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Associate Professor Shaun Levick

Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods

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Associate Professor Shaun Levick is a landscape ecologist, who integrates remote sensing and GIS modelling with field experiments, to better understand the structure and dynamics of savanna ecosystems.

Associate Professor Levick obtained his PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) before moving on to a postdoctoral position with the Carnegie Airborne Observatory (CAO) at Stanford University, CA (USA). For the past five years he has led a small research group at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena (Germany), where he expanded his research on savanna vegetation structure and dynamics to savannas regions across the globe.

He recently joined the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods, at Charles Darwin University, as an Associate Professor of Remote Sensing, with a joint appointment at CSIRO Land and Water, Darwin.

His research program (GEARS - Geospatial Ecology and Remote Sensing) merges cutting-edge advances in airborne and terrestrial laser scanning with emerging tools in computer vision and machine learning to address environmental challenges. Key research focus areas include high precision carbon accounting, fire ecology and management, biodiversity conservation, the visualisation and qualification of 3D dynamics, and the modelling for future trajectories of ecosystem change.

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HDR Project Opportunities with Associate Professor Shaun Levick

Trajectories of woody vegetation structural change following gamba grass invasion
Gamba grass invasion dramatically alters available fuel load and fire intensity in tropical savannas, with important consequences for carbon storage and biodiversity conservation. We are looking for a PhD student to contribute towards a broader project exploring remote sensing of invasive grasses and their impacts in Australian savannas. Research will involve time series analysis of LiDAR, RADAR and multi-spectral imagery to better understand the dynamics of woody vegetation structure following gamba invasion.

APA scholarship required | Top-up funding available (NESP) | Collaboration domestically with invasion ecologists at CDU and UWA, and internationally with IPAM (Brazil).

Architectural signatures of disturbance history in tropical savanna
Fire and other disturbances alter the three-dimensional structure of savanna vegetation, modifying rates of carbon accumulation and availability of habitat for fauna. We are looking for a PhD student interested in exploring the structural signatures of disturbances at vegetation community to individual-tree scales. The project will utilise ground based-LiDAR to map the 3D structure of trees and vegetation patches across gradients of disturbance history and frequency in tropical savanna.

APA scholarship required | Top-up funding available | Collaboration domestically with CSIRO, and internationally with the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Germany.

CDU is currently looking for students to undertake their Higher Degree by Research in the Northern Territory. Scholarships are available.

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