I graduated in 2005 with a PhD in Geographical Sciences from the University of Queensland. My focus was on mapping live coral cover using remote sensing. Using my remote sensing expertise for a variety of applications, I have since worked as a Geomatic Engineering Officer in the Australian Army, developed models for spatially explicit mapping of recreation opportunities across New Zealand’s conservation estate, and developed techniques for integrating remote sensing into all phases of the disaster management cycle. My primary area of interest is in creating, applying and automating remote sensing tools for environmental monitoring and management problems. While the environmental target may vary from marine and coastal through to savanna ecosystems, my common approach is to optimise models for rapid quantitative information extraction and communication purposes. 

Please connect with me on social media via the links to the right. Also visit http://www.kejoyce.com/education.html to access my remote sensing education resources. 

  • EV2502: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • EV3502: Advanced Geographic Information Systems (Level 3; TSV)
  • EV3506: Remote Sensing (Level 3; CNS)
  • EV5502: Advanced Geographic Information Systems (Level 5; TSV)
  • EV5505: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • EV5506: Remote Sensing (Level 5; CNS)
  • Innovation
  • Remote Sensing
  • Coral Reefs
  • Unmanned Airborne Systems
  • Active and collaborative learning
  • Flipped classroom
  • 2010 to 2015 - Senior Lecturer, Charles Darwin University (Northern Territory, Australia)
  • 2007 to 2010 - Remote Sensing Scientist, GNS Science (Lower Hutt, New Zealand)
  • 2006 to 2007 - Senior Technical Support Officer, Department of Conservation (Wellington, New Zealand)
  • 2003 to 2006 - Troop Commander, Australian Army (Brisbane, Australia)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2017 to 2018 - Blended Learning and Innovation - VR for storytelling
  • 2017 - Women to Watch in the UAS Industry - Education
  • 2017 - TropEco Award: For embedding sustainability in teaching and learning activities
  • 2016 to 2017 - Rising Star award. Developing hyperspectral drone technology for coral reef bathymetric mapping ($13,986)
  • 2016 - Reperio Commercial pitch second place. Sugar Sense: Using a drone to measure crop health (3,000)
  • 2014 - Innovation Award - Unmanned Airborne Systems
  • 2013 - Vice Chancellor's Award for outstanding contribution to student learning
  • 2013 - Innovation Award - Developing online tools for remote sensing education http://remotesensinglab.com/
  • 2006 - Australian Defence Service Medal
  • 2000 - Order of Australia Medallion (Young Endeavour Sail Training Ship award for leadership)
  • 2016 to 2017 - JCU Development Grant. Are satellites telling the truth? Perspectives from a coral reef ($78,366)

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 24+ research outputs authored by Dr Karen Joyce from 2002 onwards.

Current Funding

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

Wet Tropics Management Authority - Student Research Grant Scheme

Trend series analysis of mangrove forests in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area (Cairns to Innisfail) region, Australia using all available Landsat imagery

Indicative Funding
This project aims to identify seasonal changes in mangrove forests inside and outside the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area (WTWHA) by using Landsat imagery of the Cairns to Innisfail from the past 30 years. To do this I will: 1. Develop an automated methodology to download and process Landsat imagery of the WTWHA; 2. Quantify changes in the areal extent of mangrove forests, 3. Identify phenological (seasonal and inter-annual) changes in the mangroves, and 4. Generate an updated Land Cover change map of mangroves forests in the study area.
Nicolas Younes Cardenas, Karen Joyce and Stefan Maier (College of Science & Engineering)
Mangroves; Trend Analysis; Landsat; Image processing automation; Long term monitoring; Remote sensing

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science - Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship

She Flies Drone Camps: Building Northern Australia's Drone Ecosystem

Indicative Funding
$249,075 over 2 years
She Flies is a comprehensive and multidisciplinary programme across Northern Australia. While the She Flies brand will cover a range of national initiatives (http://www.sheflies.com.au), this particular application for funding will focus on the She Flies Drone Camps. This is a series of week-long camps aimed at teaching Northern Australian high school girls and their teachers or parents the possibilities of working with, and flying drones. From design and construction through to flying and finally using photography to create maps, She Flies Drone Camp will be hands on, practical, fun and safe. Importantly, it will also provide a career path opportunity that many young women probably never realised existed. With initial estimates suggesting that fewer than 1% of drone pilots in Australia are female, we need to encourage young women into this technology and its associated spatial sciences. This will ensure equity and diversity across the industry going forwards.
Karen Joyce, Renee Bartolo, Mangalam Sankupellay, Bruce White and Jude Ellen in collaboration with Catherine Ball (College of Science & Engineering, Remote Research Ranges, Qld Department Environment & Resource Management, College of Business, Law & Governance and Charles Darwin University)
Remote Sensing; Drones; STEM; Wmen; Engaging Science

QLD Department of Science, Information, Technology and Innovation - Advance Queensland Engaging Science Grants

She Flies: Using Drones to build STEM Confidence in Girls

Indicative Funding
The `new drone economy? is estimated to be worth US 20B pa by 2020, providing 10% of future jobs. Australia leads the world in non-defence applications of drone technology. Yet women and girls are largely missing from this important emerging sector (<1% female pilots). `She Flies? will give girls confidence in a male dominated STEM field. We will create and deliver a hands on workshop for high school girls, their parents and teachers, teaching technical skills, safety, and environmental survey.
Karen Joyce, Jason Holdsworth and Catherine Ball (College of Science & Engineering, College of Business, Law & Governance and Remote Research Ranges)
Remote Sensing; Drones; STEM; Women; Engaging Science

CSIRO - Contract Research

Spatial predictions of changes in forest biomass carbon (TLJV Postdoctoral project)

Indicative Funding
$154,000 over 2 years
This project will enable the appointment of a Postdoctoral Fellow who will work with JCU and CSIRO researchers to better link ground-based measures of biomass with remote sensing tools. This will provide spatial predictions of changes in biomass carbon with known certainty. Specific tasks for the first year of the project will include three stages of work, each focusing on TERN Supersites. The Supersites involved are FNQ Rainforest Robson Creek (Qld), Warra Tall Eucalypt (TAS and Calperum Malee (SA).
Michael Liddell, Karen Joyce, A Held, K Paul and S Roxburgh (College of Science & Engineering and Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation)
Biomass; SuperSite; Lidar; landstat

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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.

  • Long Term Monitoring of Mangrove Forests in Darwin, NT using the Landsat Image Archive (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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