Angus Carnegie

Research interests

  • Forest health surveillance
  • Forest biosecurity
  • Pest and disease management
  • Impact of invasive species


Dr Angus Carnegie is a Senior Principal Research Scientist in the Forest Science Unit, NSW DPI; Adjunct Professor at Southern Cross University; and Fellow of the Australasian Plant Pathology Society. Angus’ team undertake forest health and biosecurity surveillance to protect planted, native and amenity forests in NSW. He works closely with plantation growers to develop and implement management strategies to reduce the impact of pests and diseases, including biocontrol programs. Angus collaborates with biosecurity agencies within NSW and Australia to reduce the chance of exotic forest pests establishing and spreading.

Angus trained as a forest pathologist but is now also recognised as a forest entomologist, with extensive in-field experience in forest health and biosecurity. He collaborates on research projects both nationally and internationally, with a focus in recent years on: the impact of myrtle rust in Australian ecosystems; forest biosecurity; eucalypt foliar fungi; sirex woodwasp biocontrol; and enhancing forest surveillance methods. A new area of work is cross-cultural learning with Indigenous peoples to enhance biosecurity. Angus has published more than 120 peer-reviewed scientific papers.


  • B.Sc. (Honours) – La Trobe University (Melbourne) 1991
  • PhD Forest Pathology – The University of Melbourne 2000

Current projects

  • Impact of the invasive pathogen myrtle rust on Australia’s native flora
  • Enhancing biocontrol of sirex woodwasp in pine plantations
  • Using remote sensing technology and machine learning to enhance forest health and biosecurity surveillance
  • Identifying risks of drought-related mortality in pine plantations under current and future climates
  • Mycorrhizae in pine nurseries and plantations
  • Cross-cultural learning with Aboriginal Rangers to enhance biosecurity and manage the impact of invasive species

Recent publications

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Narhung HF, Carnegie AJ (2021) Border interceptions of forest insects established in Australia: intercepted invaders travel early and often.NeoBiota 64:69–86.

Pegg GS, Entwistle P, Giblin FR, Carnegie AJ (2020) Fire and rust – the impact of Austropuccinia psidii (myrtle rust) on regeneration of Myrtaceae in coastal heath following wildfire. Southern Forests 82:280–291.

Fensham RJ, Carnegie AJ, Laffineur B, Makinson RO, Pegg GS, Wills J (2020) Imminent extinction of Australian Myrtaceae by fungal disease. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 35, 555-557

Fernandez Winzer L, Berthon KA, Entwistle P, Manea A, Winzer N, Pegg GS, Carnegie AJ, Leishman MR (2020) Direct and indirect community effects of the invasive plant pathogen Austropuccinia psidii (myrtle rust) in eastern Australian rainforests. Biological Invasions 22:2537-2369

Windrim L, Carnegie AJ, Webster M, Bryson M (2020) Tree detection and health monitoring in multi-spectral aerial imagery and photogrammetric pointclouds using machine learning. Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing 13, 2552-2572

Crous PW, Wingfield MJ, Schumacher RK, Akulov A, Bulgakov TS, Carnegie AJ et al. (2020). New and Interesting Fungi. 3. Fungal Systematics and Evolution 6, 157-231.

Nahrung HF, Carnegie AJ. (2020) Non-native forest insects and pathogens in Australia: establishment, spread and impact. Frontiers in Global Change3(37) doi: 10.3389/ffgc.2020.00037

Fernandez Winzer L, Cuddy W, Pegg GS, Carnegie AJ, Manea A, Leishman MR (2020) Plant architecture, growth and biomass allocation effects of the invasive pathogen myrtle rust (Austropuccinia psidii) on Australian Myrtaceae species after fire. Austral Ecology 45:177-186.

Crous PW, Wingfield MJ, Cheewangkoon R,Carnegie AJ, Burgess TI, Summerell BA, Edwards J,Taylor PJW,Groenewald JZ (2019) Foliar pathogens of eucalypts. Studies in Mycology 94: 125–298

Dominiak BC, Worsley P, Millynn B, Carnegie AJ (2019) Expansion of sycamore lace bug Corythuca ciliate (Say) (Hemiptera: Tingidae) in New South Wales, Australia, between 2008 and 2019. General and Applied Entomology 47: 8-11

Carnegie AJ, Nahrung H (2019) Post-border forest biosecurity in Australia: response to recent exotic detections, current surveillance and ongoing needs. Forests 10:336

Andjic V, Carnegie AJ, Pegg GS, Hardy GEStJ, Maxwell A, Crous PW, Perez C, Wingfield MJ, Burgess TI, (2019) 23 years of research on Teratosphaeria leaf blight of Eucalyptus. Forest Ecology and Management 443:19-27.

Heim RHJ, Wright IJ, Scarth P, Carnegie AJ, Taylor D, Oldeland J (2019) Multispectral, aerial disease detection for myrtle rust (Austropuccinia psidii) on a lemon myrtle plantation. Drones3:25

Crous PW, Luangsa-ard JJ, Wingfield MJ, Carnegie AJ et al. (2018) Fungal Planet description sheets: 785–867. Persoonia – Molecular Phylogeny and Evolution of Fungi41:238-417

Yousuf F, Carnegie AJ, Bashford R, Nicol HI, Gurr GM (2018) The fungal matrices of Ophiostoma ips hinder movement of the biocontrol nematode agent, Deladenus siricidicola, disrupting management of the woodwasp, Sirex noctilio. BioControl 63:739-749.

Carnegie AJ, Pegg GS (2018) Lessons from the incursion of myrtle rust in Australia. Annual Review of Phytopathology 56:457-478.

Pegg GS, Lee DJ, Carnegie AJ (2018) Predicting impact of myrtle rust on broad leaved Melaleuca species populations in Australia. Australasian Plant Pathology 47:421–430.

Cameron NL, Wardlaw T, Carnegie AJ, Lawson SA, Venn T (2018) Costs and benefits of the leaf beetle Integrated Pest Management. II. Cost-benefit analysis. Australian Forestry 81:53-61.

Carnegie AJ, Venn T, Lawson SA, Nagel M, Wardlaw T, Cameron NL, Last I (2018) An analysis of pest risk and potential economic impact of pine wilt disease to Pinus plantations in Australia. Australian Forestry 81:24-36.

Carnegie AJ, Lawson S, Wardlaw T, Cameron N, Venn T (2018) Benchmarking forest health surveillance and biosecurity activities for managing Australia’s exotic forest pest and pathogen risks. Australian Forestry 81:14-23.

Lawson SA, Carnegie AJ, Cameron NL, Wardlaw T, Venn T. (2018) Risk of exotic pests to the Australian forest industry. Australian Forestry 81:3-13.

Fernandez LW, Carnegie AJ, Pegg GS, Leishman MR (2018) Impacts of the invasive fungus Austropuccinia psidii (myrtle rust) on three Australian Myrtaceae species of coastal swamp woodland. Austral Ecology 43:56-68.

Berthon K, Esperon-Rodrigues M, Beaumont L, Carnegie AJ, Leishman L (2018) Assessment and prioritisation of plant species at risk from myrtle rust (Austropuccinia psidii) under current and future climates in Australia. Biological Conservation 218:154-162.

Crous PW, Wingfield MJ, Burgess TI, Carnegie AJ et al. (2017) Fungal Planet Description Sheets: 625–715. Persoonia – Molecular Phylogeny and Evolution of Fungi 39:270-467

Pegg GS, Taylor T, Entwistle P, Guymer G, Giblin FG, Carnegie AJ (2017) Impact of Austropuccinia psidii on Myrtaceae rich wet sclerophyll forests in south-east Queensland. PLoS ONE 12(11): e0188058.

Professional associations and activities

  • Member Australasian Plant Pathology Society
  • Editorial Board Australasian Plant Pathology
  • Editorial Board Frontiers in Forests and Global Change
  • Editorial Board Forests

Fields of research

  • 070505 Forestry Pests, Health and Diseases
  • 070504 Forestry Management and Environment

Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC)

Keyword/phrase list of research interests

  • Forests
  • Biosecurity
  • Sustainability

Contact details

Location: Parramatta (Sydney)