Bernadette McCabe

Associate Professor and Principal Scientist, University of Southern Queensland

A/Prof Bernadette McCabe is a principal scientist with the Centre for Agricultural Engineering, University of Southern Queensland. Bernadette’s specific research interest is in energy capture and resource recovery of waste. She was recently awarded an Advance Queensland Mid-Career Research Fellowship working in partnership with NH Foods Australia, Oakey Beef Exports. She has expertise in the monitoring of wastewater, biogas production and assessment of biosolids as fertiliser replacement.

Bernadette collaborates at an international level as Australia’s National Team Leader in the IEA Bioenergy program Task 37: Energy from Biogas. IEA Task 37 is an international working group made up of 14 member countries that exchange global best practice trends in biogas production. Through this role she has established a wide network of national and international research, industry and government contacts.

Bernadette has also been active in the scholarship of bioscience learning and teaching arena and was awarded a 2011 ALTC citation for outstanding contributions to student learning. She also is committed to promoting science in schools and has been involved in ongoing partnerships through CSIROs Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools (SMiS) program since 2007.


  • –present
    Associate Professor and Principal Scientist, University of Southern Queensland


  • 2006 
    University of Southern Queensland, Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and Learning
  • 1999 
    University of Western Sydney, PhD
  • 1992 
    University of Sydney, BSc(Hons)


  • 2017
    Evaluation of chemical, thermobaric and thermochemical pre-treatment on anaerobic digestion of high-fat cattle slaughterhouse waste, Bioresource Technology. Vol 244, pp 605-610
  • 2017
    Investigation into thin layer drying rates and equilibrium moisture content of abattoir paunch waste, Renewable Energy. Available online 26 June 2017
  • 2016
    An investigation into the fertilizer potential of cattle paunch, Proceedings of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
  • 2015
    Review of pre-treatments used in anaerobic digestion and their potential application in high-fat cattle slaughterhouse wastewater, Applied Energy. Vol 155, pp 560-575.
  • 2014
    A case study for biogas generation from covered anaerobic ponds treating abattoir wastewater: Investigation of pond performance and potential biogas production, Applied Energy. Vol 114, pp 798-808.
  • 2013
    Investigating wastewater modelling as a tool to predict anaerobic decomposition and biogas yield of abattoir effluent, Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering. Vol 1, pp 1375-1379.

Professional Memberships

  • Australian National Team Leader for IEA Bioenergy Task 37: Energy from Biogas
  • Bioenergy Australia
  • AusBiotech

Research Areas

  • Wastewater Treatment Processes (090409)
  • Environmental Technologies (090703)
  • Interdisciplinary Engineering Not Elsewhere Classified (091599)