Scientific Task force

Program Governance and Scientific Rigour

The BFF scientific task force operates as an expert advisory panel. The task force consists of scientists and experts representing bee biology, entomology, agriculture, ecology, food/seed industry and other pollinator stakeholder groups.

Dr Anna Cutler

Dr Anna Cutler

Anna has a background in agriculture and entomology specialising in the role of beneficial invertebrates in agricultural systems. She is an integrated pest management (IPM) specialist who has worked with Victorian growers across an array of crop types. Working at IPM Technologies, she has helped facilitate practice change and support growers to implement more sustainable pest management strategies. She has both field and laboratory experience researching the interactions between various management practices and beneficial bugs. Her specific area of expertise is spider ecology.

Charlotte Wundersitz

Charlotte joined the National Farmers’ Federation in 2022 and now holds the role of General Manager of Rural Affairs. In this role, Charlotte is responsible for the NFF’s policy on biosecurity, animal welfare, telecommunications, innovation, and research and development. She has a Bachelor of Law from the University of Adelaide and is originally from a broadacre cropping farm in South Australia.

Dr. Kevin Foster

Dr. Kevin Foster

Dr. Kevin Foster is a Senior Research Officer at UWA, School of Agriculture and Environment. He brings over 30 years’ experience in Pasture Science including 11 years breeding legumes with high oestrogenic content for their therapeutic and medicinal value for the pharmaceutical industry. Kevin is the co-breeder of two red clovers that have been granted full Plant Breeder Rights protection. His publications span scientific and extension materials.

Kevin’s current research interests include phytoestrogens and other pasture compounds that affect animal health and reproduction and investigating the potential of high-value honey production from selected legume cultivars.

Trevor Monson

Trevor Monson

Trevor Monson comes from Mildura, Victoria, and has over fifty years of experience as a beekeeper, grower and pollination specialist. He pollinates nuts, avocados, seeds, fruit and vegetables, and through his contracting business, Monson Honey and Pollination, manages hives from QLD, NSW, VIC and SA for the pollination of almonds grown in NW Victoria and NSW (120,000 hives in 2020). Trevor works in partnership with growers to accomplish optimal flight coverage and pollination outcomes, while addressing special needs associated with crops grown in glasshouses, under nets and in tunnels. The number of hives, their positioning, farm access, safety needs, chemical use, staff readiness workshops, farm inductions, the preparation of strong healthy hives, their delivery, placement, assessment, removal and detailed auditing results are crucial to his success.

Dr Romina Rader

Dr Romina Rader

Associate Professor Community Ecology (Plant-Animal Interactions), Ecology - Faculty of Science, Agriculture, Business and Law; School of Environmental and Rural Science University of New England.

Romina’s current projects relate to wild and managed insect pollinators, their efficiency at pollinating horticultural crops and finding ways to improve fruit yield and quality by understanding their life history needs.

Associate Professor Robert Spooner-Hart

Dr Robert Spooner-Hart is an Associate Professor of Applied Entomology at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment and the School for Science at Western Sydney University. Robert has more than 40 years' experience in research and extension on Integrated Pest Management (IPM), biological control and ecosystem services in horticultural crops, with a major emphasis on pollination and pollinators. He has worked on numerous national and international projects, the latter mainly in Asia and Europe. He has supervised 28 PhD and 4 Masters students in IPM and pollination.