Dean Holzworth is a software engineer with CSIRO in Toowoomba. He leads the software engineering group that builds and maintains the Agricultural Production Systems sIMulator (APSIM). He is also one of the CSIRO representatives on the APSIM Initiative Reference Panel.
For the past 20 years I have been working as a senior research scientist for the Crop Improvement group of the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and with the APSIM Initiative in Toowoomba. I have been involved in designing, developing and operating the cropping systems model APSIM, with particular attention to summer crops. My team uses APSIM to advance crop improvement and in the study of Genetic x Management x Environment interactions involved in farming in the variable climate of the northern growing region of eastern Australia.
Val Snow is a systems modeller at AgResearch in New Zealand and comes from a soil physics and agricultural science background. Her research focuses on the development and use of simulation models to support technological innovation in pastoral agricultural systems and assessment of the impacts of land use. Application areas include land use policy, future farming systems, greenhouse gas mitigation and climate change adaptation. Val serves as an Editor for Environmental Modelling and Software.
Dr Hamish Brown
Crop physiologist and systems modeller from the New Zealand Institute of Plant and food research working on the improvement and application of APSIM. Research interests include improving productivity of cereal crops, improving the efficiency of irrigation and linking crop genetic information to model parameters.
Dr Keith Pembleton
Keith is a Senior Lecture in Agricultural Science at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) in Toowoomba. He has a research background in the modelling and management of livestock and cropping systems. His current research focuses on using research focused models (like APSIM) within decision support tools and mobile phone apps for farmers and their advisors. He also uses APSIM within his teaching program at USQ to allow his students to efficiently explore complex concepts in agronomy.
Dr Yash Chauhan
Dr Yash Chauhan is a Senior Research Scientist with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) and Honorary Associate Professor in the Centre for Plant Science at the University of Queensland. He was involved in the development of the APSIM Pigeonpea module. At DAF, he has collaborated in modelling aflatoxin contamination in peanut and maize, and in the development of online decision support systems to predict aflatoxin risk and irrigation scheduling in peanuts, which are now part of Yield Prophet. Yash has been involved in the application of APSIM in characterising growing environments of maize, chickpea and mungbean to underpin improvement and agronomy for achieving better adaptation and yield in different agro-ecologies.
Dr Louis Kouadio
Louis is a Research Fellow with the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) International Centre of Applied Climate Sciences (ICACS). He completed his Ph.D. in environmental sciences and management at the Université of Liège, Belgium. His primary research interests include crop modelling, satellite remote sensing applications in agriculture, and food security. Louis’s current research focuses on the development of integrated crop yield forecasting tools for cereals and perennial crops (e.g. coffee).
Dr Enli Wang
Enli Wang is a Senior Principal Scientist at CSIRO in Canberra, Australia. He is a Co-Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Field Crops Research. He received his PhD degree in ecology at Technical University of Munich, Germany. His current research focuses on productivity and environmental impact of farming systems. His research interests include crop physiology, process-based crop modelling, crop genotype to phenotype predictions, and modelling of water, carbon and nutrient cycling in soil-plant-atmosphere systems.
Mark Lieffering is a scientist at AgResearch in New Zealand and comes from a plant ecology and agricultural science background. His research ranges from studying the effects of elevated CO2 on pasture processes to the life cycle assessment of agricultural products. With regard to modelling, his main interest is to use APSIM and other models to investigate the impacts of global change on pastoral farming systems and how farmers can adapt to the projected changes..
Dr Karine Chenu
Dr Karine Chenu is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Queensland. Karine has expertise in ecophysiology, genetics and modelling. She is conducting research that supports crop modelling technology, plant design and breeding strategies in winter cereals. Her main interests concern understanding trait physiology and genetics, developing gene-to-phenotype crop modelling and exploring novel combinations of genotypes, environments and management practices to assist productivity improvement in changing environments.