Yvette is a specialist in multi-model data fusion and is dedicated to (i) identifying strategies that will deliver better student learning outcomes in STEM education, and, (ii) helping agricultural industries implement profitable and eco-friendly ways to increase productivity in challenging climates. 

Yvette completed her PhD at JCU in 1998 where she developed new statistical methods to visualise and unlock important information hidden in complex, chemical, near-infrared (NIR) signatures of minerals, seagrass, sugarcane, wheat and pharmaceutical products. After completing her PhD, Yvette commenced a four year term with the CSIRO as a climate impact scientist.  Currently, Yvette holds positions as Director of the JCU Centre for Agriculture, Technology and Adoption; Professor in Data Science and Focus Area Chair in the World Meteorological Organisation on Weather and Climate Services for Agriculture.

Yvette is also a member of the Rapid Assessment Joint Venture between JCU and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries which focuses on using NIR technologies to assess food quality and advance food security.  She is an Associate Editor for the high-ranking Journal of Agronomy for Sustainable Development and member. Previous roles include the Associate Dean of Graduate Research Studies (JCU) and Statistical Consultant for the Graduate Research School (JCU).

  • MA2830: Data Visualisation (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • MA3405: Statistical Data Mining for Big Data (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • MA5405: Data Mining (Level 5; TSV)
  • SC1102: Modelling Natural Systems (Level 1; CNS & TSV)
  • SC1109: Modelling Natural Systems-Advanced (Level 1; TSV)
  • SC2202: Quantitative Methods in Science (Level 2; TSV)
  • SC5202: Quantitative Methods in Science (Level 5; TSV)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2014 - Office for Learning and Teaching Citation for outstanding contributions to student learning.
  • 2014 - JCU Citation for outstanding contributions to student learning.
  • 2008 - Sugar Research and Development Award for outstanding research contributions to the Australian sugar industry.
  • 2020 - Standing Committee for Agricultural Services in the World Meteorological Organisation to review and update standards on drought and agrometeorological services across agricultural value chains including fisheries.
  • 2015 - Expert Team Leader, World Meteorological Organisation (Weather and Climate Extremes and Agricultural Industry Needs)
  • 2011 - Invited speaker to address the 12th African-Caribbean-Pacific Island Ministerial Conference on Climate Resilience of Sugarcane Production Systems.
  • 2010 - Associate Editor: Agonomy for Sustainable Development
  • 2018 to 2019 - World Meteorological Focus Area Chair for ‘Weather and Climate Services for Agriculture'.
  • 2014 - Delivered the Last Lecture for James Cook University

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 95+ research outputs authored by Prof Yvette Everingham from 1996 onwards.

Current Funding

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

Food Agility CRC Limited - Contract Research

Food Agility Biosecurity Constellation

Indicative Funding
$210,000 over 3 years
Constellations are clusters of projects grouped within a theme, Biosecurity, which are led by a Constellation Leader, JCU, who also has the experience and capabilities to contribute to the research within that theme. A Constellation has been between Food Agility and JCU based on a theme which demonstrates potential for multiple, related research projects with the potential for multiple industries and partners to participate over time.
Davi La Ferla, Ron White and Yvette Everingham (College of Science & Engineering)
Biosecurity; Environmental Health; Environmental management; Disease; Public Health; Invasives

Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment - National Landcare Program: Smart Farming Partnerships Grant

Climate Smart Sugarcane Irrigation Partnerships (CSSIP)

Indicative Funding
$1,586,884 over 5 years
CSSIP will minimise nutrient runoff, improve soil health and increase wetlands water quality by facilitating the adoption of world-class irrigation practices in sugarcane farming systems. Currently, best practice irrigation is assisted by an Irrigation Decision Support Tool (IDST) that provides evidence-based advice. However, IDSTs have not reached their full potential. Firstly, they do not integrate short to medium term weather forecasts (e.g. weekly to multi-weekly forecasts). Secondly, IDSTs do not operate at a spatial scale relevant to farmers. CSSIP will incorporate the Bureau or Meteorology?s new high-resolution climate model into the Irrigation Decision Support Tool. Thirdly, IDSTs require substantial time in manual data entry, which can be alleviated using real-time monitoring via Internet of Things technologies. This will increase irrigation efficiency, reducing excessive runoff into river systems and onto the Reef, and, will help farmers save water and energy costs.
Bronson Philippa, Yvette Everingham, Eric Wang, Stephen Attard and Wei Xiang in collaboration with Geoff Inman-Bamber, Marian Davis, Andrew Schepen, Brock Dembowski, Peter Larsen and Andres Jaramillo (College of Science & Engineering, AgriTech Solutions, Burdekin Productivity Services, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry, Wilmar Sugar Australia and Sugar Research Australia)
Sugarcane; Internet of Things; Irrigation

Sugar Research Australia - Research Grant

Unravelling the impact of climate and harvest time on nitrogen fertiliser requirements

Indicative Funding
$281,721 over 5 years (administered by Sugar Research Australia)
This project aims to understand how climate and harvest time impacts nitrogen use efficiency on the sugarcane farming system in the Herbert.
Yvette Everingham (College of Science & Engineering)
Climate; Environment; Sugar; Sustainability; Nitrogen; Production

Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment - National Environment Science Program (NESP) - Total Water Quality (TWQ)

Reducing nitrogen runoff without reducing industry productivity

Indicative Funding
$14,805 over 1 year (administered by Reef & Rainforest Research Centre)
Many NESP TWQ Hub projects have contributed to an improved understanding of nitrogen (N) management in sugarcane farming leading to reduced dissolved inorganic nitrogen (DIN) losses via improved management advice and practical solutions. The synthesis project will bring together a range of approaches that are addressing mechanisms for reducing N-losses, with a particular focus on real-time water quality monitoring, detection of N- loss hot-spots, on-farm N management, reef credit trading and other economic levers that incentivise improved farm management practices.
Johanna Johnson, Aaron Davis, Yvette Everingham, Jane Waterhouse, Jim Smart, Mike Bell, John Rolfe, Peter Thorburn, Tony Webster and Michael Warne in collaboration with Weijin Wang, Chris Johnson, Phil Moody and Sheridan Morris (Reef and Rainforest Research Centre, TropWATER, College of Science & Engineering, Griffith University, The University of Queensland, Central Queensland University, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation and QLD Department of Environment and Science)
Nitrogen; Runoff; Catchment; sugarcane farming; credits

Department of the Environment and Energy - National Environmental Science Program (NESP) - Tropical Water Quality Hub (TWQ Hub)

Improving water quality for the Great Barrier Reef and wetlands by better managing irrigation in the sugarcane farming system

Indicative Funding
$458,103 over 3 years
This project will work in partnership with industry, extension, NRM, research and government organisations to develop and deploy an irrigation system that is automatically controlled by remotely accessing feedback from the IrrigWeb decision support tool. Irrigweb provides optimal irrigation schedules on a paddock-by-paddock basis by linking information abut climate, soils and management regimes. If new water quality targets as specified in the revised Burdekin Water Quality Improvement Plan are to by met by 2025, it will be critical to establish pathways that enable industry partners to capitalise on new technologies.
Yvette Everingham, Wei Xiang and Bronson Philippa in collaboration with Stephen Attard (College of Science & Engineering and AgriTech Solutions)
Irrigation; Water Quality; Great Barrier Reef

Sugar Research Australia - Research Grant

Decision support for choice of enhanced efficiency fertilisers - Herbert catchment pilot study

Indicative Funding
$2,900 over 1 year (administered by CSIRO)
The use of Enhanced efficiency Fertilisers (EEF), including both controlled release fertilisers land fertilisers with nitrification inhibitors, has been proposed as one means of reducing nitrogen losses and, in combination with lower application rates, increasing nitrogen use efficiency. This project will investigate the utility of EEFs for sustainable farming practices.
Kirsten Verburg, Lawrence Di Bella and Yvette Everingham (Sugar Research Australia, Herbert Cane Productivity Services Ltd and College of Science & Engineering)
fertilisers; Herbert catchment

Department of the Environment and Energy - National Environmental Science Program (NESP) - Tropical Water Quality Hub (TWQ Hub)

Innovative economic levers: A system for underwriting risk of practice change in cane-farming

Indicative Funding
$30,000 over 3 years (administered by CSIRO)
This project will enable reduced DIN exports from cane lands by developing and promoting a tested framework for commercial insurance businesses to underwrite risk of nitrogen practice change in sugarcane farming.
Peter Thorburn and Yvette Everingham in collaboration with Stuart Whitten, John Rolfe, Jody Biggs and Jeda Palmer (Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation, Central Queensland University and College of Science & Engineering)
Sugar Cane; Water Quality; Insurance; Climate; Nitrogen; Agriculture

Sugar Research Australia - Research Grant

Optimising productivity, variety recommendations and mill operations through analysis of mill data

Indicative Funding
$11,927 over 2 years (administered by Sugar Research Australia)
Since 20009 sugarcane productivity has fluctuated dramatically across most mill areas. Although some of this regional variation can be explained by extreme weather events or disease incursions it is important to identify those causes which can be controlled in order to increase production/profitability for industry. Hugh amounts of data are captured annually by each mill and this significant investment is under-utilised in decision making. This project will develop innovative tools to analyse and summarise mill data with the view to optimize production/profitability.
Joanne Stringer, Isaac Asamoah, Felicity Atkin, Bert Collard, Barry Croft, Emily Deomano, Brian Edwards, Yvette Everingham, Eloise Keefe, Peter Larsen, Roy Parfitt, George Peperidis, Bernard Schroeder, Greg Shannon, Danielle Skocaj, Alister Smith, Steve Staunton, Paul Stuart, Andrew Ward, Mick Ward and Xianming Wei (Sugar Research Australia, Wilmar Sugar Australia, College of Science & Engineering, University of Southern Queensland, Tully Sugar Ltd, Sunshine Sugar, Mackay Sugar Limited (MSL) and MSF Sugar Australia)
Data Mining; Big Data; Production; Optimisation; Sugar Cane; Statistics

Sugar Research Australia - Research Grant

How big will that crop be? Incorporating climate forecasting into Nitrogen management in the Wet Tropics

Indicative Funding
$511,002 over 3 years
Due to the close proximity of sugarcane to environmentally sensitive areas in the Wet Tropics, it is important to improve nitrogen management practices to reduce nitrogen losses. The Wet Tropics experiences one of the highest levels of climate variability in the world, which affects the yield potential of sugarcane. This makes the task of applying the right amount of nitrogen, at the right time extremely formidable. Forecasted climatic conditions, then adjusting yield potential estimates have not been used to calculate nitrogen inputs for sugarcane.
Yvette Everingham, Danielle Skocaj and Peter Thorburn in collaboration with Geoff Inman-Bamber and Bernard Schroeder (College of Science & Engineering, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation, Sugar Research Australia, Crop Science Consultant and University of Southern Queensland)
Model; circulation; Climate; Crop Insurance; APSIM; Nitrogen

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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.

  • Using Weather Radars to Inform Data-Driven Irrigation Practices (Masters , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Searching for Pulsating Stars in the Gap Between the SPB and d Scuti Domains Through Machine Learning and Data Mining Techniques (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Developing Benthic Irradiance Algorithm for the Great Barrier Reef Shelf Waters using MODIS Satellite Imagery (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)

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  • 1 collaboration
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