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Foundation Professor of Horticulture and Viticulture, The University of Melbourne

Professor Snow Barlow is a plant physiologist and agricultural scientist, whose research encompasses plant water use efficiency, viticulture and impacts of climate change on agriculture, water management and global food security. He is currently Foundation Professor of Horticulture and Viticulture at the University of Melbourne.

Snow chairs the Expert Assessment Panel of the DAFF climate change R & D program , convenes the Primary Industries Research Adaptation Network of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility(NCCARF) and is a member of the Minister’s NGO Roundtable on Climate Change and the Land Sector Working Group .

He also chairs the Victoria Endowment for Science, Knowledge and Innovation, and a member of the Australian Landcare Council.

Professor Barlow is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology and in 2009 was awarded the ‘Australian Medal of Agricultural Science’.

Snow was educated at the University of New England , graduating with honours in Rural Science and winning blues in Cricket and Rugby prior to completing a PhD at Oregon State University.

Together with his partner Winsome McCaughey, he operates a commercial farm incorporating vineyards, grazing and farm forestry enterprises in the Strathbogie Ranges in North Eastern Victoria and markets wine under the Baddaginnie Run label.


  • 2007–2011
    Associate Dean (Strategic Relationships), Melbourne School of Land and Environment
  • 2000–2008
    Head, School of Agriculture and Food Systems , University of Melbourne
  • 1996–1999
    Chief Scientist , Division of Agriculture , Forestry and Quarrantine Sciences, Bureau of Rural Sciences,DAFF
  • 1994–1996
    Dean , Faculty of Agriculture and Horticulture, University of Western Sydney
  • 1988–1993
    Dean , Faculty of Horticulture , University of Western Sydney


  • 1967 
    University of new England , B.Rur.Sc(Hons)

Research Areas

  • Agricultural Land Management (070101)
  • Agricultural Land Planning (070102)
  • Agricultural Hydrology (Drainage, Flooding, Irrigation, Quality, Etc.) (079901)
  • Carbon Sequestration Science (050301)


Fellow of Australia Academy Technological Sciences and Engineering Fellow of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science Australian Medal of Agricultural Science-2009