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Dr Jens Froese

Research Scientist (Team Leader)


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GPO BOX 2583


Jens is a Geographer and Landscape Ecologist with research expertise in biosecurity and biological invasions, data integration, spatial analysis, risk modelling and structured expert elicitation. He is currently the Team Leader of the Adaptive Biosecurity Management Team, where he develops methods, workflows and digital tools to enable adaptive management of biosecurity threats for improved outcomes. Jens is motivated by doing research with impact that is relevant to policy makers and on-ground land managers.

Jens' research approach is integrative, drawing on 15 years of diverse experiences in the biosecurity sector across institutions (government, university and CSIRO) and functions (invasive plants and animals, plant biosecurity and animal biosecurity). Before joining CSIRO, he has worked for Biosecurity Queensland in research- and policy-related capacities, completed a joint PhD at The University of Queensland and CSIRO, and was a Research Associate at the Queensland University of Technology. At CSIRO, he has led and delivered research projects in partnership with government, industry or community stakeholders at all levels (local, state and national).

Jens currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Panel of the National Feral Pig Action Plan (NFPAP) and the Biosecurity Commons Expert Panel.

Other Interests

Travelling and enjoying nature, rock climbing, bike riding, gardening, tennis

Current Roles

  • Team leader
    Adaptive Biosecurity Management team, Biosecurity program

  • Project leader
    ABARES/CSIRO collaboration: inferring the distribution of invasive alien species in Australia from disparate data sources

  • Project leader
    Feral pig modelling for disease preparedness and response in Queensland

  • Technical lead
    Developing an invasive species indicator for the NSW Biodiversity Indicator Program

  • Project team member
    Phytosanitary systems approach research

  • Project team member
    Trusted Agrifoods Exports Mission market access work package

Academic Qualifications

  • 2017

    Doctor of Philosophy
    The University of Queensland

  • 2011

    Certificate IV in Business
    Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE, South Brisbane

  • 2006

    Master of Arts (‘Magister Artium’)
    Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (University of Freiburg), Germany

Professional Experiences

  • 2020-Present

    Research Scientist

  • 2018-2020

    Postdoctoral Fellow

  • 2017-2017

    Research Associate
    Queensland University of Technology

  • 2013-2017

    RHD Candidate
    The University of Queensland | CSIRO

  • 2008-2012

    Biosecurity Analyst, Project Officer
    Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (Queensland)

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