Paul Bertsch

22 November 2012 — Scientist Professor Paul Bertsch is the new chief of CSIRO Land and Water.

CSIRO chief executive Megan Clark said Professor Bertsch had a track record at the highest level in research, research leadership, and collaboration with industry and government.

Professor Bertsch said the research activities in the Division of Land and Water were central to a sustainable future for Australia.

“Soil and water resources are at the nexus of every major global grand challenge from climate change, food and water security, to biodiversity and the function of natural, managed and built ecosystems.

Professor Bertsch is currently director of the Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment and Professor of Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology, University of Kentucky, Lexington. Prior to this, he was the Georgia Power Professor of Environmental Chemistry and Director of the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory at the University of Georgia.

Professor Bertsch holds a PhD in Soil Physical Chemistry-Mineralogy and is globally recognised as a pioneer in molecular environmental science. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society of Agronomy, Soil Science Society of America and International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. He is also a lifetime National Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences.

Professor Bertsch starts with the CSIRO at the end of February 2013 and will be based at the Ecosciences Precinct in Brisbane.