Researcher Profile

Dr William Erskine

William Erskine
William Erskine

Phone: +61 8 6488 1903

Research Expertise:
  • Plant breeding, germplasm evaluation and genetics


MAg P.N.G., PhD Camb.

Previous Positions

2001 - 2007 : Assistant Director General (Research) - International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), Aleppo, Syria
1998 - 2001 : Program Leader - Germplasm Improvement Program, ICARDA
1980 - 1998 : Lentil Breeder at ICARDA
1973 - 1977 : Tutor with Agriculture Faculty of University of Papua New Guinea


EUCARPIA – European Society of Plant Breeding

Funding Received

Since coming to UWA I have received grant funding from Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), Council of Grain Grower Organisations Ltd (COGGO), Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC), Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), and the Australian Research Council (ARC).

Prior to UWA I was the recipient of research project grants from International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada; BMZ (Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development) Germany; Overseas Development Agency (ODA) UK; and the US Agency for International Development (USAID), USA.

Roles, responsibilities and expertise

On the Editorial Board of the following journals:

• Journal of Agricultural Science, Cambridge
• Experimental Agriculture
• Food Security


William Erskine is Director of the Centre for Plant Genetics and Breeding (PGB) at The University of Western Australia. He was at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) in Syria as Assistant Director General (Research) from 2001-2007, Leader of the Germplasm Improvement Program (1998-2001), and Lentil Breeder from 1980 for 18 years. Scottish born, William completed a BA (University of Cambridge) in 1973, a MAg in 1976 in Papua New Guinea, and a PhD from Cambridge in 1979.

ID: 158308

Most frequent journals
  • Euphytica

    ISSNs: 0014-2336, 1573-5060


    Scopus rating (2017): SJR 0.742 SNIP 1.013

    Journal: ERA2018

  • Crop Science

    ISSNs: 0011-183X, 1435-0653

    Crop Science Society of America

    Scopus rating (2017): SJR 0.789 SNIP 1.002

    Journal: ERA2018

  • Experimental Agriculture

    ISSNs: 0014-4797, 1469-4441

    Cambridge University Press

    Scopus rating (2017): SJR 0.542 SNIP 0.925

    Journal: ERA2018

  • Journal of Agricultural Science

    ISSNs: 0021-8596, 1469-5146

    Cambridge University Press

    Scopus rating (2017): SJR 0.563 SNIP 0.749

    Journal: ERA2018

  • Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution

    ISSNs: 0075-7209, 0925-9864, 1573-5109


    Scopus rating (2017): SJR 0.524 SNIP 1.013

    Journal: ERA2018

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