Peter Harrison

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Peter Harrison

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Fields of Research

  • Genetics (310599)
  • Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation (410102)
  • Terrestrial ecology (310308)
  • Tree improvement (incl. selection and breeding) (300709)
  • Community ecology (excl. invasive species ecology) (310302)
  • Conservation and biodiversity (410401)
  • Biogeography and phylogeography (310402)
  • Biological adaptation (310403)
  • Gene mapping (310506)
  • Palaeoecology (310306)
  • Forestry product quality assessment (300708)
  • Photogrammetry and remote sensing (401304)
  • Information systems development methodologies and practice (460905)
  • Forestry management and environment (300707)
  • Evolutionary ecology (310405)
  • Timber, pulp and paper (401610)
  • Environmental rehabilitation and restoration (410405)

Research Objectives

  • Terrestrial biodiversity (180606)
  • Hardwood plantations (260201)
  • Native forests (260204)
  • Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem) (190101)
  • Ecosystem adaptation to climate change (190102)
  • Rehabilitation or conservation of terrestrial environments (180604)
  • Environmentally sustainable information and communication services (220299)


Total publications


Journal Article

(20 outputs)
2020Camarretta N, Harrison PA, Bailey T, Davidson N, Lucieer A, et al., 'Stability of species and provenance performance when translocated into different community assemblages', Restoration Ecology, 28, (2) pp. 447-458. ISSN 1061-2971 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/rec.13098 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Camarretta N; Bailey T; Lucieer A; Hunt MA; Potts BM


2020Camarretta N, Harrison PA, Bailey T, Potts B, Lucieer A, et al., 'Monitoring forest structure to guide adaptive management of forest restoration: a review of remote sensing approaches', New Forests, 51 pp. 573-596. ISSN 0169-4286 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11056-019-09754-5 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Camarretta N; Bailey T; Potts B; Lucieer A; Hunt M


2020Costa e Silva J, Potts BM, Harrison PA, 'Population divergence along a genetic line of least resistance in the tree species Eucalyptus globulus', Genes, 11, (9) Article 1095. ISSN 2073-4425 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/genes11091095 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Potts BM


2020Nickolas H, Williams D, Downes G, Harrison PA, Vaillancourt RE, et al., 'Application of resistance drilling to genetic studies of growth, wood basic density and bark thickness in Eucalyptus globulus', Australian Forestry, 83, (3) pp. 172-179. ISSN 0004-9158 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/00049158.2020.1808276 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Vaillancourt RE; Potts BM


2020Nickolas H, Williams D, Downes G, Tilyard P, Harrison PA, et al., 'Genetic correlations among pulpwood and solid-wood selection traits in Eucalyptus globulus', New Forests, 5 pp. 137-158. ISSN 0169-4286 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11056-019-09721-0 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Nickolas H; Tilyard P; Vaillancourt RE; Potts B


2020Vega M, Hamilton M, Downes G, Harrison PA, Potts B, 'Radial variation in modulus of elasticity, microfibril angle and wood density of veneer logs from plantation-grown Eucalyptus nitens', Annals of Forest Science, 77 Article 65. ISSN 1286-4560 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s13595-020-00961-1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Vega M; Hamilton M; Potts B


2019Ammitzboll H, Vaillancourt RE, Potts BM, Harrison PA, Brodribb T, et al., 'Independent genetic control of drought resistance, recovery, and growth of Eucalyptus globulus seedlings', Plant, Cell and Environment, 43, (1) pp. 103-115. ISSN 0140-7791 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/pce.13649 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Ammitzboll H; Vaillancourt RE; Potts BM; Brodribb T; Sussmilch FC; Freeman JS


2019Breed MF, Harrison PA, Blyth C, Byrne M, Gaget V, et al., 'The potential of genomics for restoring ecosystems and biodiversity', Nature Reviews Genetics, 20, (10) pp. 615-628. ISSN 1471-0056 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/s41576-019-0152-0 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 35Web of Science - 32

Co-authors: Steane DA


2019Costa e Silva J, Potts B, Harrison PA, Bailey T, 'Temperature and rainfall are separate agents of selection shaping population differentiation in a forest tree', Forests, 10, (12) Article 1145. ISSN 1999-4907 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/f10121145 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Potts B; Bailey T


2019Nickolas H, Harrison PA, Tilyard P, Vaillancourt RE, Potts BM, 'Inbreeding depression and differential maladaptation shape the fitness trajectory of two co-occurring Eucalyptus species', Annals of Forest Science, 76, (1) Article 10. ISSN 1286-4560 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s13595-018-0796-5 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Nickolas H; Tilyard P; Vaillancourt RE; Potts BM


2018Breed MF, Harrison PA, Bischoff A, Durruty P, Gellie NJC, et al., 'Priority actions to improve provenance decision-making', BioScience, 68, (7) pp. 510-516. ISSN 0006-3568 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/biosci/biy050 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 32Web of Science - 30


2018Costa e Silva J, Harrison PA, Wiltshire R, Potts BM, 'Evidence that divergent selection shapes a developmental cline in a forest tree species complex', Annals of Botany, 122, (1) pp. 181-194. ISSN 0305-7364 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/aob/mcy064 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: Wiltshire R; Potts BM


2018Worth JRP, Sakaguchi S, Harrison PA, Bruniche-Olsen A, Janes JK, et al., 'Pleistocene divergence of two disjunct conifers in the eastern Australian temperate zone', Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 125, (3) pp. 459-474. ISSN 0024-4066 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/biolinnean/bly127 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Bowman DMJS


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: Vaillancourt RE; Harris RMB; Potts BM


2017Mokany K, Jordan GJ, Harwood TD, Harrison PA, Keppel G, et al., 'Past, present and future refugia for Tasmania's palaeoendemic flora', Journal of Biogeography, 44, (7) pp. 1537-1546. ISSN 0305-0270 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/jbi.12927 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 14

Co-authors: Jordan GJ; Gilfedder L


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 - 25Web of Science - 24

Co-authors: Jordan GJ; Worth JRP; Wiliamson GJ; Kirkpatrick JB


2016Prober SM, Potts BM, Bailey G, Byrne M, Dillon S, et al., 'Climate adaptation and ecological restoration in eucalypts', Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, 128, (1) pp. 40-53. ISSN 0035-9211 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/RS16004 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 24

Co-authors: Potts BM; Bailey G; Steane DA; Vaillancourt RE


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 - 7

Co-authors: Worth JRP; Williamson GJ; Jordan GJ


2014Harrison PA, Bailey TG, Vaillancourt RE, Potts BM, 'Provenance and seed mass determines the seed germination success of Eucalyptus ovata (Myrtaceae)', Seed Science and Technology, 42, (3) pp. 466-472. ISSN 0251-0952 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.15258/sst.2014.42.3.14 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Bailey TG; Vaillancourt RE; Potts BM


2014Harrison PA, Jones RC, Vaillancourt RE, Wiltshire RJE, Potts BM, 'Unravelling the evolutionary history of Eucalyptus cordata (Myrtaceae) using molecular markers', Australian Journal of Botany, 62, (2) pp. 114-131. ISSN 0067-1924 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/BT14019 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 7

Co-authors: Jones RC; Vaillancourt RE; Wiltshire RJE; Potts BM


Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Developing climate adaptation models to guide climate-resilient forest revegetation (2020)$48,305
This project aims to develop a tool to generate guidelines for the site-specific translocation of seed used for forest regeneration. Seed translocation is an increasingly important topic as seed from local areas may not be adapted to future climates and therefore may suffer from reduced productivity and health in the future. The use of seed from non-local areas may mitigate some of these negative factors. However, to identify where to source seed is a complex task This study will use genetic sequencing and climate modelling to predict seed source locations which will be adapted to future climates for a given revegetation site. We will focus on Eucalyptus obliqua, a key species in the Tasmanian native timber industry for which ensuring future productivity and health is a key concern.
Department of Premier and Cabinet ($48,305)
Climate Research Grants Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Harrison P; Steane DA; Baker T; Neyland M; Williams Dean
Using semi-autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to assess below-canopy breeding traits within eucalypt production forests (2018)$8,650
The proposed project will use an innovative semi-autonomous UAV flown below the canopy of a plantation forest, photogrammetry and LiDAR point-clouds will be captured to accurately assess key tree form traits. The field-site will be a long-term E. nitens breeding trial established by STT. The aim is to (i) compare the measurements of key tree form traits derived by the UAV through optical (sparse point clouds) and laser (dense point clouds) sensors, (ii) optimise the flight plan at the individual tree-level and plot-level by comparing vertical flights as opposed to spiralling flights whilst testing obstacle avoidance algorithms, and (iii) validate the speed and accuracy of measurements and data processing of key tree form traits derived by the UAV against on-ground measurements of the same traits.
University of Tasmania ($8,650)
Grant-ERS Research Theme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Taskhiri M; Harrison P; Potts BM; Turner P

Research Supervision






PhDBridging the Divide between Remote Sensing and Forest Ecological Restoration: Applications for effectiveness monitoring2018
PhDClimate Adaptation Capacity in Australia's Declining Woodlands2019
PhDVariation in Manna Characteristics of a Foundation Eucalypt Species and Impacts on a Dependant, Endangered Bird Species2020


PhDGenetic Architecture of Economic Traits in Eucalyptus Globulus
Candidate: Henry Nickolas