About

Assoc Prof Jeremy VanDerWal is the Director of the Centre for Tropical Biodiversity & Climate Change and the Deputy Director of eResearch Centre.

He leads a strong spatial ecology group focusing on how ecological events shape observed spatial and temporal patterns in species distributions, abundances and/or richness. He and his group utilize theories and tools in ecology, bioinformatics, computer science, etc. in conjunction with high performance computing (HPC) facilities and citizen science to explore key theoretical questions in ecology but always moving toward improved applied conservation science and engagement.

Recent work has not only seen strong academic publications but also the creation of engagement websites such as:

and research support tools such as:

Teaching
  • BZ3220: Population and Community Ecology (Level 3; TSV)
  • BZ3755: Biodiversity and Climate Change: Impact, Mitigation and Adaptation (Level 3; TSV)
  • BZ5220: Population and Community Ecology (Level 5; TSV)
  • BZ5755: Biodiversity and Climate Change: Impact, Mitigation and Adaptation (Level 5; TSV)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
Publications

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 83+ research outputs authored by Prof Jeremy VanDerWal from 2006 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources - Control Tools and Technologies for Established Pest Animals and Weeds Programme

Enhanced landscape scale management of feral pigs and buffalo in large remote landscapes with new technologies enabling real-time data, modelling and analytics

Indicative Funding
$372,750 over 3 years (administered by CSIRO)
Summary
In remote Northern Australia properties are vast with limited seasonal access. In these large connected landscapes feral pigs and buffalo are controlled on an annual basis with limited success despite significant investment in time and money. Here we propose to develop an Internet of Things low power network connected with advanced low cost tracking devices and big data analytical techniques to develop a real time pest species tracking system including environmental sensors. Using these data, scientists and land managers will work together to develop end user products that will be used to inform strategic integrated pest management programs.
Investigators
Justin Perry, Adam McKowen, Eric Vanderduys, Philip Valencia, Peter Durr and Jeremy VanDerWal in collaboration with Nigel Bajema, Ricky Archer, Sandy Whyte and Tim Jaffer (Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation, Research Infrastructure, Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation, APN Cape York and Kalan Enterprises)
Keywords
Feral Pigs; Buffaloes; Northern Australia; Cape York; animal tracking; GPS

Department of the Environment and Energy - National Environmental Science Programme (NESP) - Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub

Prioritising threatened species and threatening processes across northern Australia

Indicative Funding
$438,000 over 3 years
Summary
To help address the decline in northern Australia's biodiversity, this project will produce a best-practice approach to guiding management actions across northern Australia that abate threats to, and promote recovery of, threatened species. It will involve working closely with key stakeholders to bring together diverse sources of data and expertise, and to synthesise and develop best available mapping of threatened species and threatening processes, and provide practical approaches to interpreting project outputs for prioritisation, policy, and day-to-day decision-making. The resulting spatial outputs, such as hotspots of vulnerable species, will enable better prioritisation of government and non-government investment.
Investigators
Jeremy VanDerWal in collaboration with Bob Pressey, Marcus Baseler, Alaric Fisher, Stephen van Leeuwen, David Pannell, Mark Kennard, Erin Graham, Jorge Alvarez-Romero, Vanessa Adams, S Garnett, John Woinarski, John Neldner, Lindsay Jones and Steve Goosem (College of Science & Engineering, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, Environmental Resources Information Network, NT Department of Land Resource Management, WA Department of Parks and Wildlife, The University of Western Australia, Griffith University, The University of Queensland, Charles Darwin University, QLD Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and Wet Tropics Management Authority)
Keywords
Threatened Species; threats; Climate Change; weeds; Mapping; Conservation Planning

Department of the Environment and Energy - National Environmental Science Programme (NESP) - Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub

Multi-objective planning in Northern Australia: co-benefits and trade-offs between environmental, economic, and cultural outcomes

Indicative Funding
$488,000 over 3 years (administered by Charles Darwin University)
Summary
This research will create a toolkit to guide planning and management that supports multiple uses of land and water, while maintaining environmental and cultural values. The toolkit will provide a roadmap to assess the potential impacts of current and future development on biodiversity and ecosystems and the influence of different approaches to management. Specifically, the project will examine the links between terrestrial, freshwater, and coastal marine species and communities. In addition, the toolkit will facilitate assessment of the benefits and costs of implementing different management interventions to mitigate threats to biodiversity associated with different land and water uses.
Investigators
Bob Pressey, Mark Kennard, David Pannell, Jorge Alvarez-Romero, Jeremy VanDerWal, Vanessa Adams, Erin Graham, Michael Douglas and Rosemary Hill (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, Griffith University, The University of Western Australia, Research Infrastructure, College of Science & Engineering and Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation)
Keywords
Northern Australia; integrated catchment planning; Kimberley region; trade-offs and co-benefits; Fitzroy River, Western Australia; Conservation Planning

Qld Dept of Environment and Heritage Protection - Contract Research

Impact of Climate Change on Vegetation in Queensland

Indicative Funding
$90,909
Summary
The aim of the Activity is to model plant and other species responses, and vegetation responses to climate change based on a variety of climate predictions (Global Circulation Models) and scenarios (Representative Concentration Pathways). Modelled species distributions will be used to support the Department's "Landscape Resilience" Program, prioritizing areas to be targeted as new protected areas on the basis of their ability to support Queensland's biodiversity despite the effects of climate change.
Investigators
Jeremy VanDerWal (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Climate Change; Policy; Vegetation; Management

CSIRO - Contract Research

Climate Extremes Data Scientist

Indicative Funding
$187,500 over 4 years
Summary
As climate variability increases, researchers are being asked about the role of extreme weather events in shaping the appearance of natural ecosystems, potential for species extinction and loss of biodiversity, the viability of agricultural production systems, and whether particular system thresholds have been or will soon be breached. Such information is essential for adaptation policy, planning and management as it provides insights into the direction and rate of likely change as well as the management challenges that might be faced. This project will address these "big data" issues.
Investigators
Jeremy Vanderwal, Ian Atkinson and Helen Murphy (College of Science & Engineering, Research Infrastructure and Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation)
Keywords
Data Science; Big Data; Climate Change; Extreme Events

QLD Department of Science, Information, Technology and Innovation - Advance Queensland Knowledge Transfer Partnerships - Contract Research

Low Cost Water Quality Sensors

Indicative Funding
$10,800
Summary
The aim of this project is to add new products and services to our business model and add new capacity to our staff. We will do this by developing low cost sensors to address problems surrounding water management. Real time data from sensor feeds will provide the means to alert clients prior to environmental crises (e.g. drought, floods, asset management). Water is essential to life in Queensland. The state is typically experiencing drought or flood conditions each of which has significant impacts on the quality of life. Even though water is vital to Queensland, we currently monitor very little of it due to the associated costs. Current technology data loggers and water level sensors cost around $5000, not including installation, maintenance and data retrieval. Our aim is to develop a range of lo w cost water monitoring sensors that provide real-time information to mitigate the impacts of drought and flood.
Investigators
Jeremy VanDerWal (Research Infrastructure)

CSIRO - Contract Research

Regionalisation of the late dry season across northern Australia

Indicative Funding
$13,636
Summary
This project will develop a spatio-temporal model combining rainfall and temperature data to estimate a regionalised late dry season date for broad geographic regions across northern Australia. The mode will inform relevant savanna fire management for National Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Emissions Reduction Fund determinations.
Investigators
Jeremy VanDerWal, Erin Graham and Anna Pintor in collaboration with Justin Perry and Helen Murphy (Research Infrastructure, College of Science & Engineering and Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation)
Keywords
dry season; savanna fire management; Northern Australia

QLD Department of Science, Information, Technology and Innovation - Advance Queensland Knowledge Transfer Partnerships - Contract Research

Develop Low Cost Wireless Sensors for the Mining and Sugar Industries

Indicative Funding
$10,800
Summary
'Solutioneering' is a term used at JCU to highlight researcher working with industry partners to engineer real-world solutions. As part of this, JCU staff and a recent grad are working with a local company, Townsville Engineering Industries in this case, to develop a wireless, low cost sensor solutions to monitor eqipment and reduce downtime in the mining and sugar industries.
Investigators
Jeremy VanDerWal (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Wireless Seensors; Industry Partners; IoT

World Wide Fund for Nature - Research Grant

Wallace Initiative

Indicative Funding
$74,780 over 3 years
Summary
The Wallace initiative is part of a larger collaboration developing a Community Impact Assessment System; the collaborators include WWF US, Tyndall Centre (University of East Anglia, UK), Centre for Tropical Biodiversity & Climate Change (SMTB, JCU), Eresearch (JCU), Ciat (Columbia) and Global Biodivesity Information Facility. The project here is part defined as the Wallace Initiative that examines the current and future distributions of 50,000 species across the globe. The research is designed to understand current and future hotspots of biodiversity while presenting stakeholders practical information on their regions of the globe.
Investigators
Jeremy Vanderwal (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Species distribution model; Eresearch; Impact modelling; Climate Change; High Performance Computing

UEA Consulting Limited - Contract Research

Wallace Initiative 2.0 for Avoid 2 Project

Indicative Funding
$11,472
Summary
As part of the Wallace Initiative (wallaceinitiative.org), we have updated algorithms, species and climate change predictions. The work here has summarized some of the nearly 1Petabyte of outputs to inform reports for the Avoid 2 projects.
Investigators
Jeremy VanDerWal (Research Infrastructure)
Keywords
Climate Change; Distribution; Species

Department of the Environment and Energy - National Environmental Science Programme (NESP) - Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub

Mapping to underpin management of littoral rainforests

Indicative Funding
$30,000 (administered by CDU)
Summary
This project produces fine-resolution lapping of the location of the critically endangered Littoral Rainforest and Coastal Vine Thickets of Eastern Australia community between Townsville and Cooktown (Wet Tropics bioregion) and the current and projected future threats to its persistence and condition from the impacts of sea-level rise, storm surge and extreme weather events. The project then uses an adaptation pathway framework to assess and prioritise management options that explicitly consider the dynamic nature of the community and future change regimes. The research addresses key gaps in our understanding of where, when and what change action is required to ensure the continued provision of ecosystem services and functions from Littoral rainforest and provides a robust scientific-underpinning to support EPBC recovery planning regionally and nationally.
Investigators
Helen Murphy, Dan Metcalfe, Andrew Ford, Tina Lawson, Jeremy VanDerWal and Erin Graham (Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation and College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
littoral rainforest; climate extremes; Erosion; Cyclone; Storm Surge
Supervision

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

Current
  • An Interactive Decision Support Tool for Participatory Pest Management Planning (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Systematic conservation planning in marine environments – sensitivities of the planning framework to multiple aspects of scale and resolution. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • The Macroecology of Rainforest Ants of the Australian Wet Tropics Under Climate Change (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Faunal Responses to Different Cattle Grazing Strategies (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Conservation Targeting and Prioritization in the Prairie Pothole Region (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Legislative implications for broad vegetation groups and endangered species influenced by climate change. (PhD , Primary Advisor)
Completed
Data

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Collaboration

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  • 5+ collaborations
  • 4 collaborations
  • 3 collaborations
  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
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  • 17.056, Faculty of Science & Engineering (Townsville campus)
  • 28.202, Marine & Tropical Biology 2 (Townsville campus)
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