Olena Kravchuk

Dr Olena Kravchuk

Senior Lecturer

School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Expertise in nonparametric inference and applied statistics in academic research and consulting in human nutrition, food sensory, soil and plant sciences, including design and analysis of experiments and observational studies. University teaching and workplace training in biometry, sensometrics and research methods in agriculture.

I am interested in collaborations on three themes: 1) research on robust statistical methods, in particular the theory of rank methods, 2) research in food sensometrics, outside the consumer research, 3) applied statistics research in application to agriculture and food data.

Highlights and delights of my career were several papers on rank methods followed my PhD in 2006; establishing a Food Sensory Research Unit in the University of Queensland in 2011 and collaborating for more than a decade with researchers in medical, biological and agriculture sciences. Currently I am leading a large project funded by the Grains Research and Development Corporation, Statistics for the  Australian Grains Industry in Southern Region, SAGI-STH.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2011 - ongoing Senior Lecturer in Biometry University of Adelaide
    2003 - 2011 Lecturer in Biometry University of Queensland
    2002 - 2003 Lecturer in Software Development Griffith University
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2010 Teaching Award Award for excellence in teaching School of Agriculture and Food Science Australia -
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can peer review
    Russian Can peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    University of Queensland Australia PhD (Mathematical Statistics)
    University of South Australia Australia MSc (Applied Mathematics)
    National Technical University of Ukraine, Kiev Ukraine BEng (Honours)
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2010 Accredited Statistician Statistical Society of Australia -
  • Research Interests

Project Leader

2016 - 2021, Statistics for the Australian Grains Industry, Southern Region (SAGI-STH), project leader, $5M, GRDC and SARDI

Current and completed projects, in which I am a single Chief investigator (CI)
2014, GRDC Sponsorship for AASC’14, $7K

2013, SEB metrics statistical analysis, DEWNR, SA, $15K

2011 – 2014, Statistics Capacity Building, GRDC, $187K

2010, Sensory and physical evaluation of the texture of non-fermented milk beverages with dispersed soft-gel micro particles, UQ ECR, $22K

2008, Advanced data analysis and interpretation in adaptive research: training workshop in PNG, ACIAR , $4K

2008, Biometrical services for a pork chilling trial, APL, $11K

2006, Adaptive statistical methods for the analysis of empirical distributions of images of bacteria colonies, UQ, $10K

Current and completed projects, in which I am a CI

2013 – 2015, Objective measures for powdery mildew, GWRDC ($512K, 5%)

2010 – 2013, Sensory – Texture – Rheology, Research capabilities building for Dairy Industry, DIAL&UQ ($305K, CIs: Deeth, Sharma, Kravchuk)

2010 Strengthening the food biometrials testing facility, UQ MEI ($63K, CIs: Bhandari, Stokes, Sharma, Kravchuk, Prakash)

2008 – 2011, Enhancing on-farm income through improved silvicultural management of teak in Laos PDR, ACIAR ($1,166K, 10%)

2008 – 2009, Research design, data analysis and interpretation in adaptive research projects, ACIAR ($66K, CIs: Huang, Kravchuk)

2007 – 2008, Design and analysis of agricultural experiments and interpretation of experimental findings – training program, ACIAR ($78K, CIs: Huang, Kravchuk)

Academic courses taught and coordinated:

University of Adelaide, 2011 - current
Special topics in Statistics (Nonparametrics), Research Methodology in Agricultural Sciences, Biometrics module in Foundations in Plant Biotechnology

University of Queensland 2003 - 2011
Introductory Statistics, Research Methodology in Biophysical Sciences, Food Sensory, Experimental Design, Advanced Biometry (generalized linear models), Special topics in Biometry

Griffith University, 2000 - 2003
Software development, Data management, Discrete Mathematics


  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2024 Co-Supervisor Mapping, monitoring, and managing food waste from Australian Quick Service Restaurants. Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Ms Asgiri Pemila Jayasekara
    2024 Co-Supervisor Management strategies for surplus ready-to-eat food from a hospital foodservice/s Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Ms Pei Ying Liew
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Investigating Polyphenol Extracts using Microwave Technology Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Maria Jolanta Kwiatkowski
    2018 - 2022 Principal Supervisor Exact Inference in Linear Mixed Models for Typical Agronomy Trials Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mrs Wendy Li
    2017 - 2021 Principal Supervisor Feasibility Study of Ranked Set Sampling for Typical Modern Agronomy Trials Under Different Sampling Designs: Benefits and Challenges of Ranked Set Sampling for the Grains Industry Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Peter Josef Kasprzak
    2012 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Bivariate Models for the Analysis of Internal Nitrogen Use Efficiency: Mixture Models as an Exploratory Tool Master of Applied Science Master Full Time Ms Sabela Munoz Santa
  • Position: Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: 83137252
  • Email: olena.kravchuk@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 83137109
  • Campus: Waite
  • Building: Waite, floor 2
  • Org Unit: Agricultural Science

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