Dr Nimesha Fernando
Nimesha achieved her PhD at The University of Melbourne in the School of Land and Environment in 2014. Her PhD research was on wheat grain quality dynamics under elevated atmospheric CO2 concentrations in Mediterranean climate conditions. Following this she joined the Department of Environment and Primary Industries as a research scientist where she investigated phenolic compounds in pulse crops which are having health benefits to humans, and identified their genotypic and environmental variation. Nimesha was awarded the prestigious Alltech Young Scientist award in 2013. Her current research focus is on weed competition with crop species under changing climate conditions and aquatic invasive plant species management.