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Peter Harrison

Peter Harrison

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Fields of Research

  • Population, Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics (060411)
  • Ecological Impacts of Climate Change (050101)
  • Terrestrial Ecology (060208)
  • Biological Adaptation (060303)
  • Conservation and Biodiversity (050202)
  • Tree Improvement (Selection and Breeding) (070507)
  • Palaeoecology (060206)
  • Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (090905)
  • Quantitative Genetics (incl. Disease and Trait Mapping Genetics) (060412)
  • Biogeography and Phylogeography (060302)
  • Information Systems Development Methodologies (080608)
  • 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)
  • Native Forests (820104)
  • 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)


Total publications


Journal Article

(17 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]

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 - 1

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


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]

Co-authors: Nickolas H; Tilyard P; Vaillancourt RE; 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 - 12Web of Science - 11

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]

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 - 5Web of Science - 5

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 - 18Web of Science - 20


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 - 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 - 6Web of Science - 6

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 - 21Web of Science - 22

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 - 15

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 - 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 - 7Web of Science - 6

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


Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Survival of the drought tolerant: do eucalypts have the genetic potential to adapt to a hotter, drier Australia? (2020 - 2022)$446,000
We will use the white-gum complex (Eucalyptus viminalis, E. rubida, E. dalrympleana) to better understand the genetic potential of eucalypt populations to adapt to environmental change. Integrating glasshouse and field studies with genomics, quantitative genetics, physiology and environmental modelling, we aim to understand the extent to which:i.populations have historically adapted to local environments, ii.natural selection is currently modifying native and planted forests, andiii.genetic introgression has enabled occupancy of marginal environments.
Eucalypt Australia(The Trustee for Bjarne Klaus Dahl Trust) ($446,000)
Multi-year research project grants
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Steane DA; Harrison P; Jones RC; Brodribb TJ; Potts BM; Vaillancourt RE
2020 - 2022
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 Architecture of Economic Traits in Eucalyptus Globulus2018
PhDEstablishment and Integration of Environmental Plantings in Multi-Use Landscapes2018
PhDClimate Adaptation Capacity in Australia's Declining Woodlands2019