Professor Applied Ecology

Geoff will be speaking in Session 7. Vineyard health and biodiversity. Click here to see more.

Biography

Dr Geoff Gurr is an ecologist, best known internationally for advances in biological control and the exploitation of insect-plant interactions to develop innovative pest management strategies. He also works on strategies to promote other ecosystem services such as pollination and nutrient cycling to harmonise agricultural production with the natural resource base. The many projects he has led extend from Australia to developing regions such as Africa, Asia and Papua New Guinea. He trained in Britain, completing a PhD at Imperial College in association with Rothamsted Research and the National Institute of Agricultural Botany in Cambridge. He has held faculty positions with the universities of Melbourne, New England, Sydney and, currently, Charles Sturt. He is also Visiting Professor at Fujian Agriculture & Forestry University, where he has been supported by a Thousand Talents award. His more than 200 publications include papers in prestigious titles such as Nature Plants and Annual Review of Entomology. In December 2020, he won Engagement Australia’s award for outstanding research impact. He has been working on vineyard issues since 2000 and is currently leading a program of research covering biological control, soil health and grower attitudes from Charles Sturt University’s Orange campus.