Student Awards


Best student oral presentation

  • Sarah Vollert, Queensland University of Technology
    Unlocking ensemble ecosystem modelling for simulation of high-dimensional networks: From days to minutes
  • Tanvir Mahmud Saurav, University of New South Wales, Canberra
    A computational framework for phenomenological modelling of ember storms at the wildland-urban interface

Commendation for student oral presentation

  • Caroline Rosello, Australian National University
    Identifying factors influencing water planning: Benefits of a capability approach?
  • Gabrielle Burns, The University of Melbourne
    A practical approach to assessing climate change impacts on snow cover and streamflow in southeast Australia

Commendation for student poster

  • Luca Trotter, The University of Melbourne
    Variable storage capacity in hydrological models to enhance performance under contrasting climates


Best presentation


  • Danielle Udy, University of Tasmania
    How does salty snowfall in Antarctica help us understand Australian hydroclimate risk?
  • Hamid Yahyaei, Macquarie University
    The impacts of the El Niño–Southern Oscillation on global food security: An implied volatility approach
  • Johan Visser, University of New South Wales Sydney
    No ‘hook’ structures in extreme precipitation-temperature scaling


  • Philippa Higgins, University of New South Wales Sydney
    Recent increase in Northern Australian streamflow unmatched over the past 600 years
  • Jacob Simpson, University of New South Wales Canberra
    Agile, antifragile, AI-enabled command and control: The dynamics of survival in high-intensity conflicts
  • Shuang Liu, University of New South Wales Sydney
    Utility of remote sensing for understanding water quality changes in small urban waterbodies
  • Pengcheng Zhao, The University of Melbourne
    Extending a joint probability modelling approach for post-processing ensemble precipitation forecasts from numerical weather prediction models
  • Kate Coelli, The University of Sydney
    A nationally scalable approach to simulating soil organic carbon in agricultural landscapes
  • Marcela Silva, Monash University
    Modelling water fluxes across the Soil-Plant-Atmosphere Continuum using FETCH3
  • Shirui Hao, The University of Melbourne
    Remotely sensed crop biomass model over wheat cropping field for assimilating Sentinel-2 imagery into a crop yield prediction model



Best oral presentation

  • Nevenka Bulovic, The University of Queensland
    Quantifying water volumes of ungauged lakes using optical satellite imagery and high-resolution LiDAR DEMs


  • Eliana Jorquera, The University of Newcastle
    Assessment of the impact of cyclones on the annual sediment budget in a Pacific Island catchment using a hydro-sedimentological model
  • Kirrilie Rowe, University of South Australia
    Orienting solar panels to minimise power shortfall
  • Abraham Gibson, The University of Newcastle
    Centennial-scale variability of soil moisture in eastern Australia


Best poster

  • Ankur Srivastava, The University of Newcastle
    Aspect-controlled spatial and temporal soil moisture patterns across three different latitudes


  • Nikul Kumari, The University of Newcastle
    Applying rainfall ensembles to explore hydrological uncertainty


  • Anna Cresswell, CSIRO
    A functional-structural coral model
  • Jordan Pitt, The Australian National University
    Importance of Dispersion for Shoaling Waves
  • Jonas Schwaab, Institute for Spatial and Landscape Planning, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
    How to choose the right planning horizon? Using multiobjectiveoptimization to support urban planning
  • Hamish Stevens-Bullmore, Lincoln University, New Zealand
    A local sensitivity analysis of Ca2+-calmodulin binding and its influenceover PP1 activity
  • Elizabeth Trevenen, University of Western Australia
    A simulation model for exploring the effects of plant-soil feedbacks on the resilience of plant communities


  • Di He, CSIRO
    Modelling the impact of climate variability and irrigation on winter canola yield and yield gap in Southwest China
  • Yanlin Shi, The Australian National University
    A Discussion on the Innovation Distribution of Markov Regime-Switching GARCH Model
  • Rachael Quill, University of New South Wales, Canberra
    Effects of post-fire vegetation regrowth on wind fields over complex terrain
  • Gaohong Yin, King Abdullah University, Saudi Arabia
    A Multiple-point Geostatistics Method for filling gaps in Landsat ETM+ SLC-off images
  • Enayat Moallemi, University of Melbourne
    Dynamic modelling of energy transitions using a coupled modelling-narrative approach
  • Chaitanya Kapiolani Oehmigara, The Australian National University
    Reduced Basis Model Reduction for Statistical Inverse Problems with applications in Tsunami Modelling
  • Ali Abroudi, Lincoln University, New Zealand
    System modelling of mammalian cell cycle regulation using multi-level hybrid petri nets
  • Jens Froese, University of Queensland
    Moving window analysis links landscape-scale resource utilization to habitat suitability models of feral pigs in northern Australia


  • Lisa Schultz, University of South Australia
    Modelling motor vehicle emissions and population exposure in South Australia
  • Alexandra Hogan, The Australian National University
    Modelling the seasonality of respiratory syncytial virus in young children
  • Josh Chopin, University of South Australia
    Selection of parameters in active contours for the phenotypic analysis of plants
  • Mitchell Welch, University of New England
    A high performance, agent-based simulation of old world screwworm fly lifecycle and dispersal using a Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) platform
  • Alexandra Klados, Curtin University
    Do more signals mean higher profits?
  • Ranjodh Singh, Curtin University
    Testing intra-daily seasonality using Maximum Entropy Density
  • Cameron MacRae, RMIT University / CSIRO
    Controlling micro-CHP generators as a virtual power plant
  • Evertje Lawley, The University of Adelaide
    Using spatio-temporal vegetation imagery for arid lands monitoring
  • Joseph Guillaume, The Australian National University
    An interactive modelling tool to support knowledge elicitation using extreme case models
  • Mun-Ju Shin, The Australian National University
    Understanding the relationship between model parameters, objective functions and predictions for data-based modelling with conceptual rainfall-runoff models
  • Camila Alvarez-Garreton, University of Melbourne
    Impact of observation error structure on satellite soil moisture assimilation into a rainfall-runoff model


  • Mika Peace, University of Adelaide
  • Jessica Dunn, RMIT
  • Jelle Van Loon, University Leuven, Belgium
  • Palmar Thorsteinsson, University of Iceland
  • David Savage, University of Western Australia
  • Tahna Mahjabeen, Curtin University
  • Nicholas Car, University of Melbourne
  • Rachel Blakers, The Australian National University


  • Vikram Sunkara, The Australian National University, Australia
  • Wendy Minato, Charles Sturt University, Albury, Australia
  • Lisa Lowe, The University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Fiona Paton, The University of Adelaide, Australia
  • Baihua Fu, The Australian National University, Australia
  • Fiona Johnson, The University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Xin Zhao, The University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Ghialy Yap, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia
  • Joanna Szemis, The University of Adelaide, Australia
  • Brittany Coff, The University of Adelaide, Australia



  • Sander Janssen, Wageningen Uni, Netherlands
  • Eve McDonald-Madden, Uni of Qld, Australia
  • Jakin Ravalico, Uni of Adelaide, Australia


  • Nicholas Car, University of Melbourne & CSIRO Land & Water, Australia
  • Nicklas Forsell, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences & French National Institute for Agricultural Research
  • Ling Li, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
  • Maki Matsuka, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia
  • Daniel Pagendam, University of Queensland, Australia
  • Robert Pipunic, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Paraskevi Thomas, University of South Australia, Australia


Prior to 2007, Student prizes and commendations were awarded in each of three categories: Natural Systems, Socioeconomic Systems, and General Systems.

Natural Systems
2005 Nicholas Surawski (Griffith University)
2003 Lucy Marshall
2001 Tim Harrold
1999 Scott Woolbridge
1997 Margriet Nakken
2005 Alice O’Connor (U Melbourne), Jakin Ravalico (U Adelaide), Celina Smith (ANU)
2003 Greer Kingston, Jose Ruiz, Jenifer Ticehurst, Leo Lymburner, Benjamin Cairns
2001 Gavin Bowden
Socioeconomic Systems
2005 Bernardo da Veiga (Uni Western Australia)
2003 Kim Radalj
2001 Felix Chan
1999 Peter Verhoeven
1997 Christine Lim
2005 Jared Greenville (Uni Sydney), Isabel Casas (UWA)
2003 Peter Goethals, Suhejla Hoti
2001 Suhejla Hoti
General Systems
2005 An Tran Duy (Wageninen Uni)
2003 Kate Johnson
2001 Rebecca Letcher
1999 Peter Johnson
1997 Fayen d’Evie
2005 Asif Zaman (U Melbourne), Michael bode (Uni Qld)
2003 Norio Hirao