Leaf to landscape: Near-instant vegetation growth and productivity rates

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

Supervisor – Dr William Woodgatew.woodgate@uq.edu.au

This broad topic could take you in many directions based on your specific interests. From leaf-level physiological and spectral measurements, to detailed 3D canopy reconstructions from laser scanning data, through to simulation models to scale the leaf signal to above-canopy sensor platforms. This research topic will involve field site visits across Australia and then recreating these sites in a computer vision environment. It will lead to a more direct link between satellite earth observation and plant productivity and health monitoring. 

This PhD is part of a collaborative project with domestic and international partners including CSIRO, The University of Western Sydney, the University of Tasmania, University of New England, CalTech, the University of Valencia, Ghent University and Oxford University. 

You will be part of the Remote Sensing Research Centre at the University of Queensland in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and have access to its resources and staff support.

Preferred educational background

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant's previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

A working knowledge of scientific programming (e.g. python), image processing, and field work experience would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of biophysical remote sensing or plant physiology and the potential for scholastic success.

*The successful candidate must commence by Research Quarter 2, 2021. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date. International applicants may need to apply much earlier for visa reasons.

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