Dr Rob Kinley

Livestock Systems Scientist

Contact details:

  • +61747538616


Dr. Rob Kinley was an Agricultural Chemistry Analytical Technologist specialising in food and animal feed and an Analytical Chemist holding a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Chemistry and BSc in Soil Science from Dalhousie University in Canada. He was awarded his Masters of Science degree from Dalhousie University with a focus on Environmental Science in Agriculture and Water Quality. Dalhousie University also awarded his Doctor of Philosophy with a focus on Animal Nutrition and alternative feed additives to enhance productivity and environmental sustainability.

Rob is a research scientist and project leader with CSIRO Agriculture and Food in Townsville QLD, Australia where he is characterizing macroalgae and other novel feed additives as natural enteric antimethanogenic and productivity enhancing agents in cattle and sheep nutrition. He has investigated microalgae and seaweeds at Dalhousie University (Canada) in dairy nutrition, and microbial inoculants and probiotics for mitigation of greenhouse gases in dairy production at Wageningen University (Netherlands).

As of 2018 Rob has 26 years’ experience including analytical laboratory management, 4 years university lecturer in Environmental Science, 10 years bioresource management, and 11 years agriculture animal experimentation in North America, Europe, and Australia. Work included management of beef and dairy cattle, and sheep, applications involved climate respiration chambers, open path laser methodology, individual pens, group stalls, paddock scenarios, and maintaining rumen fistulated animals for in vitro and in vivo research. Certified European Union level C animal research.

He has received several Canadian national research awards (NSERC) for his work in Agriculture, and in 2016 his biotechnology work was selected as a representative of CSIRO Agriculture and Food for the innovation acceleration program (ON-2) where the red seaweed feed additive has been launched under the name FutureFeed. In 2017 Rob was appointed to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) in the Livestock Environmental Performance (LEAP) Partnership as part of the Technical Advisory Group on livestock feed additives.

Current Area of Research:
• Development of algae based functional foods and products for nutritional and environmental benefits in agriculture
• Fit-for-Purpose biochars for improvement of livestock performance
• Enhancing feed use efficiency and minimizing environmental expense in
Australian beef production.
• Methodologies and techniques in assessment of environmental impact of agriculture
• Improving agri-food production in seasonally challenging climates

Other Interests

Mountain Biking; Guitar; Tropical Gardening

Current Roles

  • Livestock Systems Scientist
    Integrated Agricultural Systems

  • Livestock Systems Scientist
    Agriculture and Global Change

Academic Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science
    Dalhousie University

  • Master Of Science

  • Doctor of Philosophy
    Dalhousie University

Professional Experiences

  • 2017

    Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) Livestock Environmantal Assessment and Performance (LEAP) Partnership