Paula Ibell

Research Horticulturalist
Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Mareeba, QLD

Contact me for

  • Mentoring
  • Sitting on boards or committees
  • Providing an expert opinion
  • Outreach activities
  • Conference presenting
  • Opportunities to collaborate


Dr Paula Ibell currently works as a horticulturist in research associated with horticulture agronomy, tree architecture, tree physiology and orchard intensification projects in Far North Queensland. Currently she is working in the DAF Suppply Chain innovation, Fruit quality laboratory, prior to this role she worked with the Mango component of the Small Tree high Productivity Initiative which aimed to look at lifting the productivity of tropical and subtropical tree crops. Dr Ibell has established her research profile working on aspects of mixed species timber and pine plantations, papaya and mango orchards systems, production, eco-physiology and agronomy. Paula has a PhD in the monitoring of edaphic and eco-physiological responses to weed control and fertilisation management using stable C (δ13C) and N (δ15N) isotopes in pine plantations in southeast Qld. She has also received DAF innovation funding to apply these techniques to better understand how water use efficiency varies in Mango and Avocado orchard canopies. Paula has published and edited various scientific papers and has interests in furthering her abilities in Data Science, ArcGIS for precision agriculture and electronic data collection.