National Manager, Broadacre Cropping
Dr Sharyn Taylor joined Plant Health Australia as National Manager, Broadacre Cropping, in August 2015.
Sharyn previously worked at PHA from 2007 to 2012 as Program Manager, Biosecurity Planning and Implementation. In this period she worked with many PHA members to develop industry biosecurity plans, biosecurity manuals, surveillance strategies and pest contingency plans. She also coordinated the Grains Farm Biosecurity Program, establishing Grains Biosecurity Officers in five states.
Between 2012 and 2014 Sharyn worked for the Plant Biosecurity CRC as Program Coordinator, Grains, and 2014–15 she joined GRDC as Program Manager, Plant Health Surveillance and Mitigation. Work in both of these agencies expanded her background and experience in managing large research and development programs.
Sharyn’s scientific background is in nematology, and from 1991 to 2007 she worked for the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) as a grains nematologist, leading the Nematology Group at SARDI for several years. She was awarded her PhD from the University of Adelaide in 2000, with her thesis entitled The ecology and epidemiology of Pratylenchus neglectus and P. thornei in South Australia. In addition to her nematology role, between 2001 and 2007 she managed the Post Entry Plant Quarantine facility at SARDI.