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Personal profile

Personal profile

Professor Michael Friend was appointed to the position of Acting PVC, (Research and Innovation) in May 2019 following a secondment in this position since October 2018 and after also briefly serving in this role between July-September 2017. Michael has extensive international experience, having undertaken research in the UK and USA, and collaborated with researchers and educators from across the globe.  Michael is passionate about strengthening the University’s existing partnerships in education and research, and developing new partnerships.

Research Interests

Michael is a highly experienced researcher, having secured in excess of $10m in external grant income as Principal Investigator.  He has led several national programs and projects, spanning fields of animal nutrition, farming systems research and participatory action research.  He is a highly experienced research leader, having led the Future Farm Industries CRC New Livestock Systems Program between 2010-14, and more recently as Director of the University’s largest research Centre, the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation between 2015-18.

As CRC Program Leader, Michael oversaw the ‘EverGraze’ project, which was a finalist in the Sustainable Agriculture category for the Eureka Prizes in 2014, while the ‘Enrich’ project within the New Livestock Systems Program was the winner in the category in 2013.  As Director of the Graham Centre, Michael developed the Centre’s new Strategic Plan, restructured the Centre, and oversaw record growth in external income.  Michael has over 100 refereed publications, and has supervised more than 15 PhD and MPhil students, and numerous Honours students.


Michael has over 20 years of university teaching experience , having taught animal science subjects at both Charles Sturt University and University of Tasmania.  He has held various leadership positions in teaching, including as Chair of Learning and Teaching Committees and Discipline Leader.

Education/Academic qualification

Animal Nutrition, PhD, The University of New South Wales

Award Date: 24 Nov 1998

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Research Output

  • Do calcium and magnesium deficiencies in reproducing ewes contribute to high lamb mortality?

    Friend, M. A., Bhanugopan, M. S., McGrath, S. R., Edwards, J. H., Hancock, S., Loudon, K., Miller, D., McGilchrist, P., Refshauge, G., Robertson, S. M., Thompson, A. N. & Masters, D. G., 01 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Animal Production Science.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    16 Downloads (Pure)
  • Activities

    • 3 Internal HDR Supervision
    • 1 Workshop/course/forum
    • 1 Public event
    • 1 Public lecture/debate/seminar/presentation

    eXtended Reality Centre (XRC) Industry Day

    Eleanor Stuart (Organiser), Sarah Redshaw (Organiser), Elizabeth Wulff (Organiser), Andrew Hagan (Speaker), Zeynep Tacgin (Speaker), Rafael de Lima (Speaker), Eleanor Stuart (Speaker), Kumar Raghav (Speaker), Bruce Pennay (Speaker), Paul Grover (Speaker), Jonathan Medway (Speaker), Sam Bowker (Speaker), Ashad Kabir (Speaker), Bernard Higgins (Speaker), Ilena Young (Participant), Erica Yates (Speaker) & Michael Friend (Speaker)

    24 Oct 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic lecture/debate/seminar/presentationAcademic

    eXtended Reality Centre (XRC) Industry Day

    Eleanor Stuart (Organiser), Sarah Redshaw (Organiser), Elizabeth Wulff (Organiser), Andrew Hagan (Speaker), James (Uncle) Ingram (Invited speaker), Michael Friend (Invited speaker), Trent Dean (Speaker), Rachael Bryant (Speaker), Sam Bowker (Speaker), Dominic Kennedy (Speaker), Jonathan Medway (Speaker), Marily Cintra (Speaker), Bernard Higgins (Speaker), Tim Gentle (Speaker), Dev Mukherjee (Speaker), Donovan Jones (Speaker), Melanie Randall (Speaker), Eleanor Stuart (Speaker) & Annette Davies (Participant)

    11 Dec 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic eventIndustry

    Supervision Research Higher Degree Students

    Marie Bhanugopan (Examiner), Shawn McGrath (Examiner), Geoffrey Dutton (Examiner), Andrew Peters (Examiner) & Michael Friend (Examiner)


    Activity: Supervision/Examination/MentoringInternal HDR Supervision

    Supervising Honours Students

    Michael Friend (Examiner), Shawn McGrath (Examiner) & Marie Bhanugopan (Examiner)


    Activity: Supervision/Examination/MentoringInternal HDR Supervision

    Supervising Honours Students

    Shawn McGrath (Examiner), Maxwell Allworth (Examiner), Marie Bhanugopan (Examiner) & Michael Friend (Examiner)


    Activity: Supervision/Examination/MentoringInternal HDR Supervision

    Press / Media

    'New water' could be key to inland river existence

    Michael Friend


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    New water could be key to untapping river system solutions

    James Pratley & Michael Friend


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Press / Media