Professor Victor Galea

Deputy Head of School

School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Faculty of Science
+61 7 54601 282


I identify myself as a plant pathologist specialising in the study of fungal pathogens of all manner of plants from agricultural and natural settings. My research career has spanned various areas of interest from horticultural and agricultural crop diseases, the development of disease forecasting systems, the study of soil mycorrhizal fungi, the use of beneficial microbes in promoting soil health and plant disease management and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

A key area of development has been the investigation of dieback disorders of invasive woody weeds in the Australian landscape. This has resulted in the development of a bioherbicide for the invasive weed Parkinsonia and the establishment of a start-up company - BioHerbicides Australia (BHA). BHA now produces this bioherbicide (which is a registered product) and has developed a range of synthetic herbicide products along with the delivery technology required for field implementation. My research team bioprospects for new control agents for a range of woody weeds (there are many) and also explores the use of synthetic herbicides. My research takes me to many interesting locations in outback Queensland, the Northern Territory, Western Australia and New South Wales. I am interested in many weed species including mimosa bush, chinee apple, celtis, prickly acacia, athel pine, mesquite and various cacti.

I have been Deputy Head of School (Gatton) since 2013 where my main function has been to support the HoS as we develop this school through a process of growth and change with recruitment of new staff, development of new processes and teams and create a true sense of collegiality across both campus locations. We have taken Agriculture at UQ from an international ranking of #7 in 2016 to #2 in 2021. Apart from administrative tasks, my key role is to support and develop new staff to settle into their academic jobs, assist them with achieving milestones and probation and manage their development of KPIs and career development.


  • Graduate Cer Education, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science, La Trobe University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, La Trobe University


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  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Stewart, Terry M., MacIntyre, William R. and Galea, Victor J. (2005). Challenge FRAP - A combination guide and reporting tool for problem-based exercises. Towards sustainable and scalable educational innovations informed by the learning sciences : sharing good practices of research, experimentation and innovation. (pp. 444-451) edited by Chee-Kit Looi, David H Jonassen and Mitsuru Ikeda. Washington DC U.S.A.: IOS Press.

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  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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