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Dr Louise Morin

Team Leader


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Louise is a senior scientist in CSIRO focusing on plant pathology issues in the biosecurity domain. Her research is strongly aligned with CSIRO strategic goal to limit the impacts of nationally important invasive alien species.

Louise is leading the way in the science of biological control of invasive plants using plant pathogens by embracing the latest molecular technologies and considering the broader ecological impact of the research.

Louise is also applying her extensive knowledge of rust fungi to contribute to investigations of incursions by undesirable alien plant pathogens into new countries. For example, she was called on to advise and work on the high-profile pathogen, myrtle rust (Puccinia psidii), following its incursion in Australia.

Before joining CSIRO in 1996, Louise worked as a Research Scientist with New Zealand's Landcare Research, 1994-96. Prior to this she was a Postdoctoral Fellow with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Saskatchewan, Canada (1993-94).

Current Roles

  • Team Leader
    Temperate Weeds

  • Project Leader / Research Scientist
    Currently involved in a range of biocontrol projects (wandering trad, flaxleaf fleabane, sowthistle, African boxthorn, sea spurge, balloon vine, stinking passionflower)

Academic Qualifications

  • 1994

    Botany Department, University of New England, Armidale, Australia

  • 1989

    Master of Science
    Plant Science Department, McGill University, Montréal, Canada

  • 1984

    Batchelor of Science
    Plant Science Department, McGill University, Montréal, Canada

Professional Experiences

  • 1996-present

    Research Scientist/Team Leader

  • 2004-2008

    Task Leader – Biocontrol
    CRC for Australian Weed Management

  • 1994-1996

    Research Scientist
    Landcare Research Ltd., New Zealand

  • 1993-1994

    Post-doctorate Fellow
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Achievements and Awards

  • 2012-2012

    Divisional award for research teamwork – the myrtle rust team

  • 2008-2008

    Divisional award for science support – coordination of the refurbishment and accreditation of the CSIRO Black Mountain Containment Facility

  • 1995-1995

    Allen Kerr Postgraduate Prize
    Australasian Plant Pathology Society

  • 1993-1994

    Post-doctoral Fellowship
    Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

  • 1990-1993

    Postgraduate Scholarship (PhD)
    Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan Award

  • 1986-1988

    Postgraduate Scholarship (MSc)
    Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

Other highlights

  • 2018-present

    Member of the Weed Working Group advising the national Environment Invasives Committee

  • 2010-2013

    Member of the national Myrtle Rust Scientific Advisory Group

  • 2008-2013

    Member of the Award Committee for the Australasian Plant Pathology Society

  • 2001-2012

    Member of the National Asparagus Weeds Steering Committee