Bruce McCorkell


Bruce joined NSW DPI, at Tamworth Agricultural Institute, in 2003 following six years in Hobart as a biometrician with the Tasmanian Deptartment of Primary Industries, Water and Environment (DPIWE).

He currently provides a statistical consultancy service to DPI researchers in Tamworth, Narrabri, Armidale and Glen Innes.

Prior to 1997 he taught in post-secondary institutions:

  • 1993-94 (Burdekin Agricultural College, Clare, NQ) – farm management, communication, computer applications.
  • 1984-92 (Victorian College of Agriculture and Horticulture – Longerenong campus, Horsham, Victoria) – land use management, agricultural ecology, communication, experimentation and biometrics, irrigation design and management.
  • 1981-82 (Riverina CAE, Wagga Wagga, NSW) – agricultural engineering (irrigation, soil conservation)

He sharefarmed an irrigated property near Withcott, Queensland, in 1982-83, growing capsicums, shallots and zucchinis.


  • B.App.Sc. (Rur.Tech.) – Queensland Agricultural College, 1980
  • MBA – James Cook University, 1995
  • Grad.Dip.Sc.(Statistical applications) – University of Tasmania, 1999

Recent publications

Ayres JF, Kelman WM, Wiedemann SG, Lane LA, McCorkell BE (2008) Developing birdsfoot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus L.) varieties for permanent pasture applications in low latitude regions of eastern Australia. Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture 48; 488-98.

Ayres JF, Kelman WM, Lane LA, McCorkell BE (2007) Regeneration characteristics of birdsfoot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus L.) under low latitude environments in eastern Australia. Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture 47: 833-43.

O’Halloran W, Shands C, Duddy G, McCorkell B, McLeod B, Lollback M (2007) A comparison of predictive methods for the determination of fatness and condition in sheep – stage 2, 2006, NSW, Final Report, Meat and Livestock Australia Limited, Sydney.

Ayres JF, Kelman WM, McCorkell BE, Lane LA (2007) Characteristics of greater lotus (Lotus uliginosus Schkuhr) populations grown under low latitude conditions in eastern Australia. Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture 47: 17-24.

Hegarty RS, Goopy JP, Herd R, McCorkell BE (2007), Cattle selected for lower residual feed intake have reduced daily methane production, Journal of Animal Science 85: 1479-86.

Professional associations and activities

  • Member, International Biometric Society

Fields of research

  • 010404 Applied Statistics

Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC)