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Dr Dave Henry

Chief Research Scientist


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Dr David Henry is a Chief Research Scientist at CSIRO based in Melbourne. He currently leads the Climate Smart Agriculture Group within the Agriculture & Food Business Unit. The Group is approximately 17 staff geographically spread across 5 states/capital cities and has an innovative focus on Climate Adaptation, and Sustainability Assessment and Metrics.

He has also been instrumental in leading the Digital Agriculture initiative for the past 5 years, including the development of the Digital Ag strategy, leadership of the Digi Ag Strategic Investment Portfolio, science innovation bringing together digital and domain knowhow, and has played a pivotal role in communications, science innovation and commercialisation initiatives.

His personal research interests have spanned pasture agronomy, animal nutrition and grazing systems, the application of proximal and remote sensing, livestock monitoring and control (virtual fencing), and how to capture value from new digital technologies such as sensors, the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence. He is currently very active in how to translate climate variability and climate change data into useful and actionable insights for both public and private use-cases.

His experience has taken him across the dairy, beef, sheep, broadacre cropping and mixed farming systems, and his work has National reach and global significance.

Current Roles

  • Chief Research Scientist
    Digital Agriculture Strategic Growth Area

  • Group Leader
    Climate Smart Agriculture

  • Project Leader
    AgData Shop

  • Project Leader
    Ag Digital Twin - Microsoft & Agronomeye

Academic Qualifications

  • 1991

    Bachelor Agricultural Science
    University of Melbourne

  • 1995

    University of Melbourne

Professional Experiences

  • 2016-2017

    Precision Dairy Industry Reference Group
    Dairy Australia

  • 2017-2018

    Precision Dairy Industry Community of Interest
    Dairy Australia

  • 2010-2011

    Dairy Moving Forward (Dairy Industry’s response to the Primary Industries Ministerial Council (PIMC) initiative to develop a National R, D & E framework)
    Dairy Australia

  • 2009-2011

    Dairy Industry Forage Development Working Group
    Dairy Australia

  • 2007-2007

    Global Earth Observing System of Systems (GEOSS).

  • 2006-2007

    Chair of the Australian Fodder Industry Association Quality Evaluation Committee

  • 2012-2012

    Expert Panel on Research Opportunities
    Australian Wool Innovation

  • 2006-2008

    Adjunct senior lectureship position
    University of Western Australia

Achievements and Awards

  • 2019-2019

    CSIRO Entrepreneurship Award

  • 2006-2007

    Smart 100, Top 10 in Agriculture & Environment


  • 2000-2018

    Public & Private grants received totalling almost $6.9M

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