Research interests

  • Forest health surveillance
  • Pest and disease management
  • Fungal taxonomy
  • Tree improvement


Angus Carnegie is a Senior Research Scientist in DPI’s Science & Research Division. He leads the Forest Health Survey Unit within Forest Health Management, Forest Resources Research. The FHSU conducts annual surveys of pine and eucalypt plantations managed by Forestry Corporation and provides recommendations on pest, disease and general forest health management.

Angus has a background in forest pathology, fungal taxonomy and tree improvement. He began his career with State Forests of NSW* in 1996 as a forest health surveillance officer and now manages the unit.

He has extensive experience in forest health surveillance and pest and disease management, including consultancies in South Africa and the USA. He has written over 32 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and published three field guides/books.

*NSW Department of Primary Industries was formed on July 1, 2004 through an amalgamation of NSW Agriculture, NSW Fisheries, State Forests of NSW and the NSW Department of Mineral Resources.


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

Current projects

  • Improving the efficiency and accuracy of forest health surveillance
  • Tree improvement of eucalypt plantations in subtropical Australia
  • Taxonomy of eucalypt leaf fungi
  • Pest management in pine plantations (e.g. Sirex woodwasp)
  • Pest and disease management in eucalypt plantations (e.g. Creiis psyllid, Quambalaria shoot blight)

Recent publications

Pegg GS, Carnegie AJ, O’Dwyer C, Burgess TI, Wingfield MJ, Drenth A (2008) Quambalaria species associated plantation and native eucalypts in Australia. Plant Pathology (in press)

Andjic V, Barber PA, Carnegie AJ, Hardy GStJ, Wingfield MJ, Burgess TI (2007) Phylogenetic reassessment supports accommodation of Phaeophleospora and Colletogloeopsis from eucalypts in Kirramyces. Mycological Research 111, 1184-1198.

Carnegie AJ, Burgess T, Beilharz V, Wingfield MJ (2007) New species of Mycosphaerella from Myrtaceae in plantations and native forests in New South Wales, Australia. Mycologia 99, 461-474.

Crous PW, Summerell BA, Carnegie AJ, Mohammed C, Himaman W., Groenewald JZ (2007) Follicolous Mycosphaerella spp. and their anamorphs on Corymbia and Eucalyptus. Fungal Diversity 26, 143-185.

Carnegie AJ (2007) Forest health condition in New South Wales, Australia, 1996 2005.  I. Fungi recorded in eucalypt plantations during forest health surveys. Australasian Plant Pathology 36, 213-224.

Carnegie AJ (2007) Forest health condition in New South Wales, Australia, 1996–2005.  II.  Fungal damage recorded in eucalypt plantations during forest health surveys and their management.  Australasian Plant Pathology 36, 225-239.

Zhou XD, Burgess TI, de Beer ZW, Lieutier F, Yart A, Klepzig K, Carnegie AJ, Portales JM, Wingfield BD & Wingfield MJ (2007) High intercontinental migration rates and population admixture in the sapstain fungus Ophiostoma ips. Molecular Ecology 16, 89-99.

Carnegie AJ, Stone C, Lawson SA & Matsuki M (2006) Can we grow certified eucalypt plantations in subtropical Australia? – An insect pest management perspective. New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science 35, 223-245.

Carnegie AJ, Matsuki M, Hurley BP, Ahumada R, Haugen DA, Klasmer P, Jianghua Sun & Iede ET (2006) Predicting the potential distribution of Sirex noctilio (Hymenoptera: Siricidae), a significant exotic pest of Pinus plantations. Annals of Forest Science 63, 119-128.

Carnegie AJ and Ades PK (2005) Variation in Eucalyptus globulus in susceptibility of adult foliage to leaf diseases caused by species of Mycosphaerella. Silvae Genetica 54, 174-184.

Carnegie AJ, Eldridge RH and Waterson DG (2005) The history and management of sirex wood wasp, Sirex noctilio (Hymenoptera: Siricidae), in New South Wales, Australia. New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science 35, 3 24.

Carnegie AJ & Angel P (2005) Creiis lituratus (Froggatt) (Hemiptera: Psyllidae): a new insect pest of Eucalyptus dunnii plantations in sub-tropical Australia. Australian Forestry 68, 58 63.

Carnegie AJ (2002) Field Guide to common pests and diseases in eucalypt plantations in NSW. State Forests of NSW, Sydney, Australia. 80pp.

Professional associations and activities

  • Member Australasian Plant Pathology Society
  • Member Australian Entomological Society.
  • Member Australasian Mycological Society.

Fields of research

  • 070505 Forestry Pests, Health and Diseases
  • 070507 Tree Improvement (Selection and breeding)
  • 070504 Forestry Management and Environment
  • 060505 Mycology

Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC)

Keyword/phrase list of research interests

  • Forest Health
  • Tree Breeding
  • Pest & Disease Management
  • Fungal Taxonomy