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Chisholm, Laurie Associate Professor

Faculty Member

  • Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health
  • Centre for Sustainable Ecosystem Solutions

Overview


Laurie is an Associate Professor in Remote Sensing in the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences at the University of Wollongong, with extensive experience as a research and teaching academic. 

Her research interests focus on the application of advanced remote sensing techniques to investigate impacts of both natural and anthropogenic disturbances on the dynamics of ecological systems.   She has particular expertise in the hyperspectral remote sensing of vegetation, including spectral discrimination between plant species, detection of plant stress, and mapping of invasive species.

Since 2011, in conjunction with collaborators across Australia and internationally, Laurie has led the development of a national spectroscopy database system (formerly AUS-SPECCHIO), now hosted by Geoscience Australia. Laurie is the inaugural Chair of the National Spectral Database (NSD).

Laurie has led significant curriculum transformation change, is engaged in University-level governance with focus on improving the student experience, has mentored many academics, and continually strives to deliver exemplary learning opportunities to students. 

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • I conduct research across three main threads: 1. hyperspectral remote sensing to evaluate the fine-grained dynamics of plant physiological responses to stress agents; 2. application of EO satellite image-based metrics to evaluate the impact of disturbance events on ecosystem dynamics; and 3. the integration of spatial-physical-social techniques to assess environmental management of landscapes.

Available as Research Supervisor

Available for Collaborative Projects

Selected Publications


Other Research Activities


Impact Story


  • I have distinguished success in leadership across the teaching-research-governance nexus which translates directly into national professional activities. I am extensively engaged in teaching and learning, and provide a high quality learning environment for all cohorts of students and have fully integrated my teaching and research programs. As a biogeographer I apply multi-scale remote sensing to assess the impacts of disturbance events on ecosystem dynamics, contributing significantly to the management and conservation of the terrestrial environment. I  am a leader in the field of eResearch infrastructure development and data publishing for remote sensing in Australia, at the cusp of releasing a national open source spectroscopy database based upon standards and protocols which have been adopted by international researchers and organisations. I am actively engaged in a range of professional and academic activities nationally and internationally, ranging from governmental research consultancies, national satellite validation field campaigns, and national certification in curriculum review.

Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


  • Spectral remote sensing using sensors on the ground, air or satellite for plant physiology or evaluating the response of ecosystems or vegetation or crops to disturbance events such as drought, flooding, fire. 

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Restoration Ecology Gray, Suzzanne
    Master of Research -SMAH Modelling Sustainable Consumption to Reduce Environmental Pollution using Deep Learning Techniques Singh, Alok
    Doctor of Philosophy Food security and climate change: will aboriginal crops be our salvation? Soares Goncalves, Rogerio Victor

Outreach Overview


  • Leader in the field of eResearch infrastructure development and data publishing for remote sensing in Australia, having released a national open source spectroscopy database (AUS-SPECCHIO) based upon standards and protocols which have been adopted by international organisations. 

    The system has transitioned to hosting by Geoscience Australia, to become the National Spectral Database (NSD) where I remain as inaugural Chair.

Professional Service Activities


Education And Training


  • School of Geography, Characterisation and evaluation of moisture stress in E. camaldulensis using hyperspectral remote sensing 1999 - 2002
  • M.A. in Geography, University of Oklahoma, School of Geography 1992
  • Bachelor of Science (First Class) in Geology, University of Oklahoma 1983

Teaching Overview


  • EESC305 Remote Sensing of the Environment, Subject Coordinator and Lecturer, 2000-2017

    EESC203, Biogeography and Environmental Change, Subject Coordinator and Lecturer, 2000 to present.

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • I conduct research across three main threads: 1. hyperspectral remote sensing to evaluate the fine-grained dynamics of plant physiological responses to stress agents; 2. application of EO satellite image-based metrics to evaluate the impact of disturbance events on ecosystem dynamics; and 3. the integration of spatial-physical-social techniques to assess environmental management of landscapes.

Selected Publications


Other Research Activities


Impact Story


  • I have distinguished success in leadership across the teaching-research-governance nexus which translates directly into national professional activities. I am extensively engaged in teaching and learning, and provide a high quality learning environment for all cohorts of students and have fully integrated my teaching and research programs. As a biogeographer I apply multi-scale remote sensing to assess the impacts of disturbance events on ecosystem dynamics, contributing significantly to the management and conservation of the terrestrial environment. I  am a leader in the field of eResearch infrastructure development and data publishing for remote sensing in Australia, at the cusp of releasing a national open source spectroscopy database based upon standards and protocols which have been adopted by international researchers and organisations. I am actively engaged in a range of professional and academic activities nationally and internationally, ranging from governmental research consultancies, national satellite validation field campaigns, and national certification in curriculum review.

Potential Supervision Topics


  • Spectral remote sensing using sensors on the ground, air or satellite for plant physiology or evaluating the response of ecosystems or vegetation or crops to disturbance events such as drought, flooding, fire. 

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Restoration Ecology Gray, Suzzanne
    Master of Research -SMAH Modelling Sustainable Consumption to Reduce Environmental Pollution using Deep Learning Techniques Singh, Alok
    Doctor of Philosophy Food security and climate change: will aboriginal crops be our salvation? Soares Goncalves, Rogerio Victor

Outreach Overview


  • Leader in the field of eResearch infrastructure development and data publishing for remote sensing in Australia, having released a national open source spectroscopy database (AUS-SPECCHIO) based upon standards and protocols which have been adopted by international organisations. 

    The system has transitioned to hosting by Geoscience Australia, to become the National Spectral Database (NSD) where I remain as inaugural Chair.

Professional Service Activities


Education And Training


  • School of Geography, Characterisation and evaluation of moisture stress in E. camaldulensis using hyperspectral remote sensing 1999 - 2002
  • M.A. in Geography, University of Oklahoma, School of Geography 1992
  • Bachelor of Science (First Class) in Geology, University of Oklahoma 1983

Teaching Overview


  • EESC305 Remote Sensing of the Environment, Subject Coordinator and Lecturer, 2000-2017

    EESC203, Biogeography and Environmental Change, Subject Coordinator and Lecturer, 2000 to present.
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