Remote sensing of Ecosystem Resilience

Improved monitoring of ecosystem resilience using high-resolution remote sensing

Degree type


Closing date

29 October 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore

About the research project

In an ever-changing world, it is increasingly important that we understand the impacts of climate change and extreme events on the ecosystems around us. Many of the unique environments that we have both in Tasmania and the rest of Australia are increasingly under pressure, and at risk of loss or degradation. The ability to quantify and understand the composition and structure of vegetation communities is critical in assessing the resilience of these ecosystems to a changing climate. This project, in collaboration with the national NCRIS Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) program, aims to understand how high resolution remotely sensed data can be used to grow this understanding. The project will look at how different remote sensing techniques, such as drone-based systems, can be used to summarise and describe vegetation communities at the landscape scale. The ability of this information to help improve monitoring and mapping programs across Australia will also be investigated as part of this research.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Prof Arko Lucieer


Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,597 per annum (2021 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.


The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international applicants who are already in Australia (onshore) at the time of submitting their application.

Due to current Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions the University cannot accept applications from international applicants who are currently overseas.

Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements and the following additional eligibility criteria specific to this project:

  • Completion of tertiary-level courses in remote sensing, spatial sciences, and environmental sciences

As a supervisory team, we understand the importance of flexible working arrangements for those with caring responsibilities, and endeavour to provide a supportive and inclusive learning environment. We particularly welcome applications from students from diverse backgrounds, such as individuals identifying as female and from members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Knowledge of remote sensing and practical skills in image processing
  • Experience in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Background in environmental science, ecology, plant biology or environmental geography
  • Ability to complete field work as required

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Programming skills in Python
  • Experience with drone data collection and processing

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select the project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Prof Arko Lucieer, if you have any questions about the project; and
  3. Click here to submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including 2 x referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email.

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