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Kaye E. Basford

Kaye E. Basford

Vice Chair, Board of Trustees


Kaye Basford is a Professor in Biometry at the University of Queensland, where she is currently Head of the School of Biomedical Sciences.  She was previously President of the Academic Board (2012-14) and Head of the School of Land, Crop and Food Sciences (2001-10).

Kaye is a Past President of the International Biometric Society, the Statistical Society of Australia Inc. and the Queensland Zone of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology. Her academic focus has been on the analysis and interpretation of data from large-scale multi-environment plant breeding experiments; such as those conducted by the international agricultural research centers.

Her first book, McLachlan and Basford (1988), presented the theory and application of the mixture method of clustering. While her second, Basford and Tukey (1999), detailed various graphical approaches to analyzing multiresponse data. Kaye has published extensively in the peer-reviewed literature (12 book chapters and 122 journal articles), produced 5 statistical packages, 11 commissioned reports and 22 technical reports, and has supervised/co-supervised 25 PhD and 4 MPhil graduates. Kaye has attracted competitive research funds from government and industry bodies. This includes the high-profile Australian Centre for Plant functional Genomics (ACPFG), a joint $45M initiative based in Adelaide, but with nodes in Melbourne and Brisbane.

In 1998 Kaye was awarded the highest possible accolade from the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology - the Australian Medal for Agriculture. In 2006, she was awarded a Fellowship with the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering for having developed statistical methods that are used worldwide to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of crop breeding programs. She is currently Vice President of this Academy.