Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Dr. Terry McCosker (Director)

Terry is an internationally acclaimed educator and has worked in research, extension and property management in both government and private sectors for almost 55 years. Terry founded Carbon Link in 2007 with the vision of helping farmers to get paid for improving their soil. Terry is widely recognised as an industry pioneer and is also the Founding Director of RCS Australia who are widely regarded as one of the leading regenerative agriculture training and advisory groups on the planet.

Andrew Gatenby (Chief Executive Officer)

Andrew has over 30 years working across agriculture and finance. He has extensive experience in asset management and investment with a focus of agriculture. Prior to starting as Carbon Link CEO, Andrew was the founding CEO for FutureFeed Pty Ltd, a company established by CSIRO to commercialise the Asparagopsis seaweed technology which when fed to ruminant livestock reduces methane emissions. He is a member of the Ag Food Fund which invests in listed and private agriculture businesses in Australia.

Chris McCosker (Chief Operations Officer)

Chris leads business operations at Carbon Link and is responsible for our overall project, fieldwork, and laboratory operations. Chris has extensive experience in the application of ERF Soil Carbon methodologies, as well as a diverse range of experience in business, project management, contracting, and soil testing. Chris has led development of Carbon Links commercial capabilities and is driven by the business’s mission to regenerate agricultural landscapes. 

Robert Crossley (Chief Scientist)

Robert has worked in both government and private industry in soil science, GIS and IT related fields over the last 40 years (including founding a successful agricultural software business for 25 years). He is excited to be heading up such a talented group of scientists in the Research and Development team to build the systems necessary to measure soil carbon accurately and cost effectively.

Dr. Thakur Bhattarai (Senior Soil Scientist)

Thakur is a lead Soil Carbon Scientist and has over 20 years of professional and research experience on soil sciences, carbon accounting, nutrient dynamics and restoring soils through rebuilding soil carbon both in Australia and overseas. He was an active member of the Technical Working Group for the Australian Government for developing soil carbon methodologies under the ERF. Thakur ensures the science and analytics for soil carbon measurement methodologies (including proximal sensors techniques) are scientifically robust and have a high standard of integrity. Thakur is also an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at CQUniversity Australia.

Dr. Julie-Ann Malan (Lab Supervisor)

Julie-Ann has extensive experience in surface water quality monitoring and analysis, freshwater invertebrate identification, riparian restoration, sustainable agriculture and seagrass restoration. Her thesis focused on utilising precision agriculture to best place off-stream watering points for grazing cattle to protect river health and ultimately the Great Barrier Reef. Julie-Ann loves her job but most of all she likes helping people, spending time with her family along with their pet dog and chickens as well as growing her own food.

Dr. Sushil Lamichhane (GIS Specialist)

Sushil works as a GIS Specialist in our mapping team. He has a decade of experience working with geospatial data in different aspects of agriculture and natural resources. He did his BSc in Agriculture from Tribhuvan University, Nepal; MSc in Applied GIS from Kingston University, UK and is about to complete his PhD in Digital Soil Mapping from the University of New England, Australia. His special interests include digital soil mapping, remote sensing, geostatistics, machine learning, soil survey and soil mapping. His current research focus is to improve the prediction of Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) stocks using various environmental covariates in the rangelands of Australia so that the cost of sampling soils could be minimised and the variance of measured carbon be reduced so as to have a maximum possible creditable change in the SOC stocks.

Dr. Nicholas Anderson (Research Scientist)

Formally trained in NIR via my Masters, PhD (CQUniversity), and a certificate for Fundamentals and Applications of Near Infrared Spectroscopy (University of Córdoba). Previously worked in fruit crop forecasting (quantity and quality) and consulting for Felix Instruments. My focus in CarbonLink is the development of the NIR system for prediction of Soil organic Carbon, by researching and implementing new methods and technologies for improved accuracies.

Corey Groves (Project Officer)

Originally hailing from the Darling Downs, Corey has been working in the environmental and sustainability space for over 5 years. This direction followed on from his time in the Australian Defence Force, where he got a strong operational and engineering background working as a marine technician. He sees the carbon industry as an important driving force to improve country and productivity, while playing our part in reducing global greenhouse gas levels.

Matz Persson (System Development Manager)

Matz has worked as an IT Professional in Australia and overseas over the last 20+ years in roles ranging from leading technical teams developing desktop and web-based software applications through to hands-on software development and system admin on a range of platforms, mobile frameworks, IoT technologies, Linux system administration and cloud platform DevOps. Currently managing the software development for Carbon Link.

Magnus Persson (Senior Software Developer)

With a Hospitality, Tourism and Agricultural industry background, Magnus has spent over a decade developing, designing, implementing and managing software development projects with the aim to improve automation and provide a better user experience. Co-founded a software development company centred around operations management and logistics. Enjoys the daily challenges of meeting and exceeding user experience expectations.

Stevie McMurtrie (Project Officer)

Stevie grew up on her family cattle property in the Tenterfield Shire. After studying Animal Science at the University of Queensland Stevie worked as an Animal Nutritionist in the stock feed industry before moving to the United States where she practiced Functional Nutrition. It was during this time she became interested in farming pracitices that improved plant and soil nutrition. Stevie joined Carbon Link to help support farmers sequestester soil carbon and to contribute to the restoration of healthy ecosystems.

Rachel Simpson (GIS Analyst)

Rachel grew up in country Victoria, daughter of an agricultural and fire-bombing pilot; her interest in agriculture sparked at a young age. Trained in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing, Rachel started her career working for a farm forestry company in her hometown of Bairnsdale back when ‘carbon’ was all about the trees. Rachel has since travelled the world and lived and worked in many countries including United States of America, United Kingdom, Australia and more recently New Zealand. Her 25 years of experience utilising GIS spans many industries and applications including – crop disease monitoring and control, offshore renewables, flood mitigation, Native Title, infrastructure planning, asset management, World Heritage rainforest mapping and even flying around in light aircraft capturing aerial imagery. Rachel joined the Carbon Link team to enable and support their GIS and mapping requirements.