Adam H. Sparks

Professor in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

Adam H. Sparks

Professor in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

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A botanical epidemiologist, ecologist and GIS geek by schooling, cat herder by experience. I grew up herding cats on a small dairy farm in central Indiana. Later I moved to Nebraska and ended up settling in Kansas where I honed my cat herding skills on the Great Plains. I then moved to the Philippines where I was employed by International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Baños. Here I conducted field experiments to help develop recommendations for rice farmers to use. I also developed and used epidemiological models and linked them with GIS for spatial representations of crop health issues and to study the effects of climate change on plant diseases and pests.

Currently I'm with the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba at the Centre for Crop Health as an associate professor working with diseases of field crops.

I tend to use R for my work if I can; if I can't, I figure out how to.

In my spare time I like to travel, drive Jeepneys, host cocktail parties and practice photography.

  • Work
    • University of Southern Queensland
  • Education
    • Kansas State University, PhD Plant Pathology
    • Kansas State University, Graduate Certificate GIS