Research Program Director and Senior Principal Research Scientist
Organization: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) – Australia
Dr De Barro joined CSIRO in 1994 and established an internationally recognised research program focused on managing the silverleaf whitefly (Bemisia tabaci MEAM1) and his research has contributed considerably to its control in Australia and our global understanding of invasive whitefly pests. In 2014 Paul and his whitefly research team was awarded CSIRO’s highest honour, the Chairman’s Medal, for its delivery of a long-term, sustainable pest control solution for Australia’s horticultural, nursery, cotton and grain legume industries against the damaging invasive pest, silverleaf whitefly. In addition to his research on whiteflies, Paul has been closely involved in research on biosecurity threat identification and prioritisation. As part of this research he developed an interest in risk analysis and applied that to the assessment of risks posed by the release of Wolbachia infected mosquito, Aedes aegypti. He has published over 100 journal papers, is regularly invited to give plenary and keynote addresses at international conferences.