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Dr Julianne Lilley

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Dr Julianne Lilley is Team Leader of the Integrated Agric Modelling & Decisions team within Agriculture and Food which develops and uses soil, crop, pasture and livestock models in a farming systems context for application in agricultural research across Australia and internationally. Julianne is a crop scientist with over 25 years research experience in crop physiology. Her research has included climate change impacts, crop root system function, crop water-use efficiency, dual-purpose cropping, whole-farm productivity and resource protection. She applies crop physiological understanding embedded within crop simulation models to greatly expand the outcomes of experiments and draw robust conclusions about the impacts of agricultural management decisions.

She is currently leads research investigating farm management practices which optimise profitability of canola, understanding environmental triggers and the underlying genetic control of flowering in canola, and developing the Yield Gap Australia website, a tool developed at CSIRO to inform policy makers and grain producers of the gap between potential and actual yields from local to national scale.

Previous work contributed significantly to the GRDC (Grains Research and Development Corporation) funded National Water-Use Efficiency Initiative, which was awarded a CSIRO Medal for Research Impact and the prestigious Eureka Prize for Sustainable Agriculture in 2014.

Academic Qualifications

  • 1990

    PhD (Agriculture)
    University of Queensland

  • 1985

    BAgrSc (Hons)
    University of Queensland

Professional Experiences

  • 2016-2020

    Group Leader
    CSIRO Agriculture and Food

  • 1999-present

    Research Scientist
    CSIRO Plant Industry and CSIRO Agriculture and Food

  • 1998-1999

    Program Officer
    AusAID, Canberra

  • 1997

    Research Fellow
    John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK

  • 1994-1997

    Post Doctoral Fellow
    CSIRO Plant Industry

  • 1991-1994

    Post Doctoral Fellow
    CSIRO Tropical Crops and Pastures

  • 1989-1990

    Research Agronomist
    Qld Department Primary Industries

Achievements and Awards

  • 2013

    CSIRO Medal for Research Impact

  • 2014

    Eureka Prize for Sustainable Agriculture
    Australian Museum


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