Ecosystem Dynamics Health and Resilience
Ecohydrology and groundwater
My lab’s research focus involve novel applications of remote sensing and advanced geospatial technologies to monitor the earth’s terrestrial, coastal, agricultural and urban ecosystems. We integrate satellite data with flux tower measurements to assess Australian landscape responses and resilience to climate and disturbance, extreme drought, heat wave, and wet pulse events. We collect low orbiting and geostationary satellites to provide continuous time series data and real-time information on ecosystem and crop productivity, carbon and water use, and plant stress to inform natural resource management, food security, fire risk and disease occurrence. We probe the satellite historical data record of 50 years, to trace land cover changes, land use activities, habitat fragmentation, biodiversity and urban green space. Our transdisciplinary research methods merge big data from satellites with machine learning models for both ecological forecasting of plant mortality and public health risk forecasts of allergenic plant pollen release. Satellite imagery enable geospatial extensions of our research into remote, rural and indigenous lands.