Mike Grundy has a long-standing research interest in spatial soil and landscape science and its application to agricultural and forest production, environmental protection and systems approaches to complex problems – and has led major multi-disciplinary natural resource assessment activities for over 30 years.
He has had roles in Universities, State Agencies and most recently CSIRO where he was the Research Director – Soil and Landscapes. He has recently retired from full time work but has continuing connections to the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, the University of Sydney as well as the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists.
The aim of his CSIRO research teams was to address the key emerging issues in the productive and sustained management of our soils and landscapes. The Program developed tools to observe and predict trends across agricultural and forestry landscapes and to understand the interconnection with the wider economy and environment. Inherent in this are the interactions between natural resources, how we use them and the health and productivity across the whole landscape, and from the farm to the consumer. The emphasis was on innovation in information and communication to gain impact in farm communities, relevant industries and in the policies and actions of various levels of government.
Mike is an Adjunct Professor, Sydney Insititute of Agriculture at the University of Sydney. He is a Fellow and Honorary Life Member of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology.
He is also recently a proud grandfather of two and that role is becoming an increasing obsession!