Research Economist, CSIRO

David hails from the Great Southern region of Western Australia. He completed a BEc.(Hons.) degree at Murdoch University in 1995, and from 1996-2004 worked as a Regional Economist with the Western Australian Department of Agriculture investigating all manner of invasive species issues. During this period David completed a PhD with The University of Western Australia’s School of Agricultural and Resource Economics (1999-2001), and worked as a postdoctoral research assistant at Imperial College London (2003-2004). In 2005 he took up a Research Economist position with CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences in Canberra, and a visiting fellowship with The Australian National University’s Fenner School of Environment and Society.


  • 2005–present
    Research Economist, CSIRO


  • 2002 
    University of Western Australia, PhD (Agriculture)

Research Areas

  • Crop And Pasture Protection (Pests, Diseases And Weeds) (070308)
  • Horticultural Crop Protection (Pests, Diseases And Weeds) (070603)
  • Animal Protection (Pests And Pathogens) (070205)


2007 CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement