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Professor & Director, Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre, The University of Melbourne

Richard Eckard is Professor and Director of the Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre at the University of Melbourne. His research focuses on carbon farming and accounting towards carbon neutral agriculture, managing extreme climate events and options for agriculture to respond to a changing climate. Richard developed the first greenhouse gas accounting tools for agriculture with his research and expertise provided the science basis for the development of six carbon offset methods in Australia. Richard is a science advisor to the Victorian, Australian, New Zealand, UK and EU governments, the International Livestock Research Institute and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization on climate change adaptation, mitigation and policy development in agriculture. In 2021, Richard was named on the Reuters list of the world’s 1,000 most influential climate scientists and appointed as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.


  • 2011–present
    Professor, Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre
  • 2011–present
    Professor, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne


  • 1994 
    The University of Natal, PhD
  • 1987 
    The University of Natal, MSc (Agric)
  • 1983 
    The University of Natal, BSc (Agric)