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People using TERN

To achieve our goal of transforming Australian ecosystem science, TERN must necessarily engage with and deliver infrastructure useful for an enormously diverse community of users. Uses – and users – of TERN infrastructure are now found in all shapes and sizes, from many different professions and disciplines, and from all parts of the country.

In an attempt to showcase the diversity of our end-user community, here we profile just a small number of individuals, looking at how TERN is helping them work more collaboratively, efficiently and effectively. Come and meet some of them now:


Donald "DJ" Mackenzie

Logan City Council

Logan City Council’s principal environmental officer is using TERN infrastructure to build community resilience and understanding



Margarita Goumas

Parks Australia

A project officer in Parks Australia’s Biodiversity Science and Knowledge Management section is using TERN’s data infrastructure to make national environmental data openly accessible.


Ben Derrick

Falls Creek Alpine Resort

Falls Creek Alpine Resort’s natural resources manager is using TERN research to balance the needs of business, safety and the environment



Jasmine Rickards


A scientist with the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) working with TERN to improve land management outcomes.



Stephen van Leeuwen


A senior scientist in Western Australia and his team are using TERN to supplement state biological surveys and to contribute to decisions on conserving important ecosystems.


Peter Jacklyn


The manager of a fire-information service that operates across the Top End talks about why the service uses TERN infrastructure to help them manage fire.



Tim Hoar


A senior scientist at the USA’s National Centre of Atmospheric Research is using TERN to build international links in ecosystem data and modelling




Sian Howard

University of Adelaide

An honours student at the University of Adelaide is using TERN’s collaborative data and research infrastructure to progress important national research


Phil Gibbons

Australian National University

A senior ANU researcher is using TERN’s long-term ecosystem monitoring sites to inspire students




Caitlin Moore

Monash University

A Monash University PhD student is using TERN’s imaging equipment to disentangle seasonal vegetation changes and help us better understand carbon dynamics




John Hunt

Landcare Research NZ

A senior scientist from New Zealand's Landcare Research is learning and leveraging from TERN to streamline the measurement of changes in soil carbon in New Zealand’s managed landscapes.


Jan Pisek

Tartu Observatory Estonia

A senior researcher from Estonia’s Tartu Observatory recently travelled to Australia to utilise TERN’s research facilities and enable the completion of a global study on the remote sensing of vegetation structure.



Vikram Dhillon

TERN’s infrastructure is not only helping science professionals but also people like Vikram Dhillon who recently used TERN facilitated pollen research to help make important decisions for the health of his family.



Corey Bradshaw

University of Adelaide

One of Australia’s foremost conservation ecologists is using TERN data tools, ÆKOS and SHaRED, to publish data and facilitate ongoing research.



Brendan Lepschi

Australian National Herbarium

The Curator of the Australian National Herbarium is using plant specimens collected via TERN AusPlots’ national surveillance monitoring to supplement and complement Australia’s biological collections—key resources for many environmental applications including tracking climate and human induced change.


Janet Davies

AUQ Lung and Allergy Research Centre

A senior researcher at the University of Queensland’s Lung and Allergy Research Centre has used TERN’s collaborative networks and data infrastructure to provide the platform from which to establish the inaugural national pollen-monitoring network—delivering much needed assistance to allergy sufferers nation-wide.


National Australia Bank

The National Australia Bank has used TERN’s infrastructure to conduct staff training and assist TERN and its not-for-profit partners complete important environmental research.


Wouter Maes

A European Commission Marie Skłodowska-Curie research fellow has used TERN’s research infrastructure to produce extremely high-resolution maps of vegetation water use efficiency that can be used to assess drought and climate change induced effects on ecosystems.


NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage has made use of TERN eMAST and the NCI’s data services to publish key data on past and forecast projections of severe fire danger across large parts of south-eastern Australia—vital information for improved hazard reduction and fire management policy and practice.


James Furlaud

University of Tasmania

The 2016 Tasmanian bushfires were described as the worst crisis in decades for world heritage forests. We talk to a researcher who’s using data collected at TERN’s forest research plots to improve bushfire behaviour models and help better manage future fire crises in Tasmania and in other forest environments around Australia.


United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization

TERN’s national monitoring infrastructure, data and expertise is being utilised by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations as part of their Global Forest Survey, which is helping improve greenhouse gas emissions inventories.


Jessie Buettel

University of Tasmania

Using TERN research infrastructure and data to build better models that predict how forests will respond to global change and forestry management—vital information for the conservation and management of tall eucalypt forests in Australia.


Ellen Miech

Australian National University

An honours student at the Australian National University has used TERN data to identify drivers of Proteaceae declines on Western Australia's islands and where ongoing monitoring and conservation efforts should be focused.


Andrew Edwards

Darwin Centre for Bushfire Research

A research fellow from the Darwin Centre for Bushfire Research is using TERN delivered data to map fire severity across the Top End for more informed regional fire management and more accurate national carbon accounting.


Andries Potgieter

Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation 

Dr Andries Potgieter of the University of Queensland is using TERN delivered remote sensing data to estimate grain cropping area and produce regular seasonal outlooks for sorghum and wheat.  When faced with the high impact of climate variability, advanced knowledge of likely crop size and its geographical distribution help industry make strategic decisions and avoid market volatility within Australia and globally.


Jen Peters

Western Sydney University

Hot, tired, thirsty, stressed? Not so for Northern Australia’s unique savanna eucalypts which, according to new research using TERN’s Top End research infrastructure, stay cool and stress-free even during the scorching dry season. But just how do they manage the stress and what will happen if dry seasons get longer, drier and hotter due to a changing climate? Read on to find out.


Rachael Nolan

University Technology Sydney

New research on two of Australia’s most iconic and widespread trees—the river red gum and mulga—is helping solve the puzzle of how they’re able to coexist in some of the nation’s hottest and driest environments. The results have major implications for how we manage our arid ecosystems and their groundwater resources and also for helping balance Australia’s carbon budget. 


Ashlea Doolette

The University of Adelaide

Every year our farmers apply many tonnes of expensive fertiliser because Australia’s soils are naturally deficient in phosphorus. To help reduce this reliance on fertiliser, Dr Ashlea Doolette from the University of Adelaide is using TERN to learn from our ‘phosphorus-efficient’ native plants and develop novel approaches that could save our agricultural industries millions of dollars every year.


Keren Raiter

ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions

Sly foxes and copycats. It seems that Australia’s predators are living up to their reputations by capitalising on human-made roads for hunting. Meet the scientist who’s mapping Australia’s predator highways to inform road planning and achieve better conservation outcomes.



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