Researcher biography

Brodie is a UQ PhD student who is passionate about investigating strategies to conserve biodiversity on farms at the smallest cost to agricultural productivity. Growing up and living on a dairy farm has inspired him to look for ways to produce high quality, nutritious and affordable food at a minimal cost to the environment.

Brodie’s research is focused on land management strategies to improve biodiversity outcomes on extensive grazing lands, and the effect that these strategies have on the productivity and profitability of grazing businesses. Understanding the costs and benefits of management strategies from both an agronomic and ecological perspective is an essential part of improving uptake and in reducing the uncertainty facing land managers when engaging in on-farm conservation projects.  

Previously, Brodie worked with CBCS during his Honours year. He studied the value of retained strips of brigalow-dominated vegetation to declining woodland-dependant bird communities, and the impact that these strips have on pasture productivity. 

His thesis is supervised by Professor Martine Maron and Dr Hayley McMillan.