Change

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Diverse professional background in conservation management, forestry management, academia and research leadership.
Career Highlights:
• Creation, from fragmented elements, within CSIRO of coherent and internationally significant multi-disciplinary capability in Greenhouse Gas Mitigation that grew to a $15M portfolio of projects with trusted advisor role in government within 3 years.
CEO of FutureFeed, a company that will bring to market an amazing livestock seaweed feed supplement that will virtually eliminate methane production and increase animal productivity
Helping drive CSIROs innovation agenda by supporting cultural change and innovation programs internally and engaging with our external partners of Agri-Innovation
• Being part of the leadership team for the Sustainable Agriculture Flagship and growing its revenue and impact through strategic positioning and building an impact culture within the organisation.
• Being part of the leadership for two successful CRC bids in the forestry area and serving as Program Manger
• Implementation of Impact planning process into the Sustainable Agriculture Flagship that was recognised as word leading in external review
• As a scientist 1) leading the first national forest plantation Climate Change vulnerability assessment for Australia, 2) the first national assessment of agricultural mitigation potential.
• Creating a mechanism for international science exchange in Forests and Climate change research resulting in more than 40 staff exchanges totalling over 3 person years of exchange between France, Portugal, UK, Australia and New Zealand.
• Fostering and mentoring international research and researchers globally in forest science recognised by IUFRO Science Achievement award.

1995 - Present – CSIRO Australia
2017- current Research Director
2014-2017 Group Leader Climate Smart Agriculture
2013-2014 Deputy Director, Sustainable Agriculture Flagship
2009-2013 Theme Leader Greenhouse Gas abatement and carbon storage in Australian Landuse systems and member of Sustainable Agriculture Flagship Executive: lead CSIRO’s work in agricultural greenhouse gas mitigation and rural carbon storage
2008-2009 Theme Leader 1171 Sustaining Australia’s Forest Ecosystem Resources: lead CSIRO science in forest production and environmental services, including CSIRO’s forest genetics and forestry for development work
2006-2008 Theme Leader 1073 Forest Fibre Production Systems, member of Division of Forest Biosciences Leadership team
2005-2008 Program Manager CRC Forestry, Program 1 Managing and Monitoring and member of the CRC Forestry Management Committee
2005-2006 Stream Leader Planning and Production Systems in Forest Benefits theme
2003-2005 Theme Leader Precision Plantation Solutions, this role was different than the current Theme leader role and combined science strategy and people management
1995-2003 Research Scientist
1993 - 1995 – University of Tasmania
1994-1995 Australian Research Council Post-doctoral Research Fellow
1993-1994 Post-doctoral Research Fellow
1987 - 1992 – Forest Commission Tasmania

• Independent Advisor CRP Dryland Grains and Legumes
• Management committee for CSIRO-TIA postgraduate program in Systems Agriculture
• Steering Committee for Warra Long Term Ecological Research Site
• Steering Committee for National Livestock Methane Cluster 2012-present
• Steering Committee National Nitrous Oxide Programme 2012-2014
• Steering Committee Primary Industry Standing Committee, Climate Change Research Strategy for Primary Industries
• Member of General Assembly of TRANZFOR consortia: climate change and forests, consortia between France, United Kingdom, Portugal, New Zealand and Australia. This is an international cooperation under the Madam Curie Fund to mobilise international cooperation of the pressing needs for adaptation actions in the area of climate change and forestry 2008-2013
• Program Manager and Management committee member of CRC Forestry 2003-2008.

Other Interests

Rockclimbing, mountain biking, running, bushwalking, reading, being a dad and following the comical efforts of the Richmond AFL side

Academic Qualifications

  • 2007

    Auckland University, Business school 'Excelerator' Leadership Programme

  • 2009

    Certificate in Executive Management and Development, Australian Graduate School of Management, University New South Wales

  • 1994

    PhD University of Tasmania

  • 1984

    Bachelor of Forest Science (First class honours) University Melbourne


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