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Dr Dean Paini

Principal Research Scientist


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Dr Paini is an ecologist whose work to date includes, invasive species modelling, competition theory, ideal free distribution, foraging strategies, network theory, thrips ecology, bee ecology, and emerging infectious diseases

Dr Paini arrived in CSIRO in 2007 as a postdoctoral fellow and became a research scientist in 2010. To date, Dr Paini has been exploring and using self organising maps (SOM), a type of artificial neural network, for invasive species modelling to generate indices for establishment likelihood for large numbers of species simultaneously. Dr Paini also has interests in network theory and human transport networks (e.g. shipping networks, air networks, informal trade networks) in the facilitation of invasive species spread around the world. His work now extends into human disease epidemiology and he is currently working on human movement networks and the integration of diverse data sources for modelling disease spread such as dengue and Zika. As part of this work, Dr Paini collaborates with Dr Raja Jurdak and they have founded the research group, DiNeMo (

Before coming to CSIRO, Dr Paini worked for three-and-a-half years investigating the ecology of thrips and their natural enemies at the University of Florida. This work included studies on competition, optimal oviposition, foraging strategies, predator spatial tracking of prey, non-crop host use by thrips species.

Previous to his thrips research, Dr Paini's doctoral research involved studying the impact of European honey bees on Australian native bees.

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Current Roles

  • Group Leader and Principal Research Scientist
    C-BUG (Cross Business Unit Group)

Academic Qualifications

  • 2004

    University of Western Australia

  • 1997

    B. Sc. (Hons)
    University College Dublin

Other highlights

  • 2018-

    Keynote speaker, International Plant Resistance to Insect Symposium, UK

  • 2017-

    Keynote speaker, Science Protecting Plant Health, Australia

  • 2016-

    Invited speaker, One Health Conference, Australia

  • 2016-

    Invited speaker, International Congress of Entomology, USA

  • 2016-

    Invited speaker, James Cook University, Australia

  • 2015-

    B3 Science Partnership Forum, Lincoln University, New Zealand

  • 2013-

    Scientific Committee and Session Organizer, International Congress of Biological Invasions, Quindao, China


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