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Mr Steve Henry

Research Officer


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Steve’s research involves understanding mice in zero and no-till cropping systems and applying this knowledge to develop effective control strategies to reduce the negative impacts of mice in the grain production industry. The work comprises three parts: monitoring mouse populations to predict future mouse population outbreaks, improving baits to enhance bait effectiveness, and applying knowledge of the ecology of mice in current farming systems to develop more effective control strategies.

Steve works at the interface between science and the agricultural industry, he is well known for his communication to farmers, industry representatives and the general public.

Steve has worked for CSIRO for nearly 30 years and his previous research included several projects studying interactions between introduced predators and native prey species. He also worked on a project testing the viability of a fertility control agent for kangaroos.

Academic Qualifications

  • 1984

    Associate Diploma in Animal Production
    Hawkesbury Agricultural College (University of Western Sydney)

Professional Experiences

  • 1993-Current

    Research Officer

  • 1989-1993

    Farm Manager
    Glengyle Proprietors (Nulla Station)

  • 1985-1989

    Station Hand
    Glengyle Proprietors

Achievements and Awards

  • 2022-2022

    Seed of Light Award, “to an individual who has made a significant contribution to communicating the importance and relevance of research outcomes to the wider grains industry”

  • 2021-2021

    Trusted Advisor Award for “Outstanding communications during the mouse plague"

  • 2019-2020

    Excellence in Animal Research Ethics Award

  • 2018-2018

    Social Media Special Award for social media activity to engage and communicate research or other activities

  • 2017-2017

    Customer Satisfaction Award, influencing growers and the grains industry on mouse management

  • 2015-2015

    Safe Work Space Award, individual or team most active in creating the safest workspace that contributes to the HSE goal of striving for zero harm

  • 2009-2009

    CSIRO Medal for Health & Safety Achievement for online Fieldwork Register

  • 2008-2008

    Training growers to manage soil water, Divisional award for delivering significant changes in farmer thinking and management of dry land cropping systems

  • 2007-2007

    CSIRO Fieldwork Procedure, Divisional award for contributing to the revision of CSIRO’s Fieldwork Procedure

  • March 2000-May 2000

    Chief Executive Study Award, travelled to the Yukon Territory in Canada to participate in a large-scale wolf fertility control program


  • 2018-2024

    Mouse monitoring and surveillance, GRDC

  • 2022-2024

    NSW Mouse monitoring and research, NSW DPI

  • 2022-2025

    Improved rodent management, DAWE

  • 2018-2019

    Bait substrate trial, GRDC

  • 2018-2023

    Mouse ecology in zero and no-till cropping systems, GRDC

  • 2016-2016

    Best practice rodent control strategies for improved rodent management in piggeries, Australian Pork Limited