2003 PhD, Arid zone geomorphology, UNSW
1997 BSc (Honours class 1), Applied Physical Geography, UNSW
I specialise in remote sensing of the environment, using satellite imagery, airborne imagery, airborne lidar and field measurements.
Thinking about doing a PhD? How about working on improving models of Australian tree structure with lidar.
While my research has focused on mapping and monitoring vegetation structure in Australia, I have also developed methods for mapping clouds, shadows, and surface water. I am a member of Earth Observation Australia and have previously worked for the Joint Remote Sensing Research Program at the University of Queensland, and Geoscience Australia. I also have long-standing interests in the geomorphology, geochronology and Quaternary environmental change in Australia’s desert landscapes, and am a member of the Australasian Quaternary Association.
2022 Australian Research Council Linkage Project (LP210100300): Are kangaroos jeopardizing conservation outcomes?
2021 UNSW-BEES Research Infrastructure Scheme: Fowlers Gap Aerial Photo Archive
2021 UNSW Science Industry Network Seed Funding: Understanding the role that brown food webs play in sustaining arid ecosystems
2020 DAWE, Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program: Invertebrate conservation in the North East Forests of New South Wales
2020 DAWE, Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program: Building capacity for resilience & recovery of threatened ecological communities
2020 UNSW Science Faculty Research Grant: Modelling arid grass biomass dynamics from drone and satellite imagery
2017 DigitalGlobe Foundation Imagery Grant: Climate, vegetation and the stability of longitudinal dunes
My research is usually in collaboration with the Joint Remote Sensing Research Program using freely available data, such as Landsat Seasonal Fractional Cover, airborne lidar and field measurements. A YouTube video that includes a presentation of my research was recorded as an EOA Webinar (at the 56 minute mark). I have made some 3D models using freely available data and software, which are available to view on github. I focus on improving environmental monitoring in forests and drylands.
Using airborne lidar and field measurements of tree structure to map biophysical properties of forests.
Using multi-temporal satellite imagery, airborne data, and drone imagery to examine environmental change in Australian drylands.
My Research Supervision
Andres Sutton (PhD joint supervisor with Professor David Eldridge)
Xinyue Zhang (PhD co-supervisor with Professor Jason Evans)
Rachael Loneragan (PhD joint supervisor with Professor Mike Letnic)
Matt Smith (PhD joint supervisor with Professor Mike Letnic)
BEES1041 Exploring the Natural World (Course Coordinator and Lecturer)
GEOS1701 Environmental Systems, Processes & Issues (Lecturer)
GEOS2821 Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing (Lecturer)
GEOS3811 Advanced Techniques in Remote Sensing (This course is on hold and not offered at this time)