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Grant Williamson

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Dr Grant Williamson is a landscape ecologist and spatial scientist, whose previous research, has included the impacts of mosquito control and climate change on mangrove communities, the climatic and human drivers of wildfires and fire danger across Australia, and the dynamics and human health impact of smoke wildfires and prescribed fires on human health. He completed his PhD at the University of Adelaide, and has worked in Darwin and Hobart, and is currently a post-doctoral fellow for the Centre for Air Quality & Health Research and Evaluation (CAR-CRE).

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeThesis titleUniversityCountryDate of award
PhDRainfall Regime and Optimal Root Distribution in the Australian Perennial Grass, Austrodanthonia caespitosa (Gaudich.)University of AdelaideAustralia2008
BSc (1st Class Hons) University of AdelaideAustralia2003

Biography

Grant completed his doctorate at the University of Adelaide, studying the impact of fine-scaled rainfall regime across a climate gradient on adaption in native Australian grasses. He took up a post-doctoral position at Charles Darwin University in an ARC-linkage project studying the impact of mosquito control measures on mosquito-borne disease on humans, and the ecology of the mangrove swamps in which they breed. Grant moved to the University of Tasmania in 2008 and took up a post-doctoral position on the ARC-linkage Biomass Smoke Project, continuing his interest in the nexus between human health and ecology, studying the impact of smoke pollution from landscape fire on human health, and developing predictive models for smoke exposure. During his career at the University of Tasmania, Grant was part of the NERP Landscapes and Policy hub, researching landscape-scale human-ecological interactions in the Australian Alps and Tasmanian Midlands. Grant received a post-doctoral scholarship from the Centre for Air Quality & Health Research and Evaluation at the University of Sydney in 2014 to continue his work studying human exposure to smoke pollution from landscape fires.

Research Themes

Grant's research aligns to the University's research themes of Better Health and Environment, Resources and Sustainability, including the increasingly recognized nexus between the fields of human health and landscape ecology.  Grant's current research into biomass smoke aims to improve our estimates of human exposure to the fine particulate pollution produced by landscape fires and wood heater usage. Smoke exposure can have significant impacts on human health for sufferers of asthma and cardio-vascular diseases, and biomass smoke is a significant contributor to atmospheric aerosol load in south-eastern Australia, where humans live in close proximity to vegetation that experiences significant wildfires in the summer, and undergoes prescribed burning to reduce fire risk in winter. In order to better understand the link between smoke exposure and human health impacts, we need improved models of smoke emissions from biomass burning, and smoke transport patterns. Grant is utilizing remotely-sensed data and geospatial modelling methods to improve empirical models of smoke exposure and physical atmospheric transport models, to better inform this epidemiological research.

Grant's research interests also include adapting real-time environmental data sources and the computing cloud to improve ecological and health knowledge. Grant has developed a real-time Forest Fire Danger Index map adopted by the Tasmanian Fire Service, a heat-wave warning system for the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Resources, and is a lead developer on the Sense-T AirRater air pollution and pollen alert app project.

Memberships

Professional practice

2015 - : Centre for Air Quality & Health Research and Evaluation Executive Committee

Teaching

Landscape Ecology, Geographic Information Systems, Atmospheric Modelling, Spatial Statistics, Pyrogeography

Teaching responsibility

KPA302 – Australian Landscape Change

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Expertise

  • Landscape fire
  • Smoke pollution
  • Remote sensing
  • Environmental epidemiology

Collaboration

Grant has previously collaborated with NASA and South Dakota State University on a project understanding the dynamics of fire weather and occurrence using remotely sensed data. He was involved in the Fire and Vegetation team of the NERP Landscapes and Policy Hub, a multidisciplinary project involving the University of Tasmania, the Australian National University, Murdoch University, Griffith University and Charles Sturt University. Grant is currently working on the 'Bushfires, smoke and people' ARC linkage grant, a large project involving the University of Tasmania, the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, the Bushfire CRC, the CSIRO and a number of state Environmental Protection Authorities. He is also collaborating with the CSIRO and Victorian health authorities in modelling human exposure to smoke from the 2014 Hazelwood coal mine fire.

Current projects

  • AirRater (http://airrater.org)
  • Bushfires, Smoke and People ARC linkage grant
  • Hazelwood mine fire study

Fields of Research

  • Landscape Ecology (050104)
  • Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (111705)
  • Terrestrial Ecology (060208)
  • Environmental Management (050205)
  • Forestry Fire Management (070503)
  • Ecological Impacts of Climate Change (050101)
  • Epidemiology (111706)
  • Environmental Monitoring (050206)
  • Population Ecology (060207)
  • Meteorology (040107)
  • Palaeoecology (060206)
  • Global Change Biology (069902)
  • Biogeography and Phylogeography (060302)
  • Ecosystem Function (050102)
  • Conservation and Biodiversity (050202)
  • Population, Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics (060411)
  • Ecology (060299)
  • Ecological Physiology (060203)
  • Tree Improvement (Selection and Breeding) (070507)
  • Community Ecology (060202)
  • Wildlife and Habitat Management (050211)
  • Invasive Species Ecology (050103)
  • Forestry Biomass and Bioproducts (070502)
  • Natural Hazards (040604)
  • Environmental Engineering (090799)
  • Interorganisational Information Systems and Web Services (080612)
  • Forestry Management and Environment (070504)
  • Public Health and Health Services (111799)
  • Data Communications (100504)
  • Broadband and Modem Technology (100502)
  • Surfacewater Hydrology (040608)
  • Risk Engineering (excl. Earthquake Engineering) (091507)
  • Respiratory Diseases (110203)

Research Objectives

  • Environmental Health (920405)
  • Natural Hazards in Forest and Woodlands Environments (961004)
  • Ecosystem Adaptation to Climate Change (960305)
  • Forest and Woodlands Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960806)
  • Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales (960805)
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Forest and Woodlands Environments (960505)
  • Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Australia (excl. Social Impacts) (960307)
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales (960501)
  • Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species at Regional or Larger Scales (960405)
  • Control of Animal Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species in Coastal and Estuarine Environments (960402)
  • Forest and Woodlands Land Management (960906)
  • Climate Change Adaptation Measures (960301)
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Mountain and High Country Environments (960509)
  • Climate and Climate Change (960399)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences (970105)
  • Health Protection and/or Disaster Response (920407)
  • Native Forests (820104)
  • Harvesting and Transport of Forest Products (820102)
  • Application Tools and System Utilities (890202)
  • Air Quality (960199)
  • Mountain and High Country Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960810)
  • Atmospheric Composition (incl. Greenhouse Gas Inventory) (960201)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences (970106)
  • Sparseland, Permanent Grassland and Arid Zone Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960811)
  • Climate Variability (excl. Social Impacts) (960304)
  • Control of Plant Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species in Forest and Woodlands Environments (960414)
  • Environment (969999)
  • Natural Hazards (961099)
  • Electronic Information Storage and Retrieval Services (890301)
  • Hardwood Plantations (820101)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Engineering (970109)
  • Internet Hosting Services (incl. Application Hosting Services) (890206)
  • Information Processing Services (incl. Data Entry and Capture) (890205)
  • Global Effects of Climate Change and Variability (excl. Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and the South Pacific) (excl. Social Impacts) (960310)
  • Child Health (920501)
  • Respiratory System and Diseases (incl. Asthma) (920115)

Publications

Total publications

55

Journal Article

(47 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Bowman DMJS, Williamson GJ, Abatzoglou JT, Kolden CA, Cochrane MA, et al., 'Human exposure and sensitivity to globally extreme wildfire events', Nature Ecology & Evolution, 1 Article 0058. ISSN 2397-334X (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/s41559-016-0058 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Bowman DMJS

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2017Holz A, Paritsis J, Mundo IA, Veblen TT, Kitzberger T, et al., 'Southern Annular Mode drives multicentury wildfire activity in southern South America', National Academy of Sciences of The United States of America. Proceedings, 114, (36) pp. 9552-9557. ISSN 0027-8424 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1705168114 [eCite] [Details]

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2017Prior LD, Murphy BP, Williamson GJ, Cochrane MA, Jolly WM, et al., 'Does inherent flammability of grass and litter fuels contribute to continental patterns of landscape fire activity?', Journal of Biogeography, 44, (6) pp. 1225-1238. ISSN 0305-0270 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/jbi.12889 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Prior LD; Murphy BP; Bowman DMJS

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2017Worth JRP, Jordan GJ, Marthick JR, Sakaguchi S, Colhoun EA, et al., 'Fire is a major driver of patterns of genetic diversity in two co-occurring Tasmanian palaeoendemic conifers', Journal of Biogeography, 44, (6) pp. 1254-1267. ISSN 0305-0270 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/jbi.12919 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Jordan GJ; Marthick JR; Bowman DMJS

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2017Ondei S, Prior LD, Williamson GJ, Vigilante T, Bowman DMJS, 'Water, land, fire, and forest: Multi-scale determinants of rainforests in the Australian monsoon tropics', Ecology and Evolution, 7, (5) pp. 1592-1604. ISSN 2045-7758 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/ece3.2734 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Ondei S; Prior LD; Bowman DMJS

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2016Williamson GJ, Prior LD, Jolly WM, Cochrane MA, Murphy BP, et al., 'Measurement of inter- and intra-annual variability of landscape fire activity at a continental scale: the Australian case', Environmental Research Letters, 11, (3) Article 035003. ISSN 1748-9326 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/11/3/035003 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Prior LD; Bowman DMJS

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2016Bowman DMJS, Williamson GJ, Prior LD, Murphy BP, 'The relative importance of intrinsic and extrinsic factors in the decline of obligate seeder forests', Global Ecology and Biogeography, 25, (10) pp. 1166-1172. ISSN 1466-822X (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/geb.12484 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Bowman DMJS; Prior LD

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2016Harris RMB, Remenyi TA, Williamson GJ, Bindoff NL, Bowman DMJS, 'Climate-vegetation-fire interactions and feedbacks: trivial detail or major barrier to projecting the future of the Earth system?', Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 7, (6) pp. 910-931. ISSN 1757-7799 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/wcc.428 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Harris RMB; Remenyi TA; Bindoff NL; Bowman DMJS

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2016Johnston O, Johnston F, Todd J, Williamson G, 'Community-wide distribution of a catalytic device to reduce winter ambient fine particulate matter from residential wood combustion: a field study', PLoS One, 11, (11) Article e0166677. ISSN 1932-6203 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0166677 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Johnston O; Johnston F

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2016Balch JK, Nagy RC, Archibald S, Bowman DMJS, Moritz MA, et al., 'Global combustion: the connection between fossil fuel and biomass burning emissions (1997-2010)', Royal Society of London. Philosophical Transactions. Biological Sciences, 371, (1696) Article 20150177. ISSN 0962-8436 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2015.0177 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Bowman DMJS

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2016Prior LD, Williamson GJ, Bowman DMJS, 'Impact of high-severity fire in a Tasmanian dry eucalypt forest', Australian Journal of Botany, 64, (3) pp. 193-205. ISSN 0067-1924 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/BT15259 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Prior LD; Bowman DMJS

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2016Williamson GJ, Bowman DMJS, Price OF, Henderson SB, Johnston FH, 'A transdisciplinary approach to understanding the health effects of wildfire and prescribed fire smoke regimes', Environmental Research Letters, 11 Article 125009. ISSN 1748-9326 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/11/12/125009 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Bowman DMJS; Johnston FH

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2016French BJ, Prior LD, Williamson GJ, Bowman DMJS, 'Cause and effects of a megafire in sedge-heathland in the Tasmanian temperate wilderness', Australian Journal of Botany, 64, (6) pp. 513-525. ISSN 0067-1924 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/BT16087 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: French BJ; Prior LD; Bowman DMJS

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2016Jordan GJ, Harrison PA, Worth JRP, Wiliamson GJ, Kirkpatrick JB, 'Palaeoendemic plants provide evidence for persistence of open, well-watered vegetation since the Cretaceous', Global Ecology and Biogeography, 25, (2) pp. 127-140. ISSN 1466-822X (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/geb.12389 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: Jordan GJ; Harrison PA; Worth JRP; Kirkpatrick JB

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2015Beeton NJ, McMahon CR, Williamson GJ, Potts J, Bloomer J, et al., 'Using the Spatial Population Abundance Dynamics Engine for conservation management', Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 6, (12) pp. 1407-1416. ISSN 2041-210X (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12434 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Beeton NJ; McMahon CR; Forbes LK; Johnson CN

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2015Jolly WM, Cochrane MA, Freeborn PH, Holden ZA, Brown TJ, et al., 'Climate-induced variations in global wildfire danger from 1979 to 2013', Nature Communications, 6 Article 7537. ISSN 2041-1723 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/ncomms8537 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 106Web of Science - 82

Co-authors: Bowman DMJS

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2015Romanin LM, Prior LD, Williamson GJ, Bowman DMJS, 'Trajectory of change in land cover and carbon stocks following European settlement in Tasmania, Australia', Anthropocene, 9 pp. 33-40. ISSN 2213-3054 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ancene.2015.07.001 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Romanin LM; Prior LD; Bowman DMJS

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2015Trauernicht C, Brook BW, Murphy BP, Williamson GJ, Bowman DMJS, 'Local and global pyrogeographic evidence that indigenous fire management creates pyrodiversity', Ecology and Evolution, 5, (9) pp. 1908-1918. ISSN 2045-7758 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/ece3.1494 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18Web of Science - 17

Co-authors: Trauernicht C; Bowman DMJS

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2015Worth JRP, Harrison PA, Williamson GJ, Jordan GJ, 'Whole range and regional-based ecological niche models predict differing exposure to 21st century climate change in the key cool temperate rainforest tree southern beech (Nothofagus cunninghamii)', Austral Ecology, 40, (2) pp. 126-138. ISSN 1442-9985 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/aec.12184 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Worth JRP; Harrison PA; Jordan GJ

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2014Bowman DMJS, Murphy BP, Neyland DLJ, Williamson GJ, Prior LD, 'Abrupt fire regime change may cause landscape-wide loss of mature obligate seeder forests', Global Change Biology, 20, (3) pp. 1008-1015. ISSN 1354-1013 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/gcb.12433 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 26Web of Science - 24

Co-authors: Bowman DMJS; Neyland DLJ; Prior LD

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2014Bowman DMJS, Murphy BP, Williamson GJ, Cochrane MA, 'Pyrogeographic models, feedbacks and the future of global fire regimes', Global Ecology and Biogeography, 23, (7) pp. 821-824. ISSN 1466-822X (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/geb.12180 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 17Web of Science - 15

Co-authors: Bowman DMJS

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2014Bowman DMJS, Williamson GJ, Keenan RJ, Prior LD, 'A warmer world will reduce tree growth in evergreen broadleaf forests: evidence from Australian temperate and subtropical eucalypt forests', Global Ecology and Biogeography, 23, (8) pp. 925-934. ISSN 1466-822X (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/geb.12171 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 15

Co-authors: Bowman DMJS; Prior LD

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2014Haberle SG, Bowman DMJS, Newnham RM, Johnston FH, Beggs PJ, et al., 'The macroecology of airborne pollen in Australian and New Zealand urban areas', PLoS One, 9, (5) Article e97925. ISSN 1932-6203 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0097925 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 12

Co-authors: Bowman DMJS; Johnston FH

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2014Potts JM, Beeton NJ, Bowman DMJS, Williamson GJ, Lefroy EC, et al., 'Predicting the future range and abundance of fallow deer in Tasmania, Australia', Wildlife Research, 41, (8) pp. 633-640. ISSN 1035-3712 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/WR13206 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Beeton NJ; Bowman DMJS; Lefroy EC; Johnson CN

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2014Williamson GJ, Murphy BP, Bowman DMJS, 'Cattle grazing does not reduce fire severity in eucalypt forests and woodlands of the Australian Alps', Austral Ecology, 39, (4) pp. 462-468. ISSN 1442-9985 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/aec.12104 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Murphy BP; Bowman DMJS

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2014Williamson GJ, Prior LD, Grose MR, Harris RMB, Bowman DMJS, 'Projecting canopy cover change in Tasmanian eucalypt forests using dynamically downscaled regional climate models', Regional Environmental Change, 14, (4) pp. 1373-1386. ISSN 1436-3798 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10113-013-0577-5 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: Prior LD; Grose MR; Harris RMB; Bowman DMJS

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2014Worth JRP, Williamson GJ, Sakaguchi S, Nevill PG, Jordan GJ, 'Environmental niche modelling fails to predict Last Glacial Maximum refugia: niche shifts, microrefugia or incorrect palaeoclimate estimates?', Global Ecology and Biogeography, 23, (11) pp. 1186-1197. ISSN 1466-822X (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/geb.12239 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 14

Co-authors: Worth JRP; Jordan GJ

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2013Murphy BP, Bradstock RA, Boer MM, Carter J, Cary GJ, et al., 'Fire regimes of Australia: a pyrogeographic model system', Journal of Biogeography, 40, (6) pp. 1048-1058. ISSN 0305-0270 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/jbi.12065 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 52Web of Science - 51

Co-authors: Murphy BP; Bowman DMJS

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2013Williamson GJ, Price OF, Henderson SB, Bowman DMJS, 'Satellite-based comparison of fire intensity and smoke plumes from prescribed fires and wildfires in south-eastern Australia', International Journal of Wildland Fire, 22, (2) pp. 121-129. ISSN 1049-8001 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/WF11165 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 10

Co-authors: Bowman DMJS

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2012Little JK, Prior LD, Williamson GJ, Williams SE, Bowman DMJS, 'Fire weather risk differs across rain forest-savanna boundaries in the humid tropics of north-eastern Australia', Austral Ecology, 37, (8) pp. 915-925. ISSN 1442-9985 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1442-9993.2011.02350.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 22Web of Science - 21

Co-authors: Prior LD; Bowman DMJS

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2012Murphy BP, Williamson GJ, Bowman DMJS, 'Did central Australian megafaunal extinction coincide with abrupt ecosystem collapse or gradual climate change?', Global Ecology and Biogeography, 21, (2) pp. 142-151. ISSN 1466-822X (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1466-8238.2011.00668.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 16Web of Science - 15

Co-authors: Murphy BP; Bowman DMJS

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2012Price OF, Williamson GJ, Henderson SB, Johnston F, Bowman DMJS, 'The relationship between particulate pollution levels in Australian cities, meteorology, and landscape fire activity detected from MODIS hotspots', PL o S One, 7, (10) Article e47327. ISSN 1932-6203 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0047327 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: Johnston F; Bowman DMJS

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2012Tng DYP, Murphy BP, Weber E, Sanders G, Williamson GJ, et al., 'Humid tropical rain forest has expanded into eucalypt forest and savanna over the last 50 years', Ecology and Evolution, 2, (1) pp. 34-45. ISSN 2045-7758 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/ece3.70 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18Web of Science - 17

Co-authors: Tng DYP; Murphy BP; Sanders G; Bowman DMJS

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2012Tng DYP, Williamson GJ, Jordan GJ, Bowman DMJS, 'Giant eucalypts - globally unique fire-adapted rain-forest trees?', New Phytologist, 196, (4) pp. 1001-1014. ISSN 0028-646X (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2012.04359.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 47Web of Science - 45

Co-authors: Tng DYP; Jordan GJ; Bowman DMJS

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2012de Little SC, Williamson GJ, Bowman DMJS, Whelan PI, Brook BW, et al., 'Experimental comparison of aerial larvicides and habitat modification for controlling disease-carrying Aedes vigilax mosquitoes', Pest Management Science, 68, (5) pp. 709-717. ISSN 1526-498X (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/ps.2317 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Bowman DMJS

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2011Johnston FH, Hanigan IC, Henderson SB, Morgan GG, Portner T, et al., 'Creating an Integrated Historical Record of Extreme Particulate Air Pollution Events in Australian Cities from 1994 to 2007 ', Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, 61, (4) pp. 390-398. ISSN 1096-2247 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3155/1047-3289.61.4.390 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 12

Co-authors: Johnston FH; Hanigan IC; Henderson SB; Portner T; Bowman DMJS

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2011McMahon CR, Brook BW, Bowman DMJS, Williamson GJ, Bradshaw CJA, 'Fertility partially drives the relative success of two introduced bovines (Bubalus bubalis and Bos javanicus) in the Australian tropics', Wildlife Research, 38, (5) pp. 386-395. ISSN 1035-3712 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/WR10174 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Bowman DMJS

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2011Williamson GJ, Christidis L, Norman J, Brook BW, MacKey B, et al., 'The use of Australian bioregions as spatial units of analysis to explore relationships between climate and songbird diversity', Pacific Conservation Biology, 17, (4) pp. 354-360. ISSN 1038-2097 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/PC110354 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Brook BW; Bowman DMJS

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2010Barbour RC, Wise S, McKinnon GE, Vaillancourt RE, Williamson G, et al., 'The potential for gene flow from exotic eucalypt plantations into Australia's rare native eucalypts', Forest Ecology and Management, 260, (12) pp. 2079-2087. ISSN 0378-1127 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2010.08.049 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 19Web of Science - 17

Co-authors: Barbour RC; Wise S; McKinnon GE; Vaillancourt RE; Potts BM

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2010Garnett ST, Williamson GJ, 'Spatial and temporal variation in precipitation at the start of the rainy season in tropical Australia', Rangeland Journal, 32, (2) pp. 215-226. ISSN 1036-9872 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/RJ09083 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 8

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2010Johnston FH, Williamson GJ, Bowman DMJS, 'A review of approaches to monitoring smoke from vegetation fires for public health ', Air Quality and Climate Change, 44, (2) pp. 17-21. ISSN 1836-5876 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Johnston FH; Bowman DMJS

2010Prior LD, Lee ZE, Brock C, Williamson G, Bowman DMJS, 'What limits the distribution and abundance of the native conifer Callitris glaucophylla (Cupressaceae) in the West MacDonnell Ranges, central Australia?', Australian Journal of Botany, 58, (7) pp. 554-564. ISSN 0067-1924 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/BT10045 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7

Co-authors: Prior LD; Lee ZE; Bowman DMJS

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2010Wiggins NL, Williamson GJ, McCallum HI, McMahon CR, Bowman DMJS, 'Shifts in macropod home ranges in response to wildlife management interventions', Wildlife Research, 37, (5) pp. 379-391. ISSN 1035-3712 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/WR09144 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 12

Co-authors: Wiggins NL; McCallum HI; Bowman DMJS

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2010Williamson GJ, Boggs GS, Bowman DMJS, 'Late 20th century mangrove encroachment in the coastal Australian monsoon tropics parallels the regional increase in woody biomass ', Regional Environmental Change, 11, (1) pp. 19-27. ISSN 1436-3798 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10113-010-0109-5 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: Bowman DMJS

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2009Bisevac L, Franklin DC, Williamson G, Whelan PI, 'A comparison of two generic trap types for monitoring mosquitoes through an annual cycle in tropical Australia', American Mosquito Control Association. Journal, 25, (1) pp. 58-65. ISSN 8756-971X (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.2987/08-5814.1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7

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2009Bowman DMJS, Prior LD, Williamson G, 'The roles of statistical inference and historical sources in understanding landscape change: the case of feral buffalo in the freshwater floodplains of Kakadu National Park', Journal of Biogeography, 37, (1) pp. 193-199. ISSN 0305-0270 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2699.2009.02244.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Bowman DMJS; Prior LD

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2008Franklin DC, Petty AM, Williamson G, Brook BW, Bowman DMJS, 'Monitoring contrasting land management in the savanna landscapes of northern Australia', Environmental Management, 41, (4) pp. 501-515. ISSN 0364-152X (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00267-007-9006-1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 22Web of Science - 20

Co-authors: Bowman DMJS

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Review

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2011Murphy B, Williamson GJ, Bowman DMJS, 'Fire regimes: moving from a fuzzy concept to geographic entity', New Phytologist, 192 pp. 316-318. (2011) [Other Review]

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Co-authors: Murphy B; Bowman DMJS

Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(4 outputs)
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2014Richards R, Ferguson S, Cornish K, Whight S, Williamson G, 'Bushfire in Tasmania: a new approach to reducing our Statewide relative risk', State Fire Management Council (2014) [Consultants Report]

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2013Williamson G, 'Tasmanian heat wave history and forecasting', Tasmanian State Government (2013) [Consultants Report]

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2012Jordan GJ, Williamson G, 'IVG Forest Conservation Report 3B', Independent Verification Group of the Tasmanian Forests Intergovernmental Agreement (2012) [Consultants Report]

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Co-authors: Jordan GJ

2011Prior LD, Williamson G, Bowman D, 'Using permanent forestry plots to understand the possible effects of climate change on Australia's production forest estate', University of Tasmania, ISBN: 978-186295-748 (2011) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Prior LD; Bowman D

Other Public Output

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2013Williamson G, 'Tasmanian Heat Wave History and Forecasting', Tasmanian Heat Wave History and Forecasting, University of Tasmania, Tasmania, pp. 1-30. (2013) [Report of Restricted Access]

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2012Potts BM, Tilyard PA, Williamson G, 'Report for the Independent Verification Group of the Tasmanian Forests Intergovernmental Agreement on Tasmania's eucalypt diversity', IVG Forest Conservation Report 3C, Independent Verification Group of the Tasmanian Forests Intergovernmental Agreement on Tasmania's eucalypt diversity, Tasmania (2012) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Potts BM; Tilyard PA

2011Tng YPD, Williamson GJ, Jordan GJ, Bowman DMJS, 'Giant Eucalypt forests - A globally unique fire-adapted rain forest', IVG Forest Conservation Report 5B: Giant Eucalypt Forests, Australian Government, Australia, pp. 1-41. (2011) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Tng YPD; Jordan GJ; Bowman DMJS

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

16

Total funding

$1,603,668

Projects

Using geographic information systems to apply fire break guidelines in the Hobart City Council area (2017)$15,012
Funding
Hobart City Council ($15,012)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Bowman DMJS; Williamson G
Year
2017
EOI 5 Community Impacts of Smoke (2017)$179,782
Description
This project will build a seamless methodology and physical system for generating real-time and 24-72 hour forward predictive intelligence of smoke transport (sourced from both within and outside of Victoria), smoke exposure and community impacts as sourced from social media and the AirRater app technology.
Funding
Bushfire and Natural Hazard CRC ($179,782)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
CSIRO-Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation
Research Team
Cope M; Johnston F; Wheeler A; Jones PJ; Williamson G
Year
2017
Assessing inflammatory responses to smoke-derived particles following short term exposure among asthmatics (2017)$19,626
Description
This pilot study will evaluate the effectiveness of HEPA air cleaners at reducing indoor levels of wood smoke particulates in the homes of individuals with asthma.
Funding
Centre for Air Quality and Health Research Evaluation ($19,626)
Scheme
Grant-Seeding
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Dennekamp M; Johnston F; Wheeler A; Williamson G; Reisen F; Hinwood A
Year
2017
Towards integrated forecasts of pollen and smoke exposure: a Tasmanian pilot of the CSIRO CTM (2017)$19,286
Description
This project will trial a highly promising approach to pollen and pollution forecasting, utilising an innovative type of atmospheric model. Ultimately, this type of modelling has the potential to help reduce the health impacts of these atmospheric hazards by providing the public with accurate, cost-effective short-term forecasts.
Funding
Centre for Air Quality and Health Research Evaluation ($19,286)
Scheme
Grant-Seeding
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Williamson G; Johnston F; Wheeler A; Cope M
Year
2017
A TFS app to empower landowners to prepare, act and survive bushfires (2016)$38,000
Description
Develop a smart phone app that is geographically enabled to deliver real time and location specific bushfire information andwarning across Tasmania.
Funding
Department of Police and Emergency Management [TAS] ($38,000)
Scheme
Grant - Tasmanian Bushfire Mitigation Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Bowman DMJS; Williamson G
Year
2016
The UTAS Smoke Lab: A request for CAR to fund essential equipment for an Australian facility for inter-disciplinary air quality research (2016)$17,683
Description
CAR collaborators have been working with researchers across a range of disciplines and institutions to establish a facility at the University of Tasmania for controlled combustion experiments, particle generation, emissions characterisation and testing of appliances such as biomass stoves. Existing facilities in Australia have capability for some of these functions, however coordinated research is limited by a range of different academic and commercial institutions which are geographically dispersed. Access to these facilities for public health research in particular, is limited and often very expensive (e.g. the cost of appliance emissions testing)..
Funding
National Health & Medical Research Council ($17,683)
Scheme
Grant-Centre of Research Excellence
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnston F; Wheeler A; Williamson G; Zosky GR; Hinwood A; Todd J; Rein G; Strandberg B; Cope M
Year
2016
Grant Reference
SEED01.2015
Understanding the global distribution of the tropical savanna biome (2016)$14,016
Description
The aim of this project is to use readily available global satellite-derived datasets of tree cover, fire activityand land-use, to objectively classify tropical vegetation (predominantly into savanna and closed forest classes).I will produce the first map of the Earths tropical savannas and forests. This new product will be used tovalidate the predictions of the adaptive DGVM (aDGVM) of Scheiter and Higgins (2009) predictions for regionsoutside Africa. This project builds upon an existing collaboration with Prof. Steven Higgins (University of Otago,NZ), a world leader in global vegetation modelling. Prof. Higgins is collaborating on several other projectswithin Prof. David Bowmans Environmental Change Biology lab at UTAS.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($14,016)
Scheme
Grant-Research Enhancement (REGS)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Williamson G
Year
2016
Alpine Peatlands Fire Risk Mitigation Planning (2015)$56,296
Description
This is a large program focussing on the health and resilience of the Alpine Sphagnum Bogs and associated fens, aiming to conserve and protect this important and sensitive vegetation community. The objectives are to determine the elements and influences that affect the impact of fire on Peatlands and their condition It will develop objectives for alpine Peatland condition and prioritise spatially alpine Peatlands for conservation and protection.
Funding
Parks Victoria ($56,296)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lefroy EC; Magierowski RH; Bowman DMJS; Williamson G; Wild AS
Year
2015
Sense-T Stage 2: AirRater (2015 - 2016)$842,956
Description
A $1 million partnership between the University of Tasmania, the Tasmanian Environment Protection Agency, CSIRO, the Australian National University, and the Tasmanian Government's Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The AirRater project will build a Tasmania-wide sensor network to measure real-time air quality, and develop a smartphone app to provide individualised alerts to people whose health is at risk from smoke, pollen, heat or pollution. The sensor network will also be used to support community-wide air pollution health advisories, heatwave forecasting and alerts, and fire weather mapping to assist firefighters, landowners and government.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($842,956)
Scheme
Grant - Institutional
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnston F; Bowman DMJS; Williamson G; Cooling NB; Wheeler A
Period
2015 - 2016
Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC Scholarship for Mercy Nelima Ndalila (2015 - 2018)$32,917
Funding
Bushfire and Natural Hazard CRC ($32,917)
Scheme
Scholarship
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Bowman DMJS; Williamson G
Period
2015 - 2018
Characterizing fire behaviour in Tasmanias wet forest types through improved models (2015 - 2018)$98,000
Funding
Bushfire and Natural Hazard CRC ($98,000)
Scheme
Scholarship
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Bowman DMJS; Williamson G
Period
2015 - 2018
Understanding and ameliorating the human health effects of exposure to air pollution: from knowledge to policy and public health practice (2015 - 2017)$165,824
Description
The Hazelwood coal mine fire at Morwell in Victoria lasted 6 weeks. It was an unprecedented event that produced some of the most extreme concentration of PM2.5 ever measured in Australia. The public health response to this was hampered by the paucity of published evidence, particularly concerning the risk of longer term impacts on the health of those exposed. The purpose of the proposed research is to address this gap.
Funding
National Health & Medical Research Council ($165,824)
Scheme
Grant-Centre of Research Excellence
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Williamson G; Johnston F
Period
2015 - 2017
Grant Reference
1030259
Assessment of fuel treatments for bushfire risk reduction in Tasmania (2014)$50,000
Description
The target outcomes of this research are: 1) produce a statistical summary of wildfire risk to assets; 2) present summary to meeting of State Fire Management Council; 3) produce research paper detailing the methodology and results of this work.
Funding
State Fire Commission ($50,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Bowman DMJS; Williamson G
Year
2014
Assessment of fire refugia of possible high conservation Tasmania eucalypt forest and literature review of ecology of gigantic eucalypt forests (2012)$29,205
Funding
Professor Jonathan West ($29,205)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Bowman DMJS; Williamson G
Year
2012
Assessment of areas of significance for the conservation of Tasmania's eucalypt genetic resources and locations of evolutionary refugia within possible high conservation Tasmanian eucalypt forest (2012)$20,000
Funding
Professor Jonathan West ($20,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Potts BM; Jordan GJ; Williamson G
Year
2012
Visiting Scholarship for Sarah Henderson, UBC (2010)$5,065
Funding
University of Tasmania ($5,065)
Scheme
Grant-Visiting Fellowships & Visiting Scholarships
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnston F; Bowman DMJS; Williamson G
Year
2010

Research Supervision

Current

4

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDAnthropogenic Transformations of the Eucalyptus C3 Savannahs of the Tasmanian Midlands2012
PhDPyrogeography of Tasmania - Understanding How Vegetation Type and Bushfire History Influence Fuel Types and Smoke Emissions2015
PhDAdapting the PHOENIX Rapidfire Model to Tasmanian Forests in Order to Inform Planned Burning Efforts2015
PhDDetermining the Effects of Past Land Use History and Fire Fighting Effort on Fire Extent and Severity for the 2016 Lightning Fires in Western Tasmania2016