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Dr Sarina Macfadyen

Principal Research Scientist


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Dr Macfadyen joined what was then known as CSIRO Entomology as a research scientist in 2008 focusing on research relating to the spatial ecology and management of invertebrate pests and natural enemy complexes in agricultural landscapes.

Prior to moving to Canberra she was based in the United Kingdom (UK) for three years at the University of Bristol working on a project investigating food webs in organic and conventional farming systems. This project showed that whilst organic farms in the region had greater diversity, and this translated into differences in network structure, there was no increase in the provision of natural pest control services on organic farms.

Sarina is passionate about using research findings to help develop management options for farmers that improve the sustainability and profitability of their farms. Her projects have been in a diversity of contexts; from grain production landscapes in southern Australia through to cassava production landscapes in East Africa. She is especially interested in pest management issues as part of understanding the broader farming system.

Current Roles

  • Senior Research Scientist, Agreocology team leader
    Many of our projects can be found on our website:

  • Agripest Challenge team
    See some of the outputs here:

Academic Qualifications

  • 2004

    Doctor of Philosophy
    The University of Queensland, Australia.

Professional Experiences

  • 1/11/2018-1/12/2020

    Secondment as an Associate Research Program Manager in farming systems analysis

  • 1/01/2018-1/10/2018

    CSIRO participant on the 2018 Nuffield Global Focus Program
    Nuffield Australia

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