Dr Jill Fernandes

Research Officer

Centre for Animal Science
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
+61 7 334 62264


Dr Fernandes is a medical entomologist at the Centre for Animal Science at the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation. Her research focuses on global and national policies for mosquito-borne disease control and specifically on how to shape policy to enhance preparedness for disease outbreaks. Her experimental research has focused on the use of remote sensing technologies, such as near-infrared spectroscopy, to monitor and assess biological systems.

Research Interests

  • Evidence-based policy
  • Collaboration and consultation
  • Science and innovation policy
  • Infectious diseases - outbreak prevention
  • Spectroscopy & remote sensing
  • Vector-borne diseases
  • One Health
  • Livestock welfare

Research Impacts

Dr Fernandes has an interest in science policy research. She is particularly curious about how new remote sensing technologies can be transitioned into use by the agriculture and public health sectors. Her passion lies in promoting collaboration among researchers and in shaping the direction of science and policy to answer the needs of government, industry, and society. She is a strong advocate of Open Science and strives to foster new communication networks among researchers, funders, and policymakers. Dr Fernandes is also committed to advancing the field of entomology through offering capacity building workshops for junior entomologists from primary school children to early career researchers.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Miami


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