Jessica Fearnley

Research interests

  • Plant-soil interactions
  • International research including exports and markets
  • Irrigation and water management, including the effects of climate change on orchards
  • Integrated pest and disease management


  • Joined the DPI in January 2019
  • Recently graduated from university with a Bachelor of Rural Science with First Class Honours
  • Recipient of the Crawford Fund Student Award which was paired with two months travel to Cambodia as part of an ACIAR project identifying potential fruit tree replacements for Cassava crops. Specifically, we were benchmarking the pests and diseases of northwest Cambodian fruit trees.
  • Throughout University I have been involved with various committees and boards including UNE’s Farming Futures, UNE’s Rural Science Undergraduate Society and International Student Ambassador


  • BRuSc (Hons), University of New England, 2018

Current projects

  • Benchmarking the Orange District Apple Industry
  • Future Orchards Front Line Advisor

Contact details

Email: jessica.fearnley@dpi.nsw.gov.au
Mobile: 0437 284 010