Prof. Richard Eckard

Prof. Richard Eckard


Richard Eckard is Professor and Director of the Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre, a joint initiative between the University of Melbourne and the Victorian Department of Primary Industries.

He sits on science advisory panels for the Australian, New Zealand and UK governments and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation on climate change research in agriculture and leads research programs in enteric methane, nitrous oxide and whole farm systems modelling of mitigation and adaptation strategies.

His research focuses mainly on grazing management, nutrient cycling and whole farm systems analysis of livestock production systems. Recent research has focused on climate change impacts, mitigation and adaptation options for the livestock industries.

Richard has published over 100 scientific publications, holds a number of national and international science leadership roles, being a keynote speaker at numerous industry and international science conferences over the past few years. Since 2010, Richard has authored over 60 peer reviewed papers, 6 book chapters, and 46 conference papers on climate change and agriculture alone.