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Dr Andy Sheppard

DAWE-CSIRO Biosecurity Mission (founding) Director; Director CSIRO European Laboratory, FRES, FTSE


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A Senior Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO since 1986 based in France as well as Australia working on biosecurity and invasive species management.

Since 2006 has been a CSIRO Research leader of three different programs on plant, animal and environmental biosecurity and terrestrial biodiversity management. He was Research Director in the CSIRO Health & Biosecurity business unit from 2015-2021.

Current primary role is a secondment into the Commonwealth Department Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry (formally Department of Agriculture Water and the Environment (DAWE)) after instigating a new DAWE-CSIRO "Biosecurity Mission" as a partnership across both agencies. This $50-$100M Mission is due to launch in early 2023.

He serves on a number of boards/advisory committees for the Federal Government National Biosecurity Committee and the DAWE-CSIRO Centre of Australian National Biodiversity Research.

Is the non-residential Director of CSIRO’s European Laboratory in Montpellier since 2002.

Also has a portfolio of research projects in weed and pest and invasive species management based on Australia, South Africa and France

He was elected to the Australian Academy of Technology & Engineering in 2019 and International Member of the French Academy of Agriculture in 2020

Current Roles

  • Director
    CSIRO European Laboratory

  • Senior Principal Research Scientist
    Biological Invasions