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Mr David Gobbett

Senior Experimental Scientist


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As a Senior Experimental Scientist in the Integrated Agricultural Systems program based at Waite Campus in SA, I have a key role in productive project teams across several sites, contributing project leadership, specialist expertise in spatial analysis, development of analytical software tools, statistical analysis and modelling, as well as technical capability in sensors and instrumentation.

Current Roles

  • Yield gap assessment
    This work quantifies and investigates causes of the gap between actual farmer yields and modelled potential yields. This work raises awareness of the potential for productivity gains in cropping systems and provides a benchmark against which production can be assessed. Yield gaps can be assessed at paddock to national scale. The Australian yield gap website ( is one part of my work

  • Spatio-temporal climate analysis
    This research area develops new insights into climatic factors such as frost, heat stress and aridity at farm to regional and continental scale, looking at historical trends or future climate scenarios. This provides valuable information to growers and producers to inform management of crop and livestock production in the face of climatic risk.

  • Develop software tools for precision agriculture (PA) and precision viticulture (PV)
    PA/PV seeks to increase efficiency of use of crop inputs (e.g. fertilizer) and profitability (e.g. through selective harvesting) through improving understanding and management of spatial variability at block/paddock scale in viticultural, broad acre cropping and sugarcane production systems.

Academic Qualifications

  • 1995

    Bachelor of Science (Hons), Zoology
    University of Adelaide

  • 1991

    Bachelor of Science (Computer Science and Biology majors)
    Flinders University of South Australia

Professional Experiences

  • 2005-present

    Senior Experimental Scientist
    CSIRO Agriculture and Food

  • 1992-2005

    Senior Information Systems Analyst
    Flinders Medical Centre

Achievements and Awards

  • 2018-

    Directors Awards - Collaboration category - Awarded to Great Barrier Reef Team for critical collaboration with Governments, industry and universities underpinning scientific advice, information, expertise into policies and programs to tackle nitrogen and sediment runoff from agriculture in Great Barrier Reef catchments
    CSIRO Agriculture and Food

  • 2017-

    President's Medal - Research
    Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists

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