People News for November 2012
Bronwyn Harch was appointed recently as the new chief of CSIRO Mathematics, Informatics, and Statistics (CMIS). She has served as the deputy chief of CMIS during the past four years. More recently, she was the deputy director of the Sustainable Agriculture Flagship.
Harch joined CSIRO in 1995 as a postdoctoral fellow. She holds a PhD in statistics from the University of Queensland, is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute, an accredited member of the Statistical Society of Australia Inc., president-elect of The International Environmetrics Society, co-chair of the Environmental Statistics Section of the Statistical Society of Australia Inc., adjunct professor at Griffith University, and distinguished research professor at the Chinese National Administration of Surveying, Mapping, and Geoinformation.
As deputy director of the Sustainable Agriculture Flagship, Harch has managed multi-divisional programs and a range of government and industry relations. Her main focus has been engaging the agri-environmental information sciences (e.g., math, stats, informatics) into the outcomes needed by government and industry for increasing agricultural productivity while minimizing any associated environmental impacts.
As leader of the mathematical sciences in CSIRO, she looks forward to fostering relationships with fellow mathematicians and statisticians in academia, government, and industry—both nationally and internationally. Harch’s career at CSIRO has combined her passion for the environment and agriculture with her mathematical sciences skills. She has had the opportunity to work on the big, high-impact projects in these areas and beyond.
Her research focus has been on the statistical design of landscape scale sampling protocols and monitoring programs, as well as the statistical modeling of complex landscape systems. She has led a number of major statistical projects within large multidisciplinary landscape-based studies. More recently, she has been working on impact evaluation—getting beyond the use of science citation metrics for tracking the benefits of research investment for government and industry and for building multidisciplinary scientific capability.
Harch has been recognized outside CSIRO for her contributions, including receiving two points of recognition at the 2010 Women in Technology Awards. She commenced her new role on October 8 and will be based in Brisbane at CSIRO’s Ecosciences Precinct.