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With her research interests in GIS (Geographical Information Science) and in particular the application of spatial science to environmental modelling, Associate Professor Rachel Whitsed has been involved in developing ecology and agricultural applications. Her other areas of interest include uncertainty in GIS, spatial algorithms and programming and developing world precision agriculture.

Research Interests

  • Spatial environmental modelling
  • Spatial health modelling
  • Spatial social modelling
  • Spatial modelling algorithms
  • Uncertainty in spatial modelling

Professional Information

External Appointments & Memberships:

  • Australian College of Environmental Deans and Directors (ACEDD) (member),
  • Australasian Spatial Information Education and Research Association (ASIERA) (member),
  • Spatial Accuracy (Steering Committee member)

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (Spatial Sciences), Spatial Decision Support for Selecting Tropical Crops and Forages in Uncertain Environments, Curtin University


Master of Science (Geography), Victoria University of Wellington


Bachelor in Computing and Mathematical Science (BCMS), University of Waikato


External positions

Postdoctoral Position, University of California

Jun 2004Oct 2005

Spatial Analyst/Programmer, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)

Nov 1998Dec 2000


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