Neil Coombes is a Biometrician with NSW Department of Primary Industries. He joined the NSW Department of Agriculture and Fisheries* in 1989 and worked in a number of consulting roles before commencing a PhD in 1999 to research design efficiency in the presence of correlation. Following this research he developed a program, DiGGer, which searches for efficient designs under specified correlation structures. He is currently adapting DiGGer software to run in the R statistical software environment and with the Katmandoo database.
*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.
Cullis BR, Smith AB, and Coombes NE (2006). On the design of early generation variety trials with correlated data. Journal of Agricultural, Biological & Environmental Statistics, 11: 381-393