Gavin Ash completed a BSc (Honours) at the University of New England (UNE) with a major in Plant Pathology. He then worked as a Technical Officer with a company supplying decision support tools for pest management to cotton growers in New South Wales and southern Queensland.
He returned to UNE to complete his PhD on the "Epidemiology and Managment of Stripe Rust of Wheat". He worked as a Plant Pathologist with the Queensland Department of Primary Industries at the Leslie Centre in Toowoomba before taking up a lecturing position at Charles Sturt University in 1990.
He has undertaken research in Canada, the USA, France and Italy as well as managing projects in Cambodia, South Korea and East Timor.
Gavin has diverse interests in research including biological control of insects, molluscs and plant diseases; comparative geonomics of bacterial and fungal plant pathogens; and biosecurity.
Professor Ash is a member of the Wagga Wagga Plant & Invertebrate Pathology Group.