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Peter Harrison

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Fields of Research

  • Terrestrial ecology (310308)
  • Genetics (310599)
  • Tree improvement (incl. selection and breeding) (300709)
  • Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation (410102)
  • Forestry management and environment (300707)
  • Biological adaptation (310403)
  • Forestry product quality assessment (300708)
  • Conservation and biodiversity (410401)
  • Community ecology (excl. invasive species ecology) (310302)
  • Evolutionary impacts of climate change (310406)
  • Photogrammetry and remote sensing (401304)
  • Biogeography and phylogeography (310402)
  • Other biological sciences (319999)
  • Palaeoecology (310306)
  • Gene mapping (310506)
  • Genomics and transcriptomics (310204)
  • Evolutionary ecology (310405)
  • Information systems development methodologies and practice (460905)
  • Plant physiology (310806)
  • Environmental rehabilitation and restoration (410405)
  • Forest ecosystems (300703)
  • Timber, pulp and paper (401610)
  • Ecological physiology (310303)

Research Objectives

  • Hardwood plantations (260201)
  • Rehabilitation or conservation of terrestrial environments (180604)
  • Terrestrial biodiversity (180606)
  • Native forests (260204)
  • Ecosystem adaptation to climate change (190102)
  • Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem) (190101)
  • Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences (280102)
  • Other environmental management (189999)
  • Environmentally sustainable information and communication services (220299)
  • Climate change mitigation strategies (190301)
  • Expanding knowledge in the agricultural, food and veterinary sciences (280101)


Total publications


Journal Article

(32 outputs)
2022Butler JB, Harrison PA, Vaillancourt RE, Steane DA, Tibbits JFG, et al., 'Climate adaptation, drought susceptibility, and genomic-informed predictions of future climate refugia for the Australian forest tree Eucalyptus globulus', Forests, 13, (4) Article 575. ISSN 1999-4907 (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/f13040575 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Butler JB; Vaillancourt RE; Steane DA; Potts BM


2021Ahrens CW, Jordan R, Bragg J, Harrison PA, Hopley T, et al., 'Regarding the F-word: The effects of data filtering on inferred genotype-environment associations', Molecular Ecology Resources pp. 1-15. ISSN 1755-098X (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1755-0998.13351 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Steane DA


2021Bailey TG, Harrison PA, Davidson NJ, Weller-Wong A, Tilyard P, et al., 'Embedding genetics experiments in restoration to guide plant choice for a degraded landscape with a changing climate', Ecological Management & Restoration, 22, (S2) pp. 92-105. ISSN 1839-3330 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/emr.12474 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: Bailey TG; Davidson NJ; Weller-Wong A; Tilyard P; Steane DA; Vaillancourt RE; Potts BM


2021Bailey TG, Harrison PA, Hanusch Y, Ranyard C, Hooghkirk C, et al., 'Investigating constraints on direct seeding for native revegetation in the Tasmanian Midlands', Ecological Management & Restoration, 22, (S2) pp. 106-117. ISSN 1839-3330 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/emr.12498 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Bailey TG; Hanusch Y; Ranyard C; Davidson NJ; Potts BM


2021Camarretta N, Harrison PA, Lucieer A, Potts BM, Davidson N, et al., 'Handheld laser scanning detects spatiotemporal differences in the development of structural traits among species in restoration plantings', Remote Sensing, 13, (9) Article 1706. ISSN 2072-4292 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/rs13091706 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Camarretta N; Lucieer A; Potts BM; Hunt M


2021Gendvilas V, Downes GM, Neyland M, Hunt M, Harrison PA, et al., 'Thinning influences wood properties of plantation-grown Eucalyptus nitens at three sites in Tasmania', Forests, 12, (10) Article 1304. ISSN 1999-4907 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/f12101304 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Gendvilas V; Neyland M; Hunt M; O-Reilly-Wapstra J


2021Harrison PA, Davidson NJ, Bailey TG, Jones Menna, Gilfedder L, et al., 'A decade of restoring a temperate woodland: Lessons learned and future directions', Ecological Management & Restoration, 22, (S2) pp. 164-174. ISSN 1839-3330 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/emr.12537 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Davidson NJ; Bailey TG; Jones Menna; Gilfedder L; Bridle K; Bowman DMJS; Baker TP; Richardson BJ; Wallis L; Potts BM


2021Pfeilsticker TR, Jones RC, Steane DA, Harrison PA, Vaillancourt RE, et al., 'Expansion of the rare Eucalyptus risdonii under climate change through hybridization with a closely related species despite hybrid inferiority', Annals of Botany, 129, (1) pp. 1-14. ISSN 0305-7364 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/aob/mcab103 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Pfeilsticker TR; Jones RC; Steane DA; Vaillancourt RE; Potts BM


2021Rocha-Sepulveda MF, Vega M, Gendvilas V, Williams D, Harrison PA, et al., 'R-based image analysis to quantify checking and shrinkage from wood wedges', European Journal of Wood and Wood Products, 79 pp. 1269-1281. ISSN 0018-3768 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00107-021-01715-0 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Vega M; Gendvilas V; Vaillancourt RE; Potts BM


2021Rocha-Sepulveda MF, Williams D, Vega M, Harrison PA, Vaillancourt RE, et al., 'Genetic variation of microfibril angle and its relationship with solid wood and pulpwood traits in two progeny trials of Eucalyptus nitens in Tasmania', Holzforschung, 75, (8) pp. 689-701. ISSN 0018-3830 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1515/hf-2020-0196 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Vega M; Vaillancourt RE; Potts BM


2021Vega M, Harrison P, Hamilton M, Musk R, Adams P, et al., 'Modelling wood property variation among Tasmanian Eucalyptus nitens plantations', Forest Ecology and Management, 491 Article 119203. ISSN 0378-1127 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2021.119203 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Vega M; Potts B


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 - 6Web of Science - 8

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 - 33Web of Science - 4

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


2020Camarretta N, Harrison PA, Lucieer A, Potts BM, Davidson N, et al., 'From drones to phenotype: Using UAV-LiDAR to detect species and provenance variation in tree productivity and structure', Remote Sensing, 12, (19) Article 3184. ISSN 2072-4292 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/rs12193184 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 12

Co-authors: Camarretta N; Lucieer A; Potts BM; 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]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4

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]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 5

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 - 7Web of Science - 4

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 - 7Web of Science - 8

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 - 4Web of Science - 5

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 - 75Web of Science - 71

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 - 12

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 - 18Web of Science - 18

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 - 61Web of Science - 58


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 - 6Web of Science - 9

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 - 15Web of Science - 15

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 - 18Web of Science - 20

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 - 31Web of Science - 33

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 - 29

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 - 9

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 - 7

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



Forty-spotted Pardalote and manna gum: joining the spots to save an Australian endangered bird species. (2022)$5,000
Student: Erin BokMy PhD project will investigate what drives variation in food availability and quality for one of Australias most endangered birds, the forty-spotted pardalote (Pardalotus quadragintus). The Forty-spotted Pardalote is dependent on Eucalyptus viminalis (manna gum), for habitat and as critical food source. E. viminalis produces manna, a sugary exudate, that is fed on by adult pardalotes and contributes ~80% of nestling pardalote diet. The pardalote is the only bird species known to farm manna and shows preferences for specific stands and individual E. viminalis trees that relate directly to manna quality (sucrose:raffinose ratio). Specifically, pardalotes prefer E. viminalis with a higher sucrose to raffinose ratio. This suggests that variation in manna quality may be a crucial factor that mediates pardalote success and ultimately their distribution. Results from this study will inform pardalote breeding programs and ongoing conservations efforts and provide information to benefit the conservation of Australias iconic birdlife. All animal ethical requirements will be met.
Tasmanian Land Conservancy ($5,000)
Bird Conservation Fund Scholarship
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
O'Reilly-Wapstra JM; While GM; Harrison P
Disentangling the genetic drivers of manna quality in E. viminalis and its consequences for native ecosystem function (2021 - 2023)$17,520
This project will investigate the factors that mediate variation in manna quality and quantity, specifically focussing on the extent to which variation in manna is underpinned by genetic or climatic factors.
Australian Flora Foundation ($17,520)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
O'Reilly-Wapstra JM; While GM; Harrison P; Bok EC
2021 - 2023
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 D
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






MastersClimate Adaptation Capacity in Australia's Declining Woodlands2019
PhDVariation in Manna Characteristics of a Foundation Eucalypt Species and Impacts on a Dependant, Endangered Bird Species2020
PhDProvenance choice in native forest management2021


PhDBridging the Divide between Remote Sensing and Forest Ecological Restoration: Applications for effectiveness monitoring
Candidate: Nicolo Camarretta
PhDGenetic Architecture of Economic Traits in Eucalyptus Globulus
Candidate: Henry Nickolas