Our People

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Our dedicated and internationally recognised staff conduct world-leading teaching and research spanning a range of disciplines, uniquely positioning us to tackle the challenging global problems of food security, animal and human disease, and conservation.

Head of School

Professor Iain Young

Professor Iain Young

Professor Iain Young is the inaugural head of the School of Life and Environmental Sciences, commencing in 2016. He is a biophysicist working at the interface of physics and biology, using soil as a model system to examine functionality in complex porous media over space and time.

His work crosses the boundaries of modelling and experimentation and he is known internationally in these areas, particularly in the functional quantification of the 3D architecture of soil and how the spatio-temporal processes of such complex structures impact on microbial and plant life and vice-versa.

Learn more about Professor Iain Young

Academic leadership

Madeleine Beekman

Deputy Head of School
Madeleine Beekman

 

     

Claire Wade

Cluster Chair
Animal Sciences

Claire Wade

 

Joel Mackay

Cluster Chair
Biochemistry, Cellular
and Molecular Biology

Joel Mackay

 

Dee Carter      

Cluster Chair
Microbiology

Dee Carter

 

 

 

 Madeleine Beekman

Cluster Chair
Ecology, Evolution & Environmental Sciences
Madeleine Beekman

 Peter Sharp

Cluster Chair
Plant Sciences

Peter Sharp

 Professor Margaret Allman-Farinelli

Head of the Nutrition and Dietetics program
Margaret Allman-Farinelli

 

Stuart Cordwell

Associate Head
(Research)

Stuart Cordwell

 

Damien Field

Associate Head
(Education)

Damien Field

Mark de Bruyn

Director, First Year
Studies

Mark de Bruyn

 

Peter Banks

Postgraduate Coordinator
Biological Sciences

Peter Banks

 

Tony Weiss

Postgraduate Coordinator
Molecular Bioscience

Tony Weiss

   

Ashley Ward

Honours Coordinator
Biological Sciences

Ashley Ward

A Holmes

Honours Coordinator
Molecular Bioscience

Andy Holmes

 Professor Budiman Minasny

Honours Coordinator
Environmental Sciences
Budiman Minasny

 

 Dr Wendy Muir    

Honours Coordinator
Animal Sciences
Wendy Muir