Rachel Whitsed

PhD, Head of School, School of Environmental Sciences and Lecturer in Spatial Sciences, Aspro

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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)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

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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