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Rebecca Harris

Senior Lecturer Physical Geography (Climatology)
Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Geography and Spatial Sciences

Room 435 , Geography Building

+61 3 6226 2920 (phone)

Rebecca.Harris@utas.edu.au

Bec’s principal research interests are in the areas of conservation management and climate change impacts on natural and human systems. She integrates climate science with ecological research to contribute to landscape management decisions that are necessary to adapt to climate change impacts. Recent research has focused on the impact of climate variability and extreme events on natural ecosystems and the adaptability of species and humans to change. This research has been applied to conservation management, emergency services (bushfire preparedness), agriculture (biosecurity, viticulture), and adaptation in the ski industry. She is a lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report, Working Group II, contributing to Chapter 2, Terrestrial and Freshwater Ecosystems and their Services, and the Cross Chapter Paper on Deserts, semi-arid areas and desertification. She is a Contributing author on the WGI, Chapter 12, Climate Change information for regional impact and risk assessment. She is a Co-ordinating Lead Author (CLA) for the Urban Climate Science Element in the Third Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities (ARC3.3), Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN).

Biography

Bec has 20 years’ experience working in research organizations, including the Australian Museum (Arachnology section (1995-1997) and the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Research (2000 – 2003)), the Key Centre for Biodiversity and Bioresources, Macquarie University (1998-2000), and the University of Tasmania (Antarctic Ecosystem and Climate CRC (2012 – present)). She moved from Sydney to Tasmania in 2003 and completed her PhD in 2012 in the School of Geography, University of Tasmania. In 2016 she was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship which supported a year’s research stay at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig, Germany. Bec joined the School of Geography, Planning and Spatial Science in 2019 as a Lecturer in Climatology, and leads the Climate Futures team.

Career summary

Qualifications

Degree Thesis TitleUniversityCountryAwarded
PhD The biophysical and behavioral strategies of thermoregulation in the wingless grasshopper – A model to test potential climate change impacts on insects. University of Tasmania Australia 2012
MSc Cattle grazing in public forests: the response of ground-dwelling spider assemblages Macquarie University Australia 2000
BAppSc   The University of Technology Australia 1991

Memberships

Professional practice

Bec is a member of the EcoCommons Scientific Advisory Committee, which provides scientific advice to the EcoCommons platform, which aims to give Australian practitioners and researchers access to trusted, world-leading ecological and environmental modelling tools.

From 2019-2020, she was a member of the Expert Committee, Collaborative Species Distribution Modelling Program, a collaborative venture between Federal and State Departments of Environment (Aust., Qld and NSW), the Atlas of Living Australia and universities. In this role she provided expert advice to advance the production of scientifically robust species distribution models and support transparent decision making by government at state and federal levels.

Bec is a lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report, Working Group II, contributing to Chapter 2, Terrestrial and Freshwater Ecosystems and their Services, and the Cross Chapter Paper on Deserts, semi-arid areas and desertification.
She is a Contributing author on the WGI, Chapter 12, Climate Change information for regional impact and risk assessment. She is a Co-ordinating Lead Author (CLA) for the Urban Climate Science Element in the Third Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities (ARC3.3), Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN).

Administrative expertise

As Director of the Climate Futures Programme, Bec leads a team of five researchers, including meteorologists, climate modellers and climate change communicators, and collaborates closely with social scientists, landscape ecologists and urban geographers.

Bec has extensive experience collaborating with and leading large groups of interdisciplinary teams to plan, design and publish high quality research. In the last 5 years she has led 7 research projects working with agricultural producers, emergency services, alpine ski resort operators, forestry managers, wine makers and government agencies to understand their exposure to climate risks and develop solutions.

One recent example (2016-2020) is Australia’s wine future, a multi-disciplinary adaptation project involving 15 researchers from 6 different organisations (UTAS, CSIRO, SARDI, AWRI, TIA). This project brought together climate scientists and modellers, viticulturalists and social scientists to provide regional climate simulations, improve uptake of climate information to inform adaptation decisions, and identify lessons that might be transferable across regions already managing a range of climate challenges.

Teaching

Teaching expertise

Biodiversity assessment (invertebrate and botanical), biogeography, island ecology, invasion and disturbance ecology, thermal biology, species distribution modelling, microclimatology and application of climate model output.

Teaching responsibility

Co-ordination:

Introduction to the Science of Climate Change (KGA104)

Responding to Climate Change (KGA105)

Our Changing Climate (KGA320)

Space, Place and Nature (KGA172)

Conserving Nature in Landscapes (KGA332)

Natural Environment Field Techniques (KGA213)

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Expertise

Expertise

  • Biodiversity assessment (invertebrate and botanical)
  • Biogeography
  • Island ecology
  • Invasion and disturbance ecology
  • Thermal biology
  • Species distribution modelling
  • Microclimatology and application of climate model output

Research Themes

  • Microclimatology
  • Climate change
  • Ecology
  • Fire
  • Biodiversity
  • Conservation

Research Themes

Bec’s research contributes to the UTAS research themes Environment, Resources and Sustainability and Data, Knowledge and Decisions. The successful integration of climate science and model downscaling with extensive stakeholder consultation and community engagement has formed the basis of a very successful model of end user delivery that has been applied to a wide range of industries and regions in Tasmania and across Australia.
Her research requires a multi-disciplinary approach, to develop tools and techniques relevant to biodiversity conservation policy and climate change adaptation. She regularly collaborations across disciplines including law, economics, ecology, biophysical and social sciences. Bec’s research contributes to improved infrastructure development, water allocation policies and natural disaster management, and more efficient and effective planning for agriculture, public health, biodiversity conservation and industry investment under a changing climate. All of these areas are strongly aligned to UTAS strategies at the College (CoSE), and School Discipline (GPSS) levels.

Collaboration

Bec has ongoing collaborations with the Department of Conservation Biology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig, Germany; the Federal Institute for Hydrology, Germany; Macquarie University; CSIRO; the South Australian Research Development Institute and the Australian Wine Research Institute. With the Climate Futures team she has worked closely with stakeholders including Hobart City Council, TasFire, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service and State Emergency Services.

Awards

    Bec’s research has received the following formal recognition:

    • Linnaean Society of NSW Joyce W. Vickery Scientific Research Grant, 2005
    • ANZ Holsworth Research Endowment, 2007
    • Australian Museum Postgraduate Award, 2007
    • Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship, 2016
    • National Excellence in Educational Leadership Initiative (NEELI) Scholarship, 2018
    • College of Sciences and Engineering (CoSE) Commendation for Service Excellence (with Climate Futures team), 2020

Current projects

Current projects involve the use of dynamically downscaled climate projections across a range of ecological, social and economic projects.
The Climate Futures website

Fields of Research

  • Climate change processes (370201)
  • Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation (410102)
  • Conservation and biodiversity (410401)
  • Global change biology (319902)
  • Climatology (370202)
  • Invertebrate biology (310913)
  • Agricultural spatial analysis and modelling (300206)
  • Environmental engineering (401199)
  • Environmental management (410404)
  • Landscape ecology (410206)
  • Forestry fire management (300706)
  • Terrestrial ecology (310308)
  • Forestry management and environment (300707)
  • Natural hazards (370903)
  • Behavioural ecology (310301)
  • Tourist behaviour and visitor experience (350806)
  • Environmental management (410499)
  • Air pollution modelling and control (401101)
  • Surface water hydrology (370704)
  • Human geography (440699)
  • Atomic, molecular and optical physics (510299)
  • Other environmental sciences (419999)
  • Architectural science and technology (330105)
  • Horticultural crop protection (incl. pests, diseases and weeds) (300804)
  • Human impacts of climate change and human adaptation (410103)
  • Agricultural systems analysis and modelling (300207)
  • Physical oceanography (370803)
  • Social geography (440610)
  • Physical geography and environmental geoscience (370999)
  • Land use and environmental planning (330404)
  • Geomorphology and earth surface processes (370901)
  • Risk engineering (401005)
  • Urban geography (440612)
  • Forest health and pathology (300704)
  • Biosecurity science and invasive species ecology (410202)
  • Meteorology (370108)
  • Oenology and viticulture (300805)
  • Agro-ecosystem function and prediction (300402)
  • Soil biology (410603)
  • Environmental education and extension (410403)
  • Natural resource management (410406)
  • Urban and regional planning (330499)
  • Environmental law (480203)
  • Climate change science (370299)
  • Environmental philosophy (500304)
  • Health services and systems (420399)
  • Environment policy (440704)
  • Atmospheric dynamics (370105)
  • Wildlife and habitat management (410407)
  • Biogeography and phylogeography (310402)
  • Ecosystem function (410203)

Research Objectives

  • Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem) (190101)
  • Effects of climate change on Australia (excl. social impacts) (190504)
  • Climate change models (190501)
  • Ecosystem adaptation to climate change (190102)
  • Social impacts of climate change and variability (190103)
  • Natural hazards (190499)
  • Climate variability (excl. social impacts) (190502)
  • Expanding knowledge in engineering (280110)
  • Terrestrial biodiversity (180606)
  • Forestry (260299)
  • Rehabilitation or conservation of terrestrial environments (180604)
  • Wine grapes (260608)
  • Field grown vegetable crops (260505)
  • Understanding climate change (190599)
  • Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences (280102)
  • Climatological hazards (e.g. extreme temperatures, drought and wildfires) (190401)
  • Global effects of climate change (excl. Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and the South Pacific) (excl. social impacts) (190507)
  • Assessment and management of freshwater ecosystems (180301)
  • Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in terrestrial environments (180602)
  • Economic issues in tourism (110401)
  • Construction design (120299)
  • Effects of climate change on the South Pacific (excl. Australia and New Zealand) (excl. social impacts) (190506)
  • Air quality (180101)
  • Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences (280111)
  • Tourism infrastructure development (110403)
  • Ground water quantification, allocation and impact of depletion (180305)
  • Evaluation, allocation, and impacts of land use (180603)
  • Climate change mitigation strategies (190301)
  • Environmental policy, legislation and standards (190299)
  • Land policy (190207)
  • Effects of climate change on Antarctic and sub-Antarctic environments (excl. social impacts) (190503)
  • Expanding knowledge in psychology (280121)
  • Other culture and society (139999)
  • Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems (180601)
  • Weather (180104)
  • Management, resources and leadership (160204)
  • Other environmental management (189999)
  • Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences (280107)
  • Understanding the impact of natural hazards caused by climate change (190508)
  • Public services policy advice and analysis (230204)
  • Government and politics (230299)
  • Public health (excl. specific population health) (200499)
  • Hardwood plantations (260201)

Publications

Bec has a diverse publication record reflecting her wide-ranging expertise on the response of species and communities to climate change – in particular, in biodiversity assessment (invertebrate and botanical), biogeography, island ecology, invasion and disturbance ecology, thermal biology, species distribution modelling, microclimatology, and application of climate model output. Much of her recent research has focussed on bridging the disciplines of climate modelling and science and ecology to improve uptake of climate data into conservation biology and management, and climate adaptation across industry and government.

Bec has co-authored ~30 peer-reviewed journal articles in the areas of Climate adaptation, Interdisciplinary Research, Ecological theory, Conservation, Climate Modelling and Interactions. She  has written or co-authored 15 technical reports for industry and other stakeholders.

Bec is a Guest Editor, Special Issue, Bushfire in Tasmania, in the journal Fire, 2020

Total publications

52

Journal Article

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YearCitationAltmetrics
2021Lucas J, Harris RMB, 'Changing climate suitability for dominant eucalyptus species may affect future fuel loads and flammability in Tasmania', Fire, 4, (1) Article 1. ISSN 2571-6255 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/fire4010001 [eCite] [Details]

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2020Harris RMB, Loeffler F, Rumm A, Fischer C, Horchler P, et al., 'Biological responses to extreme weather events are detectable but difficult to formally attribute to anthropogenic climate change', Scientific Reports, 10, (1) Article 14067. ISSN 2045-2322 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-70901-6 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

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2019Fischer C, Damm C, Foeckler F, Gelhaus M, Gerstner L, et al., 'The 'habitat provision' index for assessing floodplain biodiversity and restoration potential as an ecosystem service - method and application', Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 7 Article 483. ISSN 2296-701X (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2019.00483 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

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2019Ojeda JJ, Rezaei EE, Remenyi TA, Webb MA, Webber HA, et al., 'Effects of soil- and climate data aggregation on simulated potato yield and irrigation water requirement', Science of The Total Environment Article 135589. ISSN 0048-9697 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.135589 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Ojeda JJ; Remenyi TA; Mohammed CL; Meinke H

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2018Harris RMB, Beaumont LJ, Vance TR, Tozer CR, Remenyi TA, et al., 'Biological responses to the press and pulse of climate trends and extreme events', Nature Climate Change, 8 pp. 579-587. ISSN 1758-678X (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/s41558-018-0187-9 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 121Web of Science - 115

Co-authors: Vance TR; Tozer CR; Remenyi TA; Williamson G; Bowman DMJS

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2018Harris RMB, Remenyi T, Fox-Hughes P, Love P, Bindoff NL, 'Exploring the future of fuel loads in Tasmania, Australia: shifts in vegetation in response to changing fire weather, productivity, and fire frequency', Forests, 9, (4) Article 210. ISSN 1999-4907 (2018) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.3390/f9040210 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Remenyi T; Love P; Bindoff NL

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2018Rumm A, Foeckler F, Dziock F, Ilg C, Scholz M, et al., 'Shifts in mollusc traits following floodplain reconnection: testing the response of functional diversity components', Freshwater Biology, 63, (6) pp. 505-517. ISSN 0046-5070 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/fwb.13082 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 31

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2018Yadav S, Stow AJ, Harris RMB, Dudaniec RY, 'Morphological variation tracks environmental gradients in an agricultural pest, Phaulacridium vittatum (Orthoptera: Acrididae)', Journal of Insect Science, 18, (6) Article 13. ISSN 1536-2442 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/jisesa/iey121 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5

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2017Harris RMB, Kriticos DJ, Remenyi T, Bindoff N, 'Unusual suspects in the usual places: a phylo-climatic framework to identify potential future invasive species', Biological Invasions, 19, (2) pp. 577-596. ISSN 1387-3547 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10530-016-1334-8 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Remenyi T; Bindoff N

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2017Harrison PA, Vaillancourt RE, Harris RMB, Potts BM, 'Integrating climate change and habitat fragmentation to identify candidate seed sources for ecological restoration', Restoration Ecology, 25, (4) pp. 524-531. ISSN 1061-2971 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/rec.12488 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: Harrison PA; Vaillancourt RE; Potts BM

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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 - 39Web of Science - 35

Co-authors: Remenyi TA; Williamson GJ; Bindoff NL; Bowman DMJS

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2016McDonald J, McCormack PC, Fleming AJ, Harris RMB, Lockwood M, 'Rethinking legal objectives for climate-adaptive conservation', Ecology and Society, 21, (2) Article 25. ISSN 1708-3087 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5751/ES-08460-210225 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 10

Co-authors: McDonald J; McCormack PC; Fleming AJ; Lockwood M

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2016Porfirio LL, Harris RMB, Stojanovic D, Webb MH, Mackey B, 'Projected direct and indirect effects of climate change on the swift parrot, an endangered migratory species', Emu, 116, (3) pp. 273-283. ISSN 0158-4197 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/MU15094 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 1

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2015Harris RMB, Carter O, Gilfedder L, Porfirio LL, Lee G, et al., 'Noah's ark conservation will not preserve threatened ecological communities under climate change', PLoS One, 10, (4) Article e0124014. ISSN 1932-6203 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0124014 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Lee G; Bindoff NL

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2015Harris RMB, McQuillan P, Hughes L, 'The effectiveness of common thermo-regulatory behaviours in a cool temperate grasshopper', Journal of Thermal Biology, 52 pp. 75-83. ISSN 0306-4565 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jtherbio.2015.06.001 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: McQuillan P

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2015Lechner AM, Doerr V, Harris RMB, Doerr E, Lefroy EC, 'A framework for incorporating fine-scale dispersal behaviour into biodiversity conservation planning', Landscape and Urban Planning, 141 pp. 11-23. ISSN 0169-2046 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2015.04.008 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 21Web of Science - 21

Co-authors: Lechner AM; Lefroy EC

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2015Lechner AM, Harris RMB, Doerr V, Doerr E, Drielsma M, et al., 'From static connectivity modelling to scenario-based planning at local and regional scales', Journal for Nature Conservation, 28 pp. 78-88. ISSN 1617-1381 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jnc.2015.09.003 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 17Web of Science - 15

Co-authors: Lechner AM; Lefroy EC

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2015Raymond CM, Lechner AM, Lockwood M, Carter O, Harris RMB, et al., 'Private land manager capacity to conserve threatened communities under climate change', Journal of Environmental Management, 159 pp. 235-244. ISSN 0301-4797 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.04.048 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Lechner AM; Lockwood M

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2014Fox-Hughes P, Harris RM, Lee G, Grose MR, Bindoff NL, 'Future fire danger climatology for Tasmania, Australia, using a dynamically downscaled regional climate model', International Journal of Wildland Fire, 23, (3) pp. 309-321. ISSN 1049-8001 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/WF13126 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 38Web of Science - 36

Co-authors: Lee G; Grose MR; Bindoff NL

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2014Gould SF, Beeton NJ, Harris RMB, Hutchinson MF, Lechner AM, et al., 'A tool for simulating and communicating uncertainty when modelling species distributions under future climates', Ecology and Evolution, 4, (24) pp. 4798-4811. ISSN 2045-7758 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/ece3.1319 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 30Web of Science - 26

Co-authors: Beeton NJ; Lechner AM

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2014Grose MR, Fox-Hughes P, Harris RM, Bindoff NL, 'Changes to the drivers of fire weather with a warming climate - a case study of southeast Tasmania', Climatic Change, 124, (1-2) pp. 255-269. ISSN 0165-0009 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10584-014-1070-y [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 12

Co-authors: Grose MR; Bindoff NL

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2014Harris RM, Grose MR, Lee G, Bindoff NL, Porfirio L, et al., 'Climate projections for ecologists', Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 5, (5) pp. 621-637. ISSN 1757-7799 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/wcc.291 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 78Web of Science - 71

Co-authors: Grose MR; Lee G; Bindoff NL

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2014Porfirio LL, Harris RM, Lefroy EC, Hugh S, Gould SF, et al., 'Improving the use of species distribution models in conservation planning and management under climate change', PLoS ONE, 9, (11) Article e113749. ISSN 1932-6203 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0113749 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 132Web of Science - 126

Co-authors: Lefroy EC; Lee G; Bindoff NL

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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 - 10Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Williamson GJ; Prior LD; Grose MR; Bowman DMJS

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2013Harris R, McQuillan PB, Hughes L, 'Experimental manipulation of melanism demonstrates the plasticity of preferred temperature in an agricultural pest (Phaulacridium vittatum)', PLoS One, 8, (11) Article e80243. ISSN 1932-6203 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0080243 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7

Co-authors: McQuillan PB

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2013Harris R, Porfirio LL, Hugh S, Lee G, Bindoff NL, et al., 'To Be Or Not to Be? Variable selection can change the projected fate of a threatened species under future climate', Ecological Management and Restoration, 14, (3) pp. 230-234. ISSN 1442-7001 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/emr.12055 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 26

Co-authors: Lee G; Bindoff NL; Beeton N

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2013Harris RM, McQuillan PB, Hughes L, 'A test of the thermal melanism hypothesis in the wingless grass-hopper Phaulacridium vittatum', Journal of Insect Science, 13 Article 51. ISSN 1536-2442 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1673/031.013.5101 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 20Web of Science - 20

Co-authors: McQuillan PB

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2012Harris R, McQuillan P, Hughes L, 'Patterns in body size and melanism along a latitudinal cline in the wingless grasshopper, Phaulacridium vittatum', Journal of Biogeography, 39, (8) pp. 1450-1461. ISSN 0305-0270 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2699.2012.02710.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 22Web of Science - 23

Co-authors: McQuillan P

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Book

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Remenyi TA, Rollins DA, Love PT, Bindoff NL, Harris RMB, 'Australia's Wine Future - A Climate Atlas', University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 487. ISBN 9781922352057 (2019) [Authored Other Book]

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Co-authors: Remenyi TA; Rollins DA; Love PT; Bindoff NL

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Review

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YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Harris RMB, 'Book review: Adapting to an uncertain climate: lessons from practice. Edited by Tiago Capela Lourenco et al', Quarterly Review of Biology, 91, (1) pp. 79. ISSN 0033-5770 (2016) [Review Single Work]

DOI: 10.1086/685320 [eCite] [Details]

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Conference Publication

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YearCitationAltmetrics
2020Chapagain R, Ojeda J, Mohammed C, Brown J, Remenyi T, et al., 'Historical and current approaches to decompose uncertainty in crop model predictions', iCROPM2020 Book of Abstracts, 3-5 February 2020, Montpellier, France, pp. 555-556. (2020) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Ojeda J; Mohammed C; Remenyi T

2020Ojeda J, Rezaei EE, Remenyi T, Webb M, Webber H, et al., 'Multi-resolution analysis of aggregated spatial data to simulate yield and irrigation water demand at regional scales', iCROPM2020 Book of Abstracts, 3-5 February 2020, Montpellier, France, pp. 195-196. (2020) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Ojeda J; Remenyi T; Mohammed C; Meinke H

2018Harris R, Schoeman D, 'Regional climate-information needs for ecological studies and assessment', Expert Meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on Assessing Climate Information for Regions, 16-18 May 2018, Trieste, Italy, pp. 46-46. (2018) [Plenary Presentation]

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2017Harris RMB, Remenyi T, Fox-Hughes P, Love P, Phillips HE, et al., 'An assessment of the viability of prescribed burning as a management tool under a changing climate: a Tasmanian case study', Research Forum 2017: Proceedings from the Research Forum at the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and AFAC Conference, 04-06 September 2017, Sydney, pp. 48-63. ISBN 9780994169693 (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Remenyi T; Love P; Phillips HE; Bindoff NL

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2017Harris RMB, Remenyi T, Fox-Hughes P, Love PT, Bindoff NL, 'Exploring the future of fuel loads in Tasmania. Shifts in vegetation in response to changing fire weather, productivity, and fire frequency', Abstracts from the 22nd International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, 03-08 December 2017, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 1097-1103. ISBN 9780987214362 (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Remenyi T; Love PT; Bindoff NL

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2017Remenyi TA, Love PT, Harris RMB, Thatcher M, Rafter T, et al., 'High resolution regional climate model simulations available through the ACECRC Climate Futures team: what we have and how they can be used', Abstracts from the 22nd International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, 03-08 December 2017, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 1222-1228. ISBN 9780987214362 (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Remenyi TA; Love PT; Bindoff NL

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2012Bindoff NL, Lee G, Harris R, Grose MR, 'Downscaling climate projections for application to biodiversity research', AMOS 2012, 31 January - 3 February 2012, University of New South Wales, Sydney, pp. unknown. (2012) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Bindoff NL; Lee G; Grose MR

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2006Harris R, 'Latitude, temperature and insect body size - will the wingless grasshopper get bigger as the world gets hotter?', School of Geography and Environmental Studies Conference 2006: Full Program with Abstracts, October, Hobart, pp. 17-17. (2006) [Conference Extract]

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Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(6 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Love P, Remenyi T, Harris R, Bindoff N, 'Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Climate Change and Bushfire Research Initiative', Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, Hobart, Tasmania (2019) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Love P; Remenyi T; Bindoff N

2018Bindoff NL, Love P, Grose MR, Harris RMB, Remenyi TA, et al., 'Review of climate impact change work undertaken, research gaps and opportunities in the Tasmanian context', Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, Hobart, Australia (2018) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Bindoff NL; Love P; Grose MR; Remenyi TA; White CJ

2018Harris RMB, Remenyi T, Fox-Hughes P, Love P, Phillips HE, et al., 'An assessment of the viability of prescribed burning as a management tool under a changing climate. A Report for the National Bushfire Mitigation - Tasmanian Grants Program (NBMP)', Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, Hobart, Australia (2018) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Remenyi T; Fox-Hughes P; Love P; Phillips HE; Bindoff NL

2017Love P, Fox-Hughes P, Remenyi T, Harris R, Bindoff NL, 'Impact of Climate Change on Weather Related Fire Risk in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Climate Change and Bushfire Research Initiative', Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, Hobart, Australia (2017) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Love P; Fox-Hughes P; Remenyi T; Bindoff NL

2016Remenyi TA, Harris R, White CJ, Corney S, Jabour J, et al., 'Projecting Volunteer Resource Requirements Under Extreme Climate Futures Technical Report', Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, and the University of Tasmania, Australia (2016) [Consultants Report]

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Co-authors: Remenyi TA; White CJ; Corney S; Jabour J; Kelty S; Norris K; Denny L; Julian R; Bindoff N

2012Grose MR, Harris R, Lee G, 'Future climate projections for Tasmanian IBRA regions: A report to the Independent Verification Group for the Tasmanian Forest Agreement', Independent Verification Group for the Tasmanian Forest Agreement, Report 6 (2012) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Grose MR; Lee G

Thesis

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2012Harris R, 'The thermal biology of the wingless grasshopper (Phaulacridium vittatum). A model to test potential climate change impacts on insects' (2012) [PhD]

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Other Public Output

(7 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2020Mocatta G, Harris R, Remenyi T, 'Pass the shiraz: how Australia's wine industry can adapt to climate change', The Guardian, Guardian Australia, Australia, 16 June 2020 (2020) [Newspaper Article]

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Co-authors: Mocatta G; Remenyi T

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2020Williamson G, Mocatta G, Harris R, Remenyi T, 'Yes, the Australian bush is recovering from bushfires - but it may never be the same', The Conversation, The Conversation Media Group Ltd, Australia, 19 February 2020 (2020) [Newspaper Article]

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Co-authors: Williamson G; Mocatta G; Remenyi T

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2019Harris RMB, Remenyi TA, Hayman P, Thomas DN, Risbey J, et al., 'AUSTRALIA'S WINE FUTURE: Adapting to short-term climate variability and long-term climate change', Final report to Wine Australia, Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania. (2019) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Remenyi TA; Risbey J; Bindoff NL

2016Harris RMB, Remenyi T, Bindoff NL, 'The potential impacts of climate change on Victorian alpine resorts. A report for the Alpine Resorts Co-ordinating Council', Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, Hobart, Tasmania (2016) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Remenyi T; Bindoff NL

2015Cowan T, Forrest S, Guo Y, Harris RM, Huang C, et al., 'Group 1: temperature and extreme weather events', Climate change challenges to health - Risks and opportunities. Recommendations from the 2014 Theo Murphy High Flyers Think Tank, Australian Academy of Science, Canberra, ACT, ISBN 978 0 85847 414, pp. 6-9. (2015) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Law T

2015Leith PB, Harris RMB, Bridle K, Kemmerer E, Baldwin A, et al., 'A means-to-an-end: a process guide for participatory spatial prioritisation in Australian natural resource management', Southern Slopes Climate Change Adaptation Research Partnership (SCARP), University of Tasmania, Hobart (2015) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Leith PB; Bridle K

2015Wallis P, Harwood A, Leith PB, Hamilton L, Bosomworth K, et al., 'Southern slopes information portal report: climate change adaptation information for natural resource planning and implementation', Southern Slopes Climate Change Adaptation Research Partnership (SCARP), Monash University, University of Tasmania, RMIT (2015) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Harwood A; Leith PB; Bridle K

Grants & Funding

In the last six years Bec has secured 30 competitive research grants worth ~$2.9 million, of which she was the lead CI on five.

Bec was Chief Investigator on these recently completed research projects:

  1. Australia’s wine future: Adapting to short-term climate variability and long-term climate change. Funded by the Australian Grape and Wine Authority (2016-2019)
  2. An assessment of the viability of prescribed burning as a management tool under a changing climate. Funded by the National Disaster Resilience Grants Program (2018-2019)
  3. A characterisation of synoptic weather features often associated with extreme events in SE Australia and Tasmania. Funded by the Bushfire Natural Hazards CRC (2019-2020)
  4. The Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Victorian Alpine Resorts. Funded by the Alpine Resorts Co-ordinating Council (2016)
  5. The impact of inter-annual climate variability and extreme events on floodplain communities. Funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2017-2018)

She is currently leading the project Evaluation of the susceptibility of Tasmania’s agricultural sector to insect pest species under a changing climate, in whichfine resolution climate projections are used to map changes to the distribution of the Queensland Fruit Fly, incorporating lifecycle information to understand future changes in growth and number of generations on seasonal and inter-annual timescales.

Funding Summary

Number of grants

31

Total funding

$2,956,459

Projects

Real-time high-resolution bushfire fuel moisture mapping (2021)$18,978
Description
The moisture content of dead and live vegetation is a critical parameter in assessing the risk associated with vegetation flammability and determining bushfire intensity and rate of spread. Fire management and planning in emergency services, conservation, and forestry agencies rely on a range of quantitative estimates of fuel moisture and potential rates of fire spread derived from observed and modelled weather parameters. At present, some estimates of live fuel moisture and soil moisture, a proxy for dead fuel moisture content, are available at spatial resolutions of the order of one kilometre at daily time resolution, at the limit of the capabilities of readily available satellite imagery. However, due to the highly variable topography of Tasmania, fire managers would benefit from higher resolution data that resolves fuel availability in the microclimate features that characterise the Tasmanian landscape.This project will produce an operational system providing statewide real-time (hourly) gridded datasets of fuel moisture parameters such as Soil Dryness Index (SDI) and Drought Factor (DF) at 80-metre resolution for use by Tasmanian fire managers. The project will build on the Tasmanian Government Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) recently implemented operational system producing statewide grids of air temperature and rainfall at 80-metre resolution, updated hourly, and available via LISTmap.
Funding
Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management [TAS] ($18,978)
Scheme
Grant-NDRRGP
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Love PT; Harris R; Webb M
Year
2021
Natural Hazards Climate Atlas for Tasmania (2021)$137,150
Description
This project will build on the recently released work by Climate Futures, Australias Wine Future A Climate Atlas, which developed new approaches to provide tailored climate information for particular regions and industries. The attached atlas section gives an example of the indices that were calculated for the Tasmanian wine regions.The proposed natural hazards atlas will extend the spatial coverage to identify current and emerging climate risks across all of Tasmania and provide extensive information on extreme events such as heatwaves, fire and flood. Fine-scaled climate information will be provided in an accessible, usable form across the state to support the prioritisation of future strategic investments to help build resilience to current and emerging natural hazards. Approach:1.Identification of climate indices of highest priority to emergency management within the target regions; 2.Tailored analysis, transformation and visualisation of climate information to meet the needs of emergency managers across Tasmania;3.Dynamically downscaled regional climate model output (CCAM) to provide fine-scaled projections at 10km over Tasmania under a medium and/or high emissions scenario out to 2100. 4.Summaries for regions of interest (e.g. Local council areas or BoM forecast districts) covering indices in Table 1;5.Delivery in the form of an online atlas (static document) and the presentation of the atlas to stakeholders (live presentations recorded and made available online). 6.Focus on impacts of extreme events such as heatwaves, droughts, floods and fire.7.Calculation and validation of storm related indices (e.g. frequency, storm tracks, hail, lightning potential) and wind (Phase 2). PROJECT PURPOSE To develop a Climate atlas, specific for the Tasmanian emergency management sector. PROJECT OBJECTIVES, DELIVERABLES AND OUTPUTSOutputs:An online atlas providing information about recent, observed changes in climate and how it is projected to change into the future, at short, mid and longer time horizons.Spatial layers describing current and future natural hazards to be added to data delivery portals such as TheList.Presentations recorded and provided online for sharing more broadly across the industry and regions.Benefits:A source of relevant climate information that industry and government decision makers can use to inform operational, tactical and strategic decisions.Improved understanding of extreme events and natural hazards to help emergency managers and communities report on, minimise and adapt to climate risks. Identification of exposure to climate variability and long-term change.Flow-on effects leading to more resilient industries and communities.
Funding
Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management [TAS] ($137,150)
Scheme
Grant-NDRRGP
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Remenyi TA; Love PT; Harris R; Mocatta G; Rollins D
Year
2021
Future Climate Trajectories - Comparing Australian Wine Regions to other International Wine Regions out to 2100 (2020)$24,745
Description
A recently-completed Wine Australia project (the UT 1504 Project), entitled Australias wine future: adapting to short- term climate variability and long-term climate change, aimed to provide the wine sector with user-friendly, fine-scale, tailored climate information which includes both short-term predictions and long-term projections. Such information will inform management decisions as well as strategic decisions for the sector to manage climate variability over the longer term. The project outputs were presented to Wine Australia in December 2019 in the form of Australias Wine Future A Climate Atlas (the Atlas). Feedback on Figure 18 (see Figure 1 below) from the Atlas was that it neatly captured a key output from the UT 1504 Project, namely, that it describes projected future trajectories of change for all Australian wine regions (considering both temperature and aridity changes). It was identified that adding and/or incorporating the projected changes expected for other regions around the world into the Figure 1 below would be strategically useful for mitigating the risk that international critics of the Australian wine industry may misuse and/or misrepresent the climate outputs from the Atlas.
Funding
Wine Australia ($24,745)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Remenyi TA; Rollins D; Harris R; Love PT; Earl NO
Year
2020
Market Insights Regional Climate Snapshots (2020)$15,881
Description
This project will deliver a summary of climate variables for each of the previous seasons. This information allows the Australian and international wine industry to understand how each season performed relative to all the others. Wine Australia delivers Market Insights to the wine industry. They need assistance delivering this in the immediate term. They are also interested in learning how to complete this task in-house and request appropriate training, which this project will provide.
Funding
Wine Australia ($15,881)
Scheme
Consultancy
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Remenyi TA; Rollins D; Harris R; Love PT; Earl NO
Year
2020
Knowledge Brokering and Collaborative Networks for The Navigating Climate Change Mission (2020)$140,000
Description
This project aims to couple knowledge brokering and translation activities within the CSIRO Navigating Climate Change Mission (NCC) and the Climate Futures Programme at the University of Tasmania. This will inform the development of a best practice framework for knowledge brokering and research translation in the field of climate science.
Funding
CSIRO-Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation ($140,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Harris R; Remenyi TA
Year
2020
Climate Atlas webinars to wine industry associations (2020)$16,500
Description
Wine Australia recognises the importance of extending the impact of the recently released Australias Wine Future A Climate Atlas so that as broad an audience as possible can benefit from improved information about potential climate impacts. This project focuses on targeted engagement with the Regional Program clusters. It will assist them to understand the value of the atlas and how it can inform decision making across their regions, including the specific risks they will have to manage across different parts of Australia. Stage A is to provide tailored webinars to the Wine sector via the Wine Australia Regional Program Clusters. The webinars will be recorded and will have national promotion via the Wine Australia website but will also rely on regional program partners to be involved in the design and promotion in their regionStage B is based on the follow up surveys post webinars and will determine what other extension materials the Regions might require after having been exposed to the information in the Climate Atlas. It is envisaged that the potential climate impact information in the form of additional webinars, recordings and/or printed material be used in the Regional program activities and workshops in the future. While there will be limited extension funds available beyond the initial webinar roll out; subject to regional needs post webinar Wine Australia will consider and prioritise stage B activities gleaned from webinar responses and/or devolve further activities through regional program partner activities.PROJECT PURPOSE To provide tailored interpretation of the Climate atlas, specific for each Wine Australia Regional Cluster.PROJECT OBJECTIVES, DELIVERABLES AND OUTPUTSFor each region, this project will deliver: -an initial meeting to discuss the Regions needs and interests in order to define the scope of the webinar, which will allow the project team to tailor the content to meet the regions needs. -Deliver a webinar to the region, where content has been tailored to meet their specific needs, and interests.
Funding
Wine Australia ($16,500)
Scheme
Consultancy
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Remenyi TA; Harris R
Year
2020
Tide monitoring in Tasmanian estuaries (2020 - 2021)$11,949
Description
This proposal is to request funds to purchase nine water level logger instruments and stilling wells to enable the collection of up to 12 months tide data in three estuaries vulnerable to coastal flooding: Huon River Estuary, Georges Bay, and Macquarie Harbour. The resulting dataset will be published in a publicly accessible data portal.
Funding
Tasmanian State Emergency Services ($11,949)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Harris R; Palmer K; Watson CS
Period
2020 - 2021
Identifying enablers and barriers to climate adaptation in regional centres in Indonesia and Australia. (2020)$5,000
Description
This project aims to build collaborations with Indonesian partners. It will bring together experts in regional climate modelling, climate impacts and adaptation, governance and urban planning to discuss ways in which effective climate adaptation could be accelerated in regional centres in Indonesia and Australia. Using workshops that include Australian and Indonesian climate and adaptation specialists, and thematic analysis of these discussions, we will:1. Assess the availability of climate information across regional Indonesia, identify the most critical needs for information and the potential for developing future regional climate models projects;2. Prioritise regions in Indonesia for future adaptation research; and3. Identify common adaptation needs and differences that may highlight novel approaches transferable across regions4. Create a stakeholder map of climate and adaptation specialists available to engage in further work.
Funding
Department of Education ACT ($5,000)
Scheme
Travel Grant - PhillipsKPA - SEA
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Harris R; Watson Phillipa
Year
2020
Evaluation of the susceptibility of Tasmania's agricultural sector to insect pest species under a changing climate (2020 - 2021)$49,744
Description
Tasmania is often referred to as a future breadbasket of the country, and extensive investment is planned to take advantage of the warmer climate (West 2009). However, warmer conditions increase the potential for new pest species to establish permanent populations in Tasmania. Until recently, species introduced from warmer regions have been constrained by growing seasons that are too short, or winters that are too cold. This is changing. Not only are new pest species likely to establish under future climate conditions, but the activity and impact of existing pests may also increase, as population growth rates rise and higher survival and development rates lead to an increased number of generations per year. With more intensive irrigation and agriculture planned, across more diverse crops, the risk is further increased. This potential for increased risk has not yet been systematically studied.Using the most up-to-date, fine resolution climate projections available in Australia, this project will identify species that may become commercially important agricultural pests in Tasmania under a changing climate. It will extend previous research (e.g. Holz et al. 2010, Sultana et al. 2017) on future changes to the distribution of the Queensland Fruit Fly, to incorporate lifecycle information at a fine spatial and temporal resolution and to investigate changes in growth and number of generations on seasonal and inter-annual timescales. The improved precision of the downscaled simulations will allow policy makers to be more strategic in their planning of surveillance networks and in the design of pest management strategies for the future. The results from this case study will be used to develop a methodology for assessing changing pest risk, to communicate the potential for change to occur over the next decades and engage industry stakeholders in ongoing research. Project outcomes will include a comprehensive list of species considered to be of high risk to the agricultural industry in Tasmania, based on industry engagement, existing data, and an assessment of life history traits and current distribution. This research will provide essential information about the susceptibility of Tasmanias agricultural sector to insect pest species now and in the future. This will improve our preparedness for change and ability to maintain pest-free status; facilitate more informed trading arrangements (e.g., winter window arrangements); and enhance the capacity of the Tasmanian government and industry to manage the risks posed by insect pest species currently arriving in Tasmania and to proactively and strategically plan for future biosecurity risks.
Funding
Department of Premier and Cabinet ($49,744)
Scheme
Climate Research Grants Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Harris R; Remenyi TA; Horton BJ; Harrison MT; Quarrell SR; Corkrey SR; Westmore G
Period
2020 - 2021
A fire regime model for planned burning and ecological management in a changing climate (2020 - 2021)$49,743
Description
This project will translate high-resolution regional climate projections into a tool that Tasmanian fire managers can use to explore future fire regime scenarios and assist in developing planned burning strategies in the context of a changing climate. This will be achieved by further development of a computational fire regime research model so that it can be applied as an operational decision support tool.
Funding
Department of Premier and Cabinet ($49,743)
Scheme
Climate Research Grants Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Love PT; Harris R; Mocatta G; Styger JK; Doss S
Period
2020 - 2021
Identifying enablers and barriers to successful research collaboration between Indonesia, Tasmania and Australia in understandings and communication of climate change and environmental management research (2020)$2,338
Funding
University of Tasmania ($2,338)
Scheme
null
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Harris R; Elliott C; Watson Phillipa; Warman R; Lin C
Year
2020
Assessing the impact of climate change research in Tasmania on community (2020)$2,375
Funding
University of Tasmania ($2,375)
Scheme
null
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Mocatta G; Harris R; Remenyi TA
Year
2020
Using pre and post LIDAR to assess the severity of the 2019 Tasmanian Bushfires (2019)$88,105
Description
This project aims to use pre and post fire high resolution three-dimensional remote sensing data (LiDAR) to understand the geographic variation of the environmental impacts of bushfire in unlogged and logged forested landscapes in southern Tasmania and develop new tools for post fire fuel hazard score assessment.
Funding
Bushfire and Natural Hazard CRC ($88,105)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Bowman DMJS; Leonard S; Baker SC; Harris R; Jordan GJ; Lucieer A; Wardlaw TJ; Turner DJ; Williamson G; Turner PAM; Styger JK
Year
2019
A characterisation of synoptic weather features often associated with extreme events in SE Australia and Tasmania. Stage 1 - Common features of recent events (2019 - 2020)$179,520
Description
The project will identify how often negatively tilted troughs occur, how often they are associated with extreme storms/fires/lightning, and whether this pattern is an amplifier of extreme events or a stand-alone phenomenon. This will provide important information of relevance to fire managers and emergency services managing extreme storm impacts, for government and the broader community.
Funding
CRC for Bushfire Research ($179,520)
Scheme
Grant-Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Harris R; Love PT; Remenyi TA; Bindoff NL; Fox-Hughes P
Period
2019 - 2020
Governing Bushfire in Australia (2019)$6,275
Description
This project will map Australias legal, policy and institutional frameworks for bushfire governance and analyse whether existing scholarship supports the emergence of a new sub-discipline that could be described as bushfire law. This analysis is important because, if bushfire law can be identified as a separate body of law, then urgent work is needed to clarify the relevant institutional frameworks, the scope of decision-making authority and responsibilities, and appropriate principles to guide legal and policy implementation.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($6,275)
Scheme
null
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McCormack P; McDonald J; Bowman DMJS; Harris R
Year
2019
Modelling coincident extreme weather events under Tasmania's future climate (2018 - 2019)$100,000
Description
This project has three objectives: To increase our understanding and awareness of the current likelihood and impact of the highest priority coincident extreme events in Tasmania. To better understand how the frequency and impact of coincident extreme events may change in the future. To inform state and local government, industries and communities so as to enable them to build their capacity to prepare for and respond to coincident extreme events.
Funding
Department of Premier and Cabinet ($100,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Remenyi TA; Love PT; Harris R
Period
2018 - 2019
An assessment of the viability of prescribed burning as a management tool under a changing climate - Stage 2 (2018 - 2019)$136,533
Description
Recent research by the ACE CRC suggests there may be fewer opportunities for prescribed burning in the future as autumn and spring become warmer and drier. Changes to vegetation may also need to be considered when planning fuel management. In workshops associated with the research, Tasmanian fire managers identified several aspects that would enhance the research to help them make decisions about the timing of prescribed burning in the future. These are to:i)assess changes in plant productivity throughout the year, to indicate potential changes to fuel growth in the future;ii)further refine the vegetation model to incorporate fire intensity and improve the representation of fuel treatments;iii)model the future distributions of target species and vegetation communities (eg. Athrotaxis, alpine/subalpine communities) that may not persist under climate change;iv)assess combinations of extreme events that may occur simultaneously or successively to influence bushfire behaviour or amplify its severity in the autumn/spring periods.
Funding
Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management [TAS] ($136,533)
Scheme
Grant - Tasmanian Bushfire Mitigation Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Harris R; Remenyi TA; Love PT; Bindoff NL; White CJ; Williamson G; Bowman DMJS; Fox-Hughes P
Period
2018 - 2019
High-Resolution Reanalysis for Tasmania project: Stage 3 (2018 - 2019)$50,000
Description
A reanalysis is a consistent reconstruction of the state of the atmosphere through time. This data allows users to compare weather parameters such as wind, rainfall or temperature (or derived quantities such as fire danger) through time and across the area of the reanalysis, and provides a complete description of the weather in the reanalysis domain. This project will generate a reanalysis dataset for Tasmania at 1.5 km grid spacing with hourly time steps for a 25-year period, producing a high-resolution meteorological and climatological data to inform emergency management and disaster risk activities in Tasmania. The Bureau of Meteorology has agreed to produce the reanalysis for Tasmania for ACE CRC, forming part of a wider project that will generate a nationwide Australian reanalysis product at a lower 12 km resolution. In the first phase of the project (Stage 1), the Bureau of Meteorology will provide a 5-year high-resolution NWP climatology for Tasmania at a spatial resolution of about 5 km and at an hourly time step. Both ACE CRC and the Bureau of Meteorology have declared their intention to provide the 25-year high-resolution reanalysis at 1.5 km resolution for Tasmania (Stage 2) if the Tasmania State Emergency Service provides the required additional funding in 2016.Project partners will evaluate the dataset, both at the broad scale and for specific sub-regions and time periods in considerable detail to ensure the quality of the data, with the resulting approximately 70 terabytes of data stored by TPAC. Partners will engage with stakeholders to highlight the implications of the results for emergency management in Tasmania. On completion, project and technical reports will be presented, and peer-review journal articles prepared.
Funding
Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management [TAS] ($50,000)
Scheme
Grant - Tasmanian Bushfire Mitigation Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
White CJ; Bindoff NL; Corney SP; Remenyi TA; Harris R; Fox-Hughes P; Jakob D; Steinle P
Period
2018 - 2019
Review of Climate Science (2017)$48,000
Description
Review climate impact change work undertaken to date and identify research gaps and opportunities in the Tasmanian context. Develop options for program design and stakeholder engagement.
Funding
Department of Premier and Cabinet ($48,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Bindoff NL; Remenyi TA; Harris R; Love PT
Year
2017
Climate Change and Bushfire Research Initiative (2017 - 2018)$100,000
Description
Development of high priority tools and research products to enable protection of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) from adverse impacts of wildfire.
Funding
Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) ($100,000)
Scheme
Grant-National Environmental Science Prgm (NESP)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Remenyi TA; Bindoff NL; Harris R; Love PT; Fox-Hughes P
Period
2017 - 2018
Analysis of the impact of climate change on weather-related fire risk factors in the TWWHA, TWWHA01/16 (2016)$95,000
Description
The provision of those services is required to improve the States understanding of how climate change will impact on bushfire risk in the Tasmanias Wilderness World Heritage Areas (TWWHA) and further, to improve the States knowledge base for management of bushfires and prescribed burning regimes under a changing climate.
Funding
Department of Premier and Cabinet ($95,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Remenyi TA; Bindoff NL; Harris R; Love PT; Fox-Hughes P
Year
2016
Australia's wine future - adapting to short-term climate variability and long-term climate change. (2016 - 2019)$1,167,184
Description
The project will assess the impact of climate change on Australia's wine industry, and provide information to assist Australian grape growers adapt to a changing climate. The project will:I. provide high resolution climate information in an accessible and useful form to the wine regions of Australia;2. develop region-specific indices of "heat wave";3. develop variety-specific indices of heat accumulation (GDD);4. report the changes in these indices between current and future periods;5. report changes in precipitation and potential evapotranspiration between current and future periods;6. identify new varieties that could be planted in each region as the climate shifts, including varieties not currently grow1in Australia;7. estimate the temperature threshold at which returns from different varieties may diminish in different regions andidentify the point at which a transition to alternative varieties may be needed;8. identify regionally relevant adaptation options in addition to variety switching;9. identify the relationship between relevant climate variables and large scale climate drivers such as El Nifio-SouthernOscillation and Pacific Decadal Oscillation;10. report changes in the frequency and intensity of the large scale climate drivers under future climate change.
Funding
Wine Australia ($1,064,821)
Scheme
Grant-R&D Projects
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Harris R; Hayman P; Remenyi TA; Kerslake FL; O'Kane TJ; Katzfey J; Thomas D; Petrie P; Sadras V; Krstic M; Bindoff NL; Close DC; White CJ; Corney SP
Period
2016 - 2019
High-Resolution Reanalysis for Tasmania Project: Stage 2 (2016 - 2017)$74,889
Description
A reanalysis is a consistent reconstruction of the state of the atmosphere through time. This data allows users to compare weather parameters such as wind, rainfall or temperature (or derived quantities such as fire danger) through time and across the area of the reanalysis, and provides a complete description of the weather in the reanalysis domain. This project will generate a reanalysis dataset for Tasmania at 1.5 km grid spacing with hourly time steps for a 25-year period, producing a high-resolution meteorological and climatological data to inform emergency management and disaster risk activities in Tasmania. The Bureau of Meteorology has agreed to produce the reanalysis for Tasmania for ACE CRC, forming part of a wider project that will generate a nationwide Australian reanalysis product at a lower 12 km resolution. In the first phase of the project (Stage 1), the Bureau of Meteorology will provide a 5-year high-resolution NWP climatology for Tasmania at a spatial resolution of about 5 km and at an hourly time step. Both ACE CRC and the Bureau of Meteorology will then provide the 25-year high-resolution reanalysis at 1.5 km resolution for Tasmania (Stages 2 and 3) if the Tasmania State Emergency Service provides the required additional funding in 2016 and again in 2017.Project partners will evaluate the dataset, both at the broad scale and for specific sub-regions and time periods in considerable detail to ensure the quality of the data, with the resulting approximately 70 terabytes of data stored by TPAC. Partners will engage with stakeholders to highlight the implications of the results for emergency management in Tasmania. On completion, project and technical reports will be presented, and peer-review journal articles prepared.
Funding
Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management [TAS] ($74,889)
Scheme
Grant - Tasmanian Bushfire Mitigation Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
White CJ; Bindoff NL; Corney SP; Remenyi TA; Harris R; Fox-Hughes P; Jakob D; Steinle P
Period
2016 - 2017
Potential Impacts of Climate Change on the Victorian Alpine Resorts - Stage 1: Impact of Investing in Snow Making (2015)$15,860
Description
1.A literature review of Australian and international research into the economic viability of snow-making under climate change;2.An overview of the changes projected to occur in mean temperature, precipitation and snow over the Australian Alps region, based on the new projections;3.Updating the model developed, as a part of the Landscapes and Policy Hub, by Dr Lee and Prof Tisdell, to include new 2013 and 2014 data;4.Report on the major findings of Dr Lee and Prof Tisdells work analysing the impact of snow making on visitation patterns on a yearly basis;5.Provision of the updated model as an R script (for use by the ARCC); and6.Extraction of sub-daily data for variables used in calculating snow making conditions (Stage 2).
Funding
Alpine Resort Co-ordinating Council ($15,860)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Harris R; Remenyi TA; Bindoff NL
Year
2015
Potential Impacts of Climate Change on the Victorian Alpine Resorts - Stage 1b & Stage 2 Overview of Widespread Impacts of Climate Change on Individual Alpine Resorts at Finer Temporal Scales (2015)$35,690
Description
An assessment of the economic viability and impact of investing in snow making in the Victorian alpine resorts in the context of the potential impacts of climate change.
Funding
Alpine Resort Co-ordinating Council ($35,690)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Harris R; Remenyi TA; Bindoff NL
Year
2015
Updating Hobart City Council draft Climate Change Guidelines (2015)$2,000
Description
The project will calculate climate variables at suitable intervals to provide more detailed information to be used for decision making across Hobart City Council, and provide a background report considering the Climate Futures for Tasmania projections in the context of recently released projections from the new CMIPS archive.
Funding
Hobart City Council ($2,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Harris R; Remenyi TA
Year
2015
An assessment of the viability of prescribed burning as a management tool under a changing climate (2015 - 2016)$130,000
Description
The project will investigate three aspects that could affect the viability of prescribed burning under climate change.1. Changes in the seasonality of factors that determine when prescribed burning can be applied;2. Changes in the frequency and seasonality of daily weather patterns related to prescribed burning;3. Changes to broad vegetation types caused by the interaction between climate change and frequency of burning (natural or prescribed).
Funding
Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management [TAS] ($130,000)
Scheme
Grant - Tasmanian Bushfire Mitigation Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Harris R; Remenyi TA; Bindoff NL; White CJ
Period
2015 - 2016
Projecting Volunteer Resource Requirements Under Extreme Climate Futures (2015)$86,800
Description
This project will consider the impacts of a changing climate on emergency service volunteer resources in Tasmania.
Funding
Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management [TAS] ($86,800)
Scheme
Grant-Emergency Volunteer Fund
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Remenyi TA; Harris R; White CJ; Corney SP; Bindoff NL; Kelty SF; Denny LJ; Julian RD; Norris K; Jabour JA
Year
2015
High-Resolution Reanalysis for Tasmania Project: Stage 1 (2015 - 2016)$160,000
Description
A reanalysis is a consistent reconstruction of the state of the atmosphere through time. This allows users to compare weatherparameters such as wind, rainfall or temperature (or derived quantities such as fire danger) through time and across the area of the reanalysis, and provides a complete description of the weather in the reanalysis domain. The Department of Environment and Primary Industry (DEPI), Victoria, commissioned the Desert Research Institute (DRI), Nevada, to create a reanalysis for Victoria, with a resolution of 4 km and 1 hour. A Tasmanian project would leverage off the experience, and some of the background data, of the Victorian reanalysis. The project will generate a reanalysis dataset for Tasmania at 3 km grid spacingwith 1 hour time steps for 1980-2014. Project partners will evaluate the dataset, both at the broad scale and for specific sub regions and time periods in considerable detail to ensure the quality of the data, with the resulting approximately 70 terabytes of data stored by TPAC. A user interface will be constructed for data access, and partners will engage with stakeholders to highlight the implications of the results for emergency management in Tasmania. On completion, project and technical reports will be presented, and peer-review journal articles prepared.
Funding
Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management [TAS] ($160,000)
Scheme
Grant-NDRRGP
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
White CJ; Bindoff NL; Corney SP; Remenyi TA; Harris R; Fox-Hughes P; Jakob D; Steinle P
Period
2015 - 2016
Impacts of Climate Change on the Body Size of the Wingless Grasshopper (2008)$5,000
Funding
Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment ($5,000)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McQuillan PB; Harris R
Year
2008
Insect Body Size: the Importance of Temperature and the Potential Influence of Climate Change (2007)$1,200
Funding
Australian Museum ($1,200)
Scheme
Grant-Postgraduate Award
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McQuillan PB; Harris R
Year
2007

Research Supervision

Bec currently supervises 8 PhD Students, working in the areas of bushfire modelling, ignition and behaviour, urban thermal mapping, mapping of coastal values, coastal vulnerability to Sea Level Rise and conservation of threatened species.

Current

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Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
MastersAn Analysis of Existing and Experimental Weather Based Ratings, Indicators and Metrics in Reference to Fire Potentiality and Behaviour in Australia2019
PhDUnderstanding the Socioecological Drivers of Public Perceptions of Species Non-Nativeness in the Context of Novel Urban Ecosystem Services and Disservices2019
PhDEstimation of Relative Importance of Indicators in Bushfire Mapping and Monitoring2019
PhDRecognition of Rugged Terrains Causing Atypical Fire2019
PhDChanging Coastalscapes: mapping values, relations, and adaptive trajectories along the coasts of SouthernTasmania2020
PhDCoastal Vulnerability to Sea Level Rise in Southeastern Australia2020
PhDUrban Heat Mapping to Identify Current and Future Vulnerabilities and Adaptation Options2020
PhDThe Role of Human activities and Artefacts in Conserving Threatened Birds2020
PhDSocial Movements and Climate Action2021