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Peter Harrison

Peter Harrison

Postdoctoral Fellow

Room 267, Life Sciences Building, Sandy Bay Campus

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Fields of Research

  • Population, Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics (060411)
  • Ecological Impacts of Climate Change (050101)
  • Terrestrial Ecology (060208)
  • Conservation and Biodiversity (050202)
  • Palaeoecology (060206)
  • Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (090905)
  • Biogeography and Phylogeography (060302)
  • Quantitative Genetics (incl. Disease and Trait Mapping Genetics) (060412)
  • Tree Improvement (Selection and Breeding) (070507)
  • Information Systems Development Methodologies (080608)
  • Biological Adaptation (060303)
  • Genomics (060408)
  • Environmental Rehabilitation (excl. Bioremediation) (050207)
  • Timber, Pulp and Paper (091210)

Research Objectives

  • Hardwood Plantations (820101)
  • Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales (960805)
  • Ecosystem Adaptation to Climate Change (960305)
  • Forest and Woodlands Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960806)
  • Climate Change Adaptation Measures (960301)
  • Environmentally Sustainable Information and Communication Services (899899)
  • Rehabilitation of Degraded Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Environments (961202)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences (970106)
  • Native Forests (820104)


Total publications


Journal Article

(14 outputs)
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 pp. 1-13. ISSN 0140-7791 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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

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


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 - 3Web of Science - 4

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


2019Nickolas 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 pp. 1-22. ISSN 0169-4286 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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

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


2019Camarretta 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 pp. 1-24. ISSN 0169-4286 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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

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


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 - 11Web of Science - 10


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 - 1Web of Science - 5

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]

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 - 4Web of Science - 4

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 - 9Web of Science - 9

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 - 18Web of Science - 19

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 - 12

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 - 3

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 - 6Web of Science - 5

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


Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



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




PhDGenetic and Environmental Control of Product-Critical Wood Properties in Temperature Eucalypt2018
PhDEstablishment and Integration of Environmental Plantings in Multi-Use Landscapes2018