Michael Poole is an Honorary Research Associate in the UWA School of Agriculture and Environment within the Faculty of Science. He has many years experience in research and application of science, and research administration in agriculture and the environment. In agriculture he has wide knowledge of broadacre farming systems especially in crop production and cropping systems.
He also has expertise in bringing new agricultural commodities and technologies to commercial reality. The canola industry, export hay industry and new crop establishment techniques are examples.
He has experience of environmental science, with a particular interest in the interplay between the environment and rural and urban development, and impacts on biodiversity, and soil and water conditions.
In the Western Australian Department of Agriculture he went from a research career to Director of Enterprise Development and Executive Director of Plant Industries. In CSIRO he was the Executive Chairman of the CSIRO Centre for the Environment and Life Sciences, Merger Chief of CSIRO Land and Water, and a Program Leader in the CSIRO Division of Plant Industries.
He has chaired or been a member of many Australian and Western Australian boards and committees. At present he is a consultant to Industry and Government in agriculture and the environment.
He has received recognition as a Member of the Order of Australia, Centenary Medal of Australia, Farrer Medal, Urrbrae Medal, and is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Agriculture.