Jane Kelly

Dr Jane Kelly

Livestock production

Agricultural, Environmental and Veterinary Sciences


Dr Jane Kelly is a lecturer in livestock production management at Charles Sturt University within the School of Agricultural, Environmental and Veterinary Sciences. Prior to her appointment with the University, Jane was primarily engaged in livestock consultancy and extension with NSW Department of Primary Industries and conducted weed and grazing research during that time and worked on projects associated with impacts of botanical composition on wool quality and the impacts of weed seed contamination on weaner lamb production.

Jane's expertise is largely concentrated on the nexus between livestock production, grazing systems and weed management. Following on from her research on seed contamination, her PhD focussed on investigating the management and costs associated with weed seed carcass contamination in lambs from barley grass.

Her current research interests include the application of detection technologies for weed surveillance in agricultural and natural landscapes, the impacts of weeds on livestock health and productivity and the dispersal of weed populations by livestock in high rainfall/cool climate environments. She is also exploring the application of alternate detection technologies for biosecurity surveillance.

Jane's current project is aiming to break down barriers and explore the opportunities and limitations that currently exist in the use of remote sensing technology for weed detection within complex landscapes. Along with her colleagues, she has begun building a Remote Detection Community of Practice for knowledge and information sharing by land managers across Australia, in addition to the construction of a set of guidelines that will help to facilitate greater uptake of remote sensing technology amongst Australia’s weed community. A Gulbali institute researcher, she hopes that she and her team will be able to build a “remote detection hub” at Charles Sturt University/Gulbali, a national go-to location pertaining to all aspects relating to the use of remote detection for plant and livestock biosecurity.

  • Weed seed dispersal and population spread via animals in high altitude landscapes
  • The impacts of hooved animals on high altitude ecosystems
  • Reducing the impacts of weeds on livestock production
  • Integrated management of weeds in high rainfall/cool climate landscapes
  • The application of detection technologies in livestock and plant systems
Full publications list on CRO

Recent Publications

  • Amarasingam, N., Hamilton, M., Kelly, J. E., Zheng, L., Sandino, J., Gonzalez, F., Dehaan, R. L., & Cherry, H. (2023). Autonomous detection of mouse-ear hawkweed using drones, multispectral imagery and supervised machine learning. Remote Sensing, 15(6), [1633]. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs15061633
  • Zheng, L., Rahaman, M., Hamilton, M. A., Dehaan, R., Gonzalez, F., Kelly, J., & Cherry, H. (Accepted/In press). Remote Tiny Weeds Detection. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science: 10th Pacific-Rim Symposium, PSIVT 2022, Virtual Event, November 12–14, 2022, Proceedings (Vol. 13763).
  • Kelly, JE., Behrendt, K., & Quinn, JC. (2023). Simulating the population dynamics of barley grass (Hordeum spp.) and impacts of weed management strategies in a southern Australian lucerne (Medicago sativa) pasture. Crop and Pasture Science. https://doi.org/10.1071/CP22297
  • Kelly, J., Rahaman, M., Sandino Mora, J., Zheng, L., Cherry, H., Hamilton, M. A., Dehaan, R., Gonzalez, F., Menz, W., & Grant, L. (2022). Weed managers guide to remote detection: Understanding opportunities and limitations of technologies for remote detection of weeds. In R. Melland, C. Brodie, J. Emms, L. Feuerherdt, S. Ivory, & S. Potter (Eds.), Proceedings of the 22nd Australasian Weeds Conference Adelaide September 2022 (pp. 58-62). Council of Australasian Weed Societies and the Weed Management Society of South Australia Inc.
  • Kelly, J., Quinn, J., Nielsen, S., Weston, P., Broster, J., & Weston, L. A. (2020). Causative factors influencing epizoochorous dispersal of weed seeds by sheep and associated carcass contamination in southern Australia. Weed Research, 60(3), 221-231. https://doi.org/10.1111/wre.12415