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Dr Raghu Sathyamurthy

Research Director


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Raghu leads the Biosecurity Research Program, which is focussed on preparedness and response to biosecurity threats to Australia's agricultural and environmental assets. The program's translational research spans vertebrate and invertebrate pests, weeds and diseases.

Raghu is an ecologist and entomologist who uses his strengths in theoretical and empirical ecology to facilitate better natural resource management outcomes. His most significant contributions, to date, have been on the ecology and management of invasive species in natural and agricultural systems. His research is focussed on northern Australia, wherein he applies his expertise to investigate/solve a wide range of issues from weed and pest management, especially using biological control, to biodiversity conservation.

Research interests: invasive species management, biological control, autecology, population ecology, plant-herbivore interactions, insect ecology and behaviour, ecological risk assessment, sustainable plant industries, environmental management

Current Roles

  • Research Director: Biosecurity
    I lead a program focussed on improving Australia's resilience to biosecurity threats. Specifically, program members located across Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Geelong, Townsville and Perth undertake basic and translational research to enhance our preparedness and response to diseases, invertebrate and vertebrate pests, and weeds of biosecurity concern.

Professional Experiences

  • 2019-2021

    Group Leader (Weed Management Systems)

  • 2017-current

    Principal Research Scientist

  • 2016-2017

    A/Group Leader (Northern Invasion Biology & Management)

  • 2014-2016

    Senior Research Scientist

  • 2012-2014

    Associate Professor
    University of Arkansas

  • 2010-2012

    Research Scientist
    USDA-ARS Australian Biological Control Laboratory and CSIRO

  • 2009-2010

    Senior Scientist & Regional Team Leader - Sustainable Plant Industries
    Arid Zone Research Institute, NT Government

  • 2007-2009

    Queensland University of Technology

  • 2005-2007

    Assistant Professor
    Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois

  • 2002-2005

    Postdoctoral Fellow
    CRC for Australian Weed Management

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2014-2021

    Associate Editor (BioControl)

  • 2011-2021

    Subject Editor (Environmental Entomology)

  • 2005-2021

    Editorial Board (Biological Control)

  • 2014-2021

    Ecosciences Precinct Site Committee

  • 2014-2016

    Vice President - Research (Ecological Society of Australia)

  • 2010-2011

    Secretary (Ecological Society of Australia)

  • 2009-2012

    Chief Editor (Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland)

We have publications by Dr Raghu Sathyamurthy