Researcher biography

Erin Wilkus currently works at the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) at the University of Queensland. Her work integrates both biophysical and socioeconomic metrics to assess performance at the whole farm level. As part of the farming systems research group led by Professor Daniel Rodriguez, she has applied farming systems analysis to identify targeted management and development strategies for farmers in Eastern and Southern Africa and, more recently the Northern Grains Region of Australia.

Erin holds a PhD in Agricultural Ecology and a Masters in International Agricultural Development from the University of California Davis. Her dissertation research, under professor Paul Gepts, assessed the impact of seed system development initiatives and farm management practices on household-level outcomes and crop population genetics in Uganda. Erin has also held research positions with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT).