Sandra McDougall

Research interests

  • Developing integrated pest management systems
  • Adapting research outputs into practical information and training tools to facilitate adoption of new practices


Dr Sandra McDougall is a member of the Southern Cropping Systems Management Team and leads the irrigated broadacre research and development staff in southern NSW at the Yanco Agricultural Institute.

She works collaboratively with growers, industry, research scientists and extension specialists to find science-based, practical solutions to grower recognised production issues.

Sandra’s professional interests are in developing integrated pest management systems, including turning research outputs into practical information, and training tools to facilitate adoption of new practices.

This has recently broadened from vegetable integrated pest management to integrated crop management and broadacre irrigated crops.

A recent achievement is obtaining funding for a Southern Cotton Integrated Pest Management project. This project will focus on thrips management and review whether the integrated pest management recommendations developed in the north are applicable in the southern cotton production areas.

Sandra is developing her understanding of broadacre-crop agronomy, and the research and development issues and priorities for rice, pulse, maize and cotton growers.


  • BSc (Hons I) Zoology, Australian National University, 1990
  • PhD Entomology (Biological Control), University of California at Berkeley (USA), 1995

Current projects

  • Southern Cotton IPM
  • Vegetable Integrated Crop Management in Australian and Philippines

Recent publications

Gaynor, L & McDougall, S 2014, Irrigated faba beans – a profitable break crop for irrigators in southern regions, GRDC Regional Irrigated Fast Track Project 26 pp. NSW DPI.

McDougall, S, Watson, A, Stodart, B, Napier, T, Kelly, G, Troldahl, D & Tesoriero, L 2013, Tomato, capsicum, chilli and eggplant: a field guide for the identification of insect pests, beneficials, diseases and disorders in Australia and Cambodia, ACIAR Monograph No. 157, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research: Canberra.

McDougall, S et al. 2012, The delivery of IPM for the lettuce industry–an extension to VG05 044, Horticulture Australia Ltd.

Thompson, L, Scholefield Robinson Horticultural Services & McDougall, S 2011, Final Report National Vegetable IPM Coordinator, Project Number: VG09191, Horticulture Australia Ltd.

McDougall S et al. 2012, ‘IPM Continuum—a useful tool to support IPM adoption? Presentation, Integrated Pest Management for our environment, for our future: 7th International IPM Symposium, Memphis, USA, 27–29 March 2012.

McDougall, S, Troldahl, D & Napier, T 2011 ‘Lettuce Crop Protection Toolkit’ (DVD), NSW Dpt of Primary Industries.

Professional associations and activities

  • Australian Entomological Society
  • Member, Australian Cotton Researchers Association (ACRA)
  • Member, Entomological Society of America
  • Member, Australian and Pacific Extension Network (APEN)

Contact details

Location: Yanco Agricultural Institute