Researcher biography

Role: Research Fellow | Lecturer

Bio: I am a postdoc in the Remote Sensing Research Centre, and my research can be described as a mixture of Ecology, Geography and Statistics. I finished my PhD in 2013, at the University of Queensland, which focused on developing new remote sensing methods for long term monitoring and change detection in terrestrial and marine ecosystems. After this I focused on automated monitoring of seagrass environments using remote sensing and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). I then moved to UNSW, and shifted focus to application of modern statistical and modelling approaches for large scale vegetation classification and mapping problems, with a side interest in drone-acquired image data. I also teach some remote sensing, as well as programming and statistics in various short courses and workshops (http://environmentalcomputing.net/). My focus now at UQ is working on the Allen Coral Atlas global coral reef mapping project in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, where my primary activities include developing object-based (cloud-based, on the Google Earth Engine) classificaiton and mapping algorithms and accuracy assessment.

Technically speaking, my expertise lies in remote sensing and ecological modelling (statistics and machine learning), and I generally take a computational programming (R and Python specifically, and JavaScript on the Google Earth Engine) approach. Non-technically speaking, I love getting into the bush or into the ocean, love bare feet on grass and I have a penchant for cricket and homebrewing.

Research field keywords: ecology, remote sensing and GIS, ecological modelling, vegetation science, statistical ecology