Ms Zhenhua Hao

Ms Zhenhua Hao

Adjunct Associate Lecturer
UNSW Canberra
School of Science

I am working as an Adjunct Fellow and holds a PhD in Physics from UNSW Canberra. My PhD study focused on the characteristics of migratory locusts and moths in Australia, by combining radar observations with meteorological simulations and setting up mathematical models.

Before this fellowship, I had been working on an European Research Council funded project 'Hunting for the exclusive “sixth” sense: navigation and magnetic sensation in a nocturnal migratory moth'. In this project, I focused on the study of flight characteristics of long distance migration in bogong moths.

I also had worked on an ARC Linkage project using models and structured decision making to improve the management of invasive willows in alpine Victoria. Particularly, I worked on mesoscale modelling of willow seed dispersion in this project.

School of Science, The University of New South Wales, Australian Defence Force Academy, PO Box 7916, Canberra BC ACT 2610, AUSTRALIA,
  • Journal articles | 2024
    Carter S; Mills C; Hao Z; Mott R; Hauser CE; White M; Sharples J; Taylor J; Moore JL, 2024, 'Spatial prioritization for widespread invasive species control: Trade-offs between current impact and future spread', Ecological Applications,
    Journal articles | 2024
    Drake VA; Hao Z; Wang H, 2024, 'Monitoring insect numbers and biodiversity with a vertical-beam entomological radar', Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 379,
    Journal articles | 2021
    Drake VA; Hao Z; Warrant E, 2021, 'Heading variations resolve the heading-direction ambiguity in vertical-beam radar observations of insect migration', International Journal of Remote Sensing, 42, pp. 3873 - 3898,
    Journal articles | 2020
    Hao Z; Drake VA; Taylor JR; Warrant E, 2020, 'Insect target classes discerned from entomological radar data', Remote Sensing, 12,
    Journal articles | 2019
    Hao Z; Drake VA; Taylor JR, 2019, 'Resolving the heading-direction ambiguity in vertical-beam radar observations of migrating insects', Ecology and Evolution, 9, pp. 6003 - 6013,
    Journal articles | 2017
    Hao Z; Drake VA; Sidhu L; Taylor JR, 2017, 'Locust displacing winds in eastern Australia reassessed with observations from an insect monitoring radar', International Journal of Biometeorology, 61, pp. 2073 - 2084,
    Journal articles | 2014
    Hao Z; Drake A; Sidhu L; Taylor JR, 2014, 'Investigating wind effects on insect migration', ANZIAM Journal, 56, pp. 399 - 415,
  • Conference Abstracts | 2017
    Drake VA; Hao Z, (ed.), 2017, 'Observing migrating insects with small special-purpose radars', in Radar Aeroecology Applications and Perspectives, ENRAM, Rome, Italy, pp. 24 - 25, presented at Radar Aeroecology Applications and Perspectives, Rome, Italy, 23 February 2017 - 24 February 2017,
    Theses / Dissertations | 2016
    Hao Z, 2016, Testing ideas about Australian insect migration using entomological radar observations and a regional scale meteorological model, UNSW, UNSW Canberra

Development of entomological radars and analysis methods for entomological radar data. 

Studies of flight characteristics and seasonal patterns of migratory insects in the atmospheric boundary by undertaking quantitative analytics on long-term insect monitoring radar data and a meteorological model (TAPM).

Studies of biometerology of insect migration and the insect behaviours leading to favourable migration outcomes.