Personal Biography of Dr. Gary P. Fitt
Dr. Gary P. Fitt is a senior principal research scientist in CSIRO, the Australian government’s national research agency, where is Assistant Chief of the Division of Entomology. Dr. Fitt has a long background in research related to ecologically based pest management systems, insect pest ecology and behaviour, and the evaluation and management of GM crops. He joined CSIRO in 1983 and worked at the Australian Cotton Research Institute, Narrabri for 20 years, researching the ecology and management of Helicoverpa spp., the most devastating pests of field crops in Australia. Since1992 he has been involved with research on insect-tolerant GM cottons and prior to their commercial release in 1996 he coordinated the development of the pre-emptive management strategies to protect the technology from the evolution of resistance by Helicoverpa. Dr. Fitt was Program Leader for Cotton in CSIRO for 10 years from 1990 and the CEO of the Australian Cotton Cooperative Research Centre from 1999-2003. Dr. Fitt has worked on collaborative projects across Australia and internationally, particularly in relation to cotton systems. He is currently Chair of the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) Expert Panel on Cotton Biotechnology, executive member of the IOBC Global Working on GM Crops in IPM and Board Director of the Cotton Catchment Communities Cooperative research Centre.