La Trobe lecturer awarded for research

A lecturer at La Trobe University has been recognised for driving improvements in the productivity and sustainability of mixed farming systems throughout Australia thanks to his efforts in communicating research outcomes.

Dr James Hunt is the recipient of the 2016 Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Southern Region Seed of Light award, which acknowledges outstanding effort in the extension of GRDC-supported grains research outcomes.

The young scientist was presented with the award at the GRDC Grains Research Update in Adelaide this week.

A specialist in crop agronomy and physiology, Dr Hunt has recently taken up a position as senior lecturer at La Trobe University following a seven-year stint as a research scientist for CSIRO.

Dr Hunt, who began his career in 2000 at The University of Melbourne's Faculty of Land and Food Resources, is well respected by his peers in the research sector, as well as farming systems groups, grain growers and their agronomic advisers throughout the country.

In presenting Dr Hunt the award, GRDC Southern Regional Panel chair Keith Pengilley said despite being just 38 years of age, Dr Hunt had already left an indelible mark on Australian grains research.

"His pioneering contribution to research into water use efficiency, time of sowing of crops and stubble management, and his ability to communicate research findings, has been quite outstanding," he said.

"James' dedication to research aimed at supporting grain growers in their endeavours to improve productivity and build sustainability and his enthusiasm in communicating new knowledge and new understandings is to be commended and celebrated."

Mr Pengilley said that while Dr Hunt's contribution to research was noteworthy, his ability and desire to communicate effectively to and engage with industry was just as impressive.

"James is one of the most dynamic communicators I know. His use of social media to engage with industry is quite phenomenal, he has an exhaustive list of publications and presentations, and he willingly jumps at opportunities to communicate his passion for farming and agronomic research.

"He is a most deserving recipient of the southern Seed of Light award which is voted upon by the GRDC Southern Regional Panel each year."


James Hunt, La Trobe UniversityPhone 03 9032 7425 / 0428 636391