Dr Libby Pinkard

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Dr Libby Pinkard has a background in tree physiology that she applies to developing tools and approaches for quantifying the risks and impacts of environmental stress and pests on forest function and condition. She leads projects applying novel tools such as genomics to issues of climate change adaptation in natural and managed forest systems, and led the first integrated assessment of climate change risks and impacts for the Australian plantation forest industry. Recent work focuses on the application of natural capital accounting to primary enterprises to improve environmental outcomes from private land. As a Group Leader in the Land and Water business unit, Libby oversees a broad portfolio of research that aims to inform land use change, intensification and management.

Current Roles

  • Group Leader
    Landscape Intensification

Academic Qualifications

  • 1997

    University of Tasmania

  • 1993

    University of Tasmania

  • 1984

    Australian National University

Achievements and Awards

  • 2017-2017

    Advisory board member
    National Institute of Forest Products Innovation

  • 2017-now

    Editorial Board
    Australian Forestry

  • 2016-now

    Greening Australia Alumni
    Greening Australia

  • 2016-Now

    International Society of Resaerch impact Assessment

  • 2018-2018

    Editor-in-chief, forest ecology and management
    Forestry journal

  • 2015-2017

    Expert panel member
    Special Advisory panel of the Consultative Committee on Emerging Plant Pests, Plant health Australia

  • 2014 -Now

    member Forest and Forest Products Committee
    Dept Agriculture and Water Resources

  • 2015-2015

    Invited panellist, Forest Resilience session of ANZIF conference, Creswick April 2015
    Institute of Foresters Australia

  • 2015-2015

    Convenor, national workshop 'Crreating our future: facilitating innovation in the forest sector

  • 2015-2015

    Invited presentation ‘Adaptation to climate change in Australia’s plantations’, Australian Forest Growers conference, Lismore October 2014.
    Australian Forest Growers

  • 2012-2012

    Invited participant, Climate, forest mortality and Australian terrestrial carbon stores working group

  • 2014-2014

    Co-chair COMBIO session ‘Modelling climate change impacts’ Canberra September 2014

  • 2014-2014

    Co-organiser, and moderator, of competitively selected ‘Ignite’ session at Ecological Society of America annual meeting, ‘Woody plant carbon storage and survival under stress’
    Ecological Society of America

  • 2013-2013

    Austrian Science Fund

  • 2012-now

    Editorial Board
    Forestry: an Internatinal Journal

  • 2012-2012

    Invited talk, ‘Adaptation issues and responses’, Australian Forest Products Association workshop Melbourne.
    Australian Forest Products Association

  • 2012-2012

    US-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund

  • 2011-2011

    Invited talk at Ecological Society of Australia annual meeting, ‘The role of defoliating pests in drought mortality’
    Ecological Society of Australia

  • 2011-2011

    Invited talks, 5 regional workshops, ‘Climate change and Australia’s plantations: impacts, risks and opportunities for adaptation’. Australian Forest Products Assocation
    Australian Forest Products Association

  • 2011-2011

    Gottstein Travelling Fellowship to examine alternatives to Free Air CO2 experiments for determining tree responses to rising atmospheric CO2 involving travel to New Zealand and the US
    Gottstein Trust

  • 2011-2011

    Invited talk at Ecological Society of America annual meeting special symposium on drought mortality. ‘The role of pests in drought mortality, a modelling perspective’
    Ecological Sociaty of America

  • 2010-2010

    Best poster award
    International Pest Risk Workshop,

  • 2009-2009

    Theo Murphy High Fliers Think Tank, Melbourne (Agricultural productivity and climate change)
    Australian Academy of Science

  • 2009-2009

    Member Forest Vulnerability Reference Group
    National Climat Change Adaptation Reserach Facility


  • 2017-2020

    Increasing farm gate profits: the role of natural capital accounts. Funded by DAWR through Rural Research for Profits funding scheme

  • 2017-2018

    Valuing trust and social licence in the primary sectors. lead agency SCION

  • 2017-2020

    Is natural selection sufficient for adaptation of plant populations to climate change? Postdoctoral fellowship, Research Plus

  • 2016-2020

    Environmental genomics and Australia's plants

  • 2011-2014

    Adaptation strategies to manage risk in Australia's plantations

  • 2014-2018

    SIEF Forests for the Future

  • 2013-2016

    Clear polymer film and revegetation outcomes

  • 2011-2011

    Climate change and South Australia's plantations: impacts, risks and options for adaptation

  • 2010-2012

    Predicting mortality in Australia’s forests: building capacity to adapt to future climates

  • 2009-2010

    Forest industries climate change adaptation: from policy to practice

  • 2009-2009

    Alternative approaches for determining photosynthetic responses of Australian forest species to elevated CO2

  • 2007-2009

    Predicting NPP of temperate forest systems: uncertainty associated with climate change and pest attack

  • 2006-2008

    Climate change and Australia’s plantation estate: pest impacts on carbon stores

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2016-now

    Alumni member, Greening Australia


  • Researcher ID: 1111

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