Dr Brent Henderson

Group Leader: Agri-Environmental Analytics

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Brent Henderson is a Group Leader in the Analytics Programme of CSIRO Data 61. The research group (Agri-Environmental Analytics) works at the interface of statistical science, risk analysis and environmental and agricultural challenges facing Australia. Brent has had similar roles in the predecessors to this Group since 2008.

Brent has a background in statistical science and has been working as an agri-environmental statistician within CSIRO for over 15 years. He has a broad interest in spatio-temporal modelling, monitoring and survey design, reconciling data with modelled observations, multivariate analysis, risk analysis and cumulative impact analysis.

Some of his current projects include:

  • CSIRO Science Director of Bioregional Assessments (http://www.bioregionalassessments.gov.au ) which are delivering science based assessments of the direct, indirect and cumulative impacts and risks of coal mining and coal seam gas on water resources and water related assets; including ecological, economic and sociocultural assets. Bioregional Assessments are a major initiative across CSIRO, Geoscience Australia and the Bureau of Meteorology.

  • Leading work in the area of on-farm experimentation through the Digiscape future science platform within CSIRO. The broad challenge in this area is help ensure that the explosion of digital data in agriculture is actively used in farmer-led decision making through a much stronger focus and coupling of the design and analysis.

  • Undertaking a risk assessment for potential release of a carp virus in Australian waters to suppress the carp population, which make up over 80% of the biomass in some locations and are linked to other environmental impacts