Johanna Pluske


  • The University of Western Australia (M089), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 490 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
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Personal profile

Roles and responsibilities

Bio-economic modelling
Cost-benefit analysis
Economics of biotechnology and plant breeding
Extension and adoption of agricultural innovations
Natural resource economics and management
Sustainable resource management
Weed and pest management

Funding overview

Jo is about to begin working on a CSIRO funded project focusing on consumer attitudes to reproduction technology in livestock production. She is interested in any project ideas and funding that seek to investigate issues in animal science and economics and/or extension.

Previous positions

Economist Agriculture Protection Board Western Australia
Economist Department of Agriculture Western Australia
Business Analyst Massey University New Zealand

Current projects

Opportunities for Postgrads and Honours Students:
Any prospective students who share Jo’s interests in research are welcome to discuss their ideas for projects with her. A few ideas for honours students may be in the areas of:

· Meat quality of Damara station sheep in comparison to sheep produced in Southwest Australia;

· The advantages of Dorper sheep in the Australian environment;

· Pig production in a low-cost shelter.

Teaching overview

Most of Jo’s undergraduate teaching is in Level 1 economics units. She also is involved a Level 3 communications unit. Jo is also particularly interested in research in teaching and learning and integrating new ideas into her teaching. Recent publications include the following:

Brown, EJ and Pluske, J (2007) An application of learning and teaching styles: A case study of science and engineering seminars. In Student Engagement. Proceedings of the 16th Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 30-31 January 2007. Perth: The University of Western Australia.

Hutton, P and Pluske, J (2006) University units specialising in scientific communication are valuable for teaching generic skills. In Experience of Learning. Proceedings of the 15th Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 1-2 February 2006. Perth: The University of Western Australia.

Pluske, J and Holmes, T (2006) Incentives for adopting teaching initiatives in science. In Experience of Learning. Proceedings of the 15th Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 1-2 February 2006. Perth: The University of Western Australia.


Jo has worked in a wide range of agricultural and natural resource topics. Currently she is particularly interested in multidisciplinary research integrating scientific and economic research and planning in animal and related industries.

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Research Output 1995 2015

  • 490 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
  • 15 Article
  • 5 Chapter
  • 3 Conference paper
4 Citations (Scopus)

Preference stability and choice consistency in discrete choice experiments

Rigby, D., Burton, M. & Pluske, J., 2015, In : ENVIRONMENTAL AND RESOUCE ECONOMICS. 65, 2, p. 441-461

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Food technology
Stem cells

Integrating science within the West Australian Rural Towns Liquid Assets project

Barron, O., Turner, J., Barr, A., Smales, T., Pridham, M., Burton, M. & Pluske, J., 2010, Integrated Mission-Directed Research: Experiences from Environmental and Natural Resource Management. Proctor, W., Kerkhoff, L. V. & Dodds, S. H. (eds.). Australia: CSIRO Publishing, p. 145-163

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Weather and Wethers: effect of wind, temperature and rain on sheep feedlot production

Pluske, J., Slade, A. M. & Vercoe, P. E., 2010, In : Australasian Agribusiness Review. 18, p. 193-214 11.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

thermal stress
8 Citations (Scopus)

Economic management of anthelmintic resistance:model and application*

Pech, C. L., Doole, G. & Pluske, J., 2009, In : The Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics. 53, 4, p. 585-602

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

refuge habitats
chemical control

Projects 2003 2006