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Adjunct Professor, La Trobe University

Anna is a Senior Research Scientist with the Department of Primary Industries, Victoria, Australia. She has 30 years experience in developing farming systems which minimise environmental impacts and knowledge on natural resource management problems including water quality, soil acidification, dryland salinity and biodiversity decline. Current work involves co-leadership of a multi-disciplinary team (ecology, economics, agriculture, social research) which has developed a framework to achieve cost-effective and realistic environmental outcomes at regional, state and/or national levels. This framework influencing state and national environmental policy in Australia. It is also generating significant international collaboration. Anna is also leading Victorian catchment modelling work linking impacts of farming systems to water quality outcomes at the catchment scale. Anna has served on a number of state and national committees and holds a Bachelor Agricultural Science (Hons) from La Trobe University and a PhD from the University of Melbourne.


  • –present
    Senior Research Scientist/Adjunct Professor, Department of Primary Industries


  • 1996 
    University of Melbourne, PhD
  • 1982 
    La Trobe University, Bachelor Agricultural Science (Hons)


  • 2012
    Agricultural land management strategies to reduce phosphorus loads in the Gippsland Lakes, Australia, Agricultural Systems 106, 11-22
  • 2011
    Using linked surface–groundwater catchment modelling to assess protection for environmental assets, Journal of Hydrology 410, 13-30
  • 2011
    The Limitations Of Environmental Management Systems In Australian Agriculture, Journal of Environmental Management 92, 878-885
  • 2011
    Integrated assessment of public investment in land-use change to protect environmental assets, Land Use Policy, 29, 377-387
  • 2011
    The Australian National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality: a retrospective assessment, Australian Journal of Agricultural Resource Economics 54, 437-456

Research Areas

  • Agronomy (070302)
  • Soil Sciences (0503)
  • Environmental Science And Management (0502)
  • Environmental Management (050205)
  • Sustainable Agricultural Development (070108)
  • Natural Resource Management (050209)
  • Agricultural Land Management (070101)
  • Agriculture, Land And Farm Management (0701)


Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Interdisciplinary Research 2009