Julia leads the Curtin for Agribusiness profitability (C4AP) initiative, a multidisciplinary team developing the next generation of agribusiness research capability through the combination of data analytics, sensing technologies for spatial & temporal variability in crop production at a granular level as well as developing tools for agribusiness decision making and financial products.
Julia is a plant physiologist whose research experience encompasses seagrass physiology, pre-breeding in pulses, farming systems, agronomy, soils and nutrition and agribusiness. She has worked in research roles at the University of WA, ECU and Curtin University as well as research management roles with Grains Research and Development Corporation and Future Farm Industries CRC and in private consulting. Julia has had a leadership role in more than 150 industry-funded R&D projects in WA and nationally with GRDC and cross-RDCs through the Rural R&D for Profit program. She works closely with growers, advisors and grower groups in co-designing industry-driven projects including working with the GRDC Regional Advisory Panels and Regional Cropping Solutions Networks. Julia’s passion for the translation of research outcomes into transformational practice change and increasing agribusiness profitability is embedded in everything she does.
Julia has a passion for building leadership capability in agriculture and has been involved with Nuffield Australia as well as many industry capacity-building projects. She was appointed as a Board Member of the WA No Till Farmers Association in September 2020.