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DR Paul Umina


  • Agricultural Pests and Biodiversity (Pest, environment, ecosystem)
  • Insecticide Resistance



  • Paul Umina completed his undergraduate studies at La Trobe University where he was awarded a BSc(Hons) in 1999. He then obtained his PhD in Ecological Genetics and Biochemistry at La Trobe University under the guidance of Prof. Ary Hoffmann and Prof. Leann Tilley in 2003. Paul held a postdoctoral research position for a year at Monash University (with Dr. Steve McKechnie) and is now based within the School of BioSciences at The University of Melbourne.

    Paul's work strikes a balance between innovative research, engagement and commercial application. He has conducted a diverse array of field and laboratory-based research on ecological, molecular and environmental management issues. Paul leads several national projects and has made several important discoveries, including the way numerous insects reproduce, discovering insecticide resistance in crop pests, and identifying natural ways to control insect pests using beneficial insects. His research has significantly advanced the way other scientists and researchers approach pest management in Australia, particularly in the grains industry.

    In addition to research, Paul has devoted considerable effort improving the communication and translation of research findings into practical and valuable outcomes. He has engaged in a series of innovative and very effective knowledge transfer initiatives, with the objective of seeing scientific findings being applied by industry. Paul's desire in seeing the results of research efforts implemented by industry and government led him to found cesar pty ltd. cesar is a science based company that combines leading science and consultancy to provide practical and innovative solutions in agricultural pest control and wildlife conservation.   


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Additional Grant Information

  • Paul has procured significant funding for a number of research and extension projects. He has received support from 19 competitive grants, including 15 as chief investigator. This includes several national projects, involving collaborators from various state agricultural departments, universities and CSIRO.   


Education and training

  • PhD, La Trobe University 2003
  • BSc (Hons), La Trobe University 1998

Awards and honors

  • Dean's Excellence Award for Engagement, The University of Melbourne, 2015
  • Victorian Young Tall Poppy Science Award, Australian Institute of Policy & Science, 2012
  • Vice-Chancellors Engagement Awards, The University of Melbourne, 2011
  • Grains Scholarship, GRDC, 2000



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