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Researcher: Harris, R (Dr Rebecca Harris)

Fields of Research

Climate change processes
Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation
Conservation and biodiversity
Climatology
Global change biology
Environmental management
Invertebrate biology
Agricultural spatial analysis and modelling
Environmental engineering
Behavioural ecology
Landscape ecology
Forestry fire management
Terrestrial ecology
Forestry management and environment
Natural hazards
Human impacts of climate change and human adaptation
Tourist behaviour and visitor experience
Air pollution modelling and control
Social geography
Surface water hydrology
Horticultural crop protection (incl. pests, diseases and weeds)
Horticultural production
Atomic, molecular and optical physics
Forest biodiversity
Architectural science and technology
Agricultural systems analysis and modelling
Climate change impacts and adaptation
Human geography
Other environmental sciences
Wildlife and habitat management
Physical oceanography
Physical geography and environmental geoscience
Land use and environmental planning
Geomorphology and earth surface processes
Risk engineering
Urban geography
Animal behaviour
Forest health and pathology
Biosecurity science and invasive species ecology
Oenology and viticulture
Meteorology
Agro-ecosystem function and prediction
Soil biology
Natural resource management
Environmental education and extension
Environmental philosophy
Urban and regional planning
Environmental law
Climate change science
Health services and systems
Environment policy
Atmospheric dynamics
Biogeography and phylogeography
Ecosystem function

Research Objectives

Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem)
Effects of climate change on Australia (excl. social impacts)
Ecosystem adaptation to climate change
Climate change models
Social impacts of climate change and variability
Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
Natural hazards
Rehabilitation or conservation of terrestrial environments
Climate variability (excl. social impacts)
Understanding climate change
Expanding knowledge in engineering
Terrestrial biodiversity
Global effects of climate change (excl. Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and the South Pacific) (excl. social impacts)
Forestry
Wine grapes
Field grown vegetable crops
Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
Climatological hazards (e.g. extreme temperatures, drought and wildfires)
Weather
Assessment and management of freshwater ecosystems
Economic issues in tourism
Understanding the impact of natural hazards caused by climate change
Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in terrestrial environments
Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
Air quality
Effects of climate change on the South Pacific (excl. Australia and New Zealand) (excl. social impacts)
Horticultural crops
Construction design
Tourism infrastructure development
Evaluation, allocation, and impacts of land use
Ground water quantification, allocation and impact of depletion
Climate change mitigation strategies
Management, resources and leadership
Effects of climate change on Antarctic and sub-Antarctic environments (excl. social impacts)
Land policy
Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Expanding knowledge in psychology
Other culture and society
Other environmental management
Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences
Public services policy advice and analysis
Government and politics
Public health (excl. specific population health)
Hardwood plantations

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

A framework for incorporating fine-scale dispersal behaviour into biodiversity conservation planning; Landscape and Urban Planning
A means-to-an-end: a process guide for participatory spatial prioritisation in Australian natural resource management
A test of the thermal melanism hypothesis in the wingless grass-hopper Phaulacridium vittatum; Journal of Insect Science
A tool for simulating and communicating uncertainty when modelling species distributions under future climates; Ecology and Evolution
An assessment of the viability of prescribed burning as a management tool under a changing climate. A Report for the National Bushfire Mitigation – Tasmanian Grants Program (NBMP)
An assessment of the viability of prescribed burning as a management tool under a changing climate: a Tasmanian case study; Research Forum at the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and AFAC Conference
Australia's Wine Future - A Climate Atlas; University of Tasmania
Australia's wine future - climate information for adaptation to change; Wine & Viticulture Journal
Australia's wine future - climate information for adaptation to change
AUSTRALIA’S WINE FUTURE: Adapting to short-term climate variability and long-term climate change
Biological responses to extreme weather events are detectable but difficult to formally attribute to anthropogenic climate change; Scientific Reports
Biological responses to the press and pulse of climate trends and extreme events; Nature Climate Change
Book review: Adapting to an uncertain climate: lessons from practice. Edited by Tiago Capela Lourenço et al
Changes to the drivers of fire weather with a warming climate – a case study of southeast Tasmania; Climatic Change
Changing climate suitability for dominant eucalyptus species may affect future fuel loads and flammability in Tasmania; Fire
Characterizing spatial and temporal variability of lightning activity associated with wildfire over Tasmania, Australia; Fire
Climate change impacts on water security in global drylands; One Earth
Climate projections for ecologists; Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change
Climate-ready revegetation: A guide for natural resource managers
Climate-vegetation-fire interactions and feedbacks: trivial detail or major barrier to projecting the future of the Earth system?; Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change
Downscaling climate projections for application to biodiversity research; Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
Effects of soil- and climate data aggregation on simulated potato yield and irrigation water requirement; Science of The Total Environment
Experimental manipulation of melanism demonstrates the plasticity of preferred temperature in an agricultural pest (Phaulacridium vittatum); PLoS One
Exploring the future of fuel loads in Tasmania, Australia: shifts in vegetation in response to changing fire weather, productivity, and fire frequency; Forests
Exploring the future of fuel loads in Tasmania. Shifts in vegetation in response to changing fire weather, productivity, and fire frequency; 22nd International Congress on Modelling and Simulation
From static connectivity modelling to scenario-based planning at local and regional scales; Journal for Nature Conservation
Future climate projections for Tasmanian IBRA regions: A report to the Independent Verification Group for the Tasmanian Forest Agreement
Future fire danger climatology for Tasmania, Australia, using a dynamically downscaled regional climate model; International Journal of Wildland Fire
Group 1: temperature and extreme weather events
High resolution regional climate model simulations available through the ACECRC Climate Futures team: what we have and how they can be used; 22nd International Congress on Modelling and Simulation
Historical and current approaches to decompose uncertainty in crop model predictions; Second International Crop Modelling Symposium (iCROPM 2020)
Impact of Climate Change on Weather Related Fire Risk in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Climate Change and Bushfire Research Initiative
Implications of data aggregation method on crop model outputs - The case of irrigated potato systems in Tasmania, Australia; European Journal of Agronomy
Improving the use of species distribution models in conservation planning and management under climate change; PLoS ONE
Integrating climate change and habitat fragmentation to identify candidate seed sources for ecological restoration; Restoration Ecology
Latitude, temperature and insect body size - will the wingless grasshopper get bigger as the world gets hotter?; School of Geography and Environmental Studies Conference 2006
More reasons for optimism on climate change than we’ve seen for decades: 2 climate experts explain
Morphological variation tracks environmental gradients in an agricultural pest, Phaulacridium vittatum (Orthoptera: Acrididae); Journal of Insect Science
Multi-resolution analysis of aggregated spatial data to simulate yield and irrigation water demand at regional scales; Second International Crop Modelling Symposium (iCROPM 2020)
Noah’s ark conservation will not preserve threatened ecological communities under climate change; PLoS One
Pass the shiraz: how Australia’s wine industry can adapt to climate change
Patterns in body size and melanism along a latitudinal cline in the wingless grasshopper, Phaulacridium vittatum; Journal of Biogeography
Private land manager capacity to conserve threatened communities under climate change; Journal of Environmental Management
Projected direct and indirect effects of climate change on the swift parrot, an endangered migratory species; Emu
Projecting canopy cover change in Tasmanian eucalypt forests using dynamically downscaled regional climate models; Regional Environmental Change
Projecting Volunteer Resource Requirements Under Extreme Climate Futures Technical Report
Regional climate-information needs for ecological studies and assessment; Expert Meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on Assessing Climate Information for Regions
Rethinking legal objectives for climate-adaptive conservation; Ecology and Society
Review of climate impact change work undertaken, research gaps and opportunities in the Tasmanian context
Shifts in mollusc traits following floodplain reconnection: testing the response of functional diversity components; Freshwater Biology
Southern slopes information portal report: climate change adaptation information for natural resource planning and implementation
Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Climate Change and Bushfire Research Initiative
The 'habitat provision' index for assessing floodplain biodiversity and restoration potential as an ecosystem service - method and application; Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution
The effectiveness of common thermo-regulatory behaviours in a cool temperate grasshopper; Journal of Thermal Biology
The potential impacts of climate change on Victorian alpine resorts. A report for the Alpine Resorts Co-ordinating Council
The thermal biology of the wingless grasshopper (Phaulacridium vittatum). A model to test potential climate change impacts on insects
To Be Or Not to Be? Variable selection can change the projected fate of a threatened species under future climate; Ecological Management and Restoration
Understanding future fire danger; Asia Pacific Fire Magazine
Unusual suspects in the usual places: a phylo-climatic framework to identify potential future invasive species; Biological Invasions
Yes, the Australian bush is recovering from bushfires – but it may never be the same

Research Projects

A characterisation of synoptic weather features often associated with extreme events in SE Australia and Tasmania. Stage 1 - Common features of recent events; CRC for Bushfire Research (CRCB)
A fire regime model for planned burning and ecological management in a changing climate; Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPAC)
An assessment of the viability of prescribed burning as a management tool under a changing climate; Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management [TAS] (DPFEM)
An assessment of the viability of prescribed burning as a management tool under a changing climate - Stage 2; Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management [TAS] (DPFEM)
Australia's wine future - adapting to short-term climate variability and long-term climate change.; Wine Australia (WineAust)
Climate Change and Bushfire Research Initiative; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
Evaluation of the susceptibility of Tasmania's agricultural sector to insect pest species under a changing climate; Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPAC)
Federated Climate Information; Department of Home Affairs (DoHA)
High-Resolution Reanalysis for Tasmania Project: Stage 1; Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management [TAS] (DPFEM)
High-Resolution Reanalysis for Tasmania Project: Stage 2; Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management [TAS] (DPFEM)
High-Resolution Reanalysis for Tasmania project: Stage 3; Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management [TAS] (DPFEM)
Identifying enablers and barriers to climate adaptation in regional centres in Indonesia and Australia.; Department of Education ACT (DOESACT)
Impacts of Climate Change on the Body Size of the Wingless Grasshopper; Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (HWRE)
Insect Body Size: the Importance of Temperature and the Potential Influence of Climate Change; Australian Museum (AM)
Natural Hazards Climate Atlas for Tasmania; Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management [TAS] (DPFEM)
Projecting Volunteer Resource Requirements Under Extreme Climate Futures; Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management [TAS] (DPFEM)
Real-time high-resolution bushfire fuel moisture mapping; Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management [TAS] (DPFEM)
Using pre and post LIDAR to assess the severity of the 2019 Tasmanian Bushfires; Bushfire and Natural Hazard CRC (BNHCRC)
Analysis of the impact of climate change on weather-related fire risk factors in the TWWHA, TWWHA01/16
Climate Atlas webinars to wine industry associations
Future Climate Trajectories - Comparing Australian Wine Regions to other International Wine Regions out to 2100
IPCC author funding
Knowledge Brokering and Collaborative Networks for The Navigating Climate Change Mission
Market Insights Regional Climate Snapshots
Modelling coincident extreme weather events under Tasmania's future climate
Potential Impacts of Climate Change on the Victorian Alpine Resorts - Stage 1b & Stage 2 Overview of Widespread Impacts of Climate Change on Individual Alpine Resorts at Finer Temporal Scales
Potential Impacts of Climate Change on the Victorian Alpine Resorts - Stage 1: Impact of Investing in Snow Making
Review of Climate Science
Tide monitoring in Tasmanian estuaries
Updating Hobart City Council draft Climate Change Guidelines

Research Candidate Supervision