Meet the team:
Jack Koci is President of RAID. Jack completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in Hydrology and Water Resources with Honours at James Cook University, Cairns. From 2013 to 2015, Jack worked as a Research Officer at ACIAR, involved in the Soil Management and Crop Nutrition, Land and Water Resources and Forestry Research Program Areas. He is now completing a PhD at the University of the Sunshine Coast, investigating the hydrological processes driving gully erosion and associated sediment and nutrient loss from grazed tropical savannas in northern Australia.
Carl Menke is Treasurer at RAID and a Research Graduate Officer in the Natural Resource Management Cluster at ACIAR. Carl completed his undergraduate in environmental management with honours at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, before starting his masters in soil and plant nutrient cycling within a rehabilitation context. He is very interested in the sustainable management of soil and plants systems to maximise long term growth, as well as novel agricultural and communication technologies.
Jenny Hanks is the Secretary of RAID. Jenny completed a veterinary degree at Charles Sturt University where her first experience in R4D was in Pakistan on a dairy development project. Since completing her degree Jenny has volunteered on an ACIAR project in Laos, was a grad at ACIAR for two years and now works as a project coordinator for the University of Melbourne on a smallholder farmer project in Myanmar.
Jack Hetherington is the Vice President of RAID. Jack completed a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience at Sydney University majoring in Production Animals. In his final year Jack undertook an Honours project assessing the relationship of livestock ownership and food security indicators throughout the Millennium Villages. Currently, he is a Research Program Officer at ACIAR and has been coordinating a series of research activities evaluating mobile technology for data collection.
Miriam McCormack is on RAID Central Committee as an Events Director alongside Jack Hetherington. Miriam is currently working as a Research Program Officer at ACIAR, Canberra, after starting last year as a Graduate officer. In 2015 she completed my Bachelor Agricultural Science (Honours) at UTAS, Hobart. Her honours thesis focused on the knowledge transfer and technology adoption of smallholder beef farmers on the south central coast of Vietnam. Miriam is interested in farmer decision making and motivation. This year her work is focusing on gender and agricultural extension in international research for development projects.
David McGill works with Skye Gabb on maintaining RAIDs communication and social media. David completed a Bachelors of Agricultural Science at the University of Sydney and his PhD at Charles Sturt University working on quantitative genetics. Over the last eight years David has been the project manager/leader of an ACIAR project working on improving small-holder dairy production by working with local extension and research departments. In early 2016 David started working at the University of Melbourne in an international R4D role in animal production. His interests vary widely ranging from genetics and epidemiology to impact assessment using the big data we can capture using mobile technology - and of course continuing with his strong links and partners in Pakistan.
Madaline Healey is responsible for coordinating partnerships and sponsorship between RAID organisations and networks. Madaline studied a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at Melbourne University and a PhD in thrips ecology at CQU before heading off to Laos as a volunteer entomologist. On returning to Australia in 2015, Madaline started working at the University of the Sunshine Coast on ACIAR projects in Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam. Her interests are integrated pest management, biological control and all things veggies.
Rowan Smith is a RAID committee member supporting the events, partnerships and finance roles. Rowan completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree at the University of Tasmania (UTAS) in Hobart. In 2012, Rowan completed a PhD at UTAs working on the impacts of wildlife grazing on pastures in Tasmania. In 2013 Rowan began coordinating an ACIAR project working on developing productive and profitable smallholder beef enterprises in Central Vietnam. Rowan's research interest focuses primarily on pasture and forage production as well as herbage development. Rowan is a self-confessed sports nut!
Thomas Williams joins the communications team in 2017 after acting as a state rep. He completed a Bachelor of Animal Science with Honours at Charles Sturt University and in 2015 commenced his PhD studies, investigating the management of gastrointestinal parasites in dairy buffalo in both Pakistan and Australia. In the future Thomas hopes to continue a career in research focusing on livestock production systems, with close linkages to farmers and industry. Thomas’ interests are not limited, but recurring topics include epidemiology, utilising technology on farm, parasites, and beef. When he’s not talking worms, Thomas is an avid cricket, snow, camping, and fishing enthusiast.