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Prof Darren Kriticos

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Senior Principal Research Scientist


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Dr. Darren Kriticos is a Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO, working in Health & Biosecurity and Agriculture Business Units, and is an Honorary Professor at the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Queensland. Darren is an ecologist whose research is centred on developing and applying ecological models to study invasion biology and pest management under current and future climates. His broad interests span a range of applied ecological questions in fields as diverse as biosecurity, climate adaptation, food security and food safety. Darren believes strongly in the value of developing and applying generic solutions to solving ecological modelling problems. This is reflected in his efforts to develop CLIMEX and DYMEX Version 4, and the collaborative CliMond climate data repository for bioclimatic modellers. His present efforts are focused on developing real-time pest forecasting systems to enable the agricultural sector to better manage pests, weeds and diseases.

Other Interests

Darren was a founding member of the International Pest Risk Research Group (formerly IPRMW, This group of researchers strives to undertake and share research to improve pest risk methods. Darren is passionate about this group, and has attended every one of the annual meetings, albeit one by teleconference. He laid the foundations for the group's current website, and along with Frank Koch, maintains it. Darren continues to serve on the executive committee as Chairperson. In 2021 he was awarded the IPRRG Medal for research excellence, and appointed as an IPRRG Fellow.

Darren devotes a great deal of his energy to the scouting movement, leading Les Explorateurs Scout Group ( This group is unique, delivering the Scouts Australia programme en francais. Most weekends you will find him helping with youth development - abseiling, bushwalking, camping, canoeing, caving, sailing, etc.

Current Roles

  • Team Leader
    Risk and Preparedness

  • Project Leader
    CLIMEX and DYMEX development

  • Project Leader
    Real-time Pest Alert System

  • Project Leader
    Pest Risk Modelling - University of Minnesota

Academic Qualifications

  • 2001

    University of Queensland

  • 2018

    Dip. Leadership and Management
    Scouts Australia Institute of Training

  • 1991

    M. Env. St.
    University of Adelaide

  • 1986

    Griffith University

Professional Experiences

  • 2007-2020

    Principal Research Scientist

  • 2005-2007

    Principal Research Scientist
    Ensis/CSIRO Forestry

  • 2003-2005

    Senior Research Scientist
    NZ Forest Research

  • 1991-2003

    Post-doctoral Fellow
    CSIRO Entomology

  • 1991-1999

    Research Officer
    Queensland Government

Achievements and Awards

  • 2014-2014

    Chairman's Medal

  • 2012-2012

    Divisional Award - CliMond Team

  • 2012-2012

    Divisional Award - Myrtle Rust Team

  • 2017-2017

    Meritorious Service Award
    Scouts Australia

  • 2012-2012

    Special Service Award
    Scouts Australia

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2009-Present

    Associate Editor Methods in Ecology & Evolution

  • 2017-Present

    Chairperson, International Pest Risk Research Group

  • 2012-Present

    Associate Editor PLoS ONE

  • 2017-Present

    Associate Editor Bulletin of Entomological Research

  • 2012-Present

    Associate Editor Neobiota

  • 2012-Present

    Associate Editor Invasive Plant Species and Management

  • 2011-Present

    Group Leader, Les Explorateurs Scout Group

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