Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Yann Guisard

Dr Yann Guisard

BVit (CSU), BAppSc (Honours)(UQ), PhD (CSU)

Yann completed a Bachelor in Viticulture at CSU and an Honours degree at the University of Queensland, establishing statistical allometric models for the prediction of grapevine leaf area.  Following a period in industry, he completed a PhD in viticulture, observing the physiological response of grapevines to water stress comparing a traditional pressure chamber to a novel thermal imagery methodology to predict the onset of the closure of leaf stomata.

Yann was originally employed at CSU as a lecturer in Horticultural Production.  He was the coordinator for a range of horticulture and viticulture subjects, but also taught aspects of statistics and information systems to undergraduate and postgraduate agricultural students.

Yann was appointed as the School of Agricultural and Wine Science's first Courses Director.  As such, his duties include the design, evaluation and review of all courses in the school.  This includes the articulation and integration of pedagogical concepts in our Agricultural and Science Courses and the management and administration of staff and institutional processes required to successfully  induce and manage change in academia.

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The position of Courses Director in the School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences does not include teaching duties.  Yann continues to teach through invited lectures.

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Research Interests

  • The integration of scientific knowledge in functional structural plant models (FSPM) of orchards and vineyards for the purpose of improving water use efficiency through radiative and thermal studies. 
  • Understanding the important factors contributing to the first year student experience at University.
  • The design, implementation and evaluation of modern curricula.

Current Research Projects

  • 2013-2014 A consensus approach to defining standards for learning outcomes and informing curricula design for agriculture.  Funded by the Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) $219,000.  Collaborating partners:  Dr Tina Botwight Acuna (UTas), Dr Jo-Anne Kelder (UTas), Dr Richard Doyle (UTas), Prof Holger Meinke (UTas), A/Prof Amanda Able (Adel), Prof Bill Bellotti (UWS), Dr Elizabeth Johnson (La Trobe).
  • 2010-2014 Water use and the irrigation of Hazelnuts in Australia.  Funded by the Rural Industry Research Development Corporation (RIRDC) $14,450.  Collaborating scientist:  Mr Basil Baldwin (CSU), Mr Dennis Hodgkins (CSU).

Research Students 

PhD Students
  • Basil Baldwin "The floral phenology, growth and productivity of Hazelnut genotypes (Crylus avellana L.) in Australia". The University of Sydney (Submitted 2013).
  • Maihemuti Kare "The role the root environment on nutrient and water uptake in grapevines". Commenced 2012.
  • Carl Sudholz  "Designing and evaluating cultural agdecision support systems".

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Professional Memberships

  • Member of the International Society for Horticultural Science
  • Member of the Australian Society for Horticultural Science

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Recent Publications

View Dr Guisard's publications on CRO.

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