Julia Severi

Extension Scientist

Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences with Honours/Bachelor of International Development

Julia is the first port of call for growers and advisors seeking help with broadacre crops and pasture critters. Whether it’s by mail, twitter or phone, she loves the challenge of identifying invertebrate pests and beneficials found on farm. She is also a writer and editor of PestFacts south-eastern, and is passionate about communicating clear and impactful messages about sustainable pest management.

It was Julia’s fascination with the journey of food from paddock to plate that inspired her to study a bachelor’s degree in agricultural sciences (Honours) and international development. At university, she was particularly captivated by pest and disease management and soil science. Prior to joining Cesar in 2016, she could be found assessing crops and running field trials as a graduate research agronomist with Agriculture Victoria.

Wang X, Tang C, Severi J, Butterly CR, Baldock JA. Rhizosphere priming effect on soil organic carbon decomposition under plant species differing in soil acidification and root exudation.  New Phytologist 211, 864 – 873.