Associate Professor Grant Hamilton

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Program Leader, Ecological monitoring

Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology)

Ecology and Environmental Science: The smart use of leading edge technology for efficient and accurate wildlife monitoring

Research area: Conservation using drones, artificial intelligence and advanced analytics

Developing detection and aerial survey of animals of conservation concern using drones, detection of weeds, pests and invasives.

Projects include: Automated detection of koalas in complex environments – we have developed a leading edge methodology for the detection and abundance estimation of koalas.

Automated detection of feral species, including deer

Automated detection of weeds

Improving surveillance design for wildlife and pests

Areas of expertise:

  • Conservation
  • Detection and abundance estimation using drones and AI
  • Biological Invasions
  • Ecological Statistics
  • Ecological modelling.

Recent grants:

  • 2020: Analysis of post bushfire koala populations on Kangaroo Island. Department for Environment and Water, South Austrlia
  • 2018-2019. Landscape level abundance estimation and vegetation assessment- koalas. Gympie Regional Council
  • 2019-2021. Deer detection with AI. Department of Environment and Science, Queensland
  • 2017-2018. Horizon scan for new technologies/ industries. AgriFutures Australia.
  •  2017-2019. Developing an Accurate and Cost Effective Koala Abundance Estimation Methodology Using UAVs. Department of Environment and Science, Queensland
  • Detecting opportunities and challenges for Australian agricultural and Rural Industries. AgriFutures Australia.
  • 2014-2018. Decision Making for eradiaction and quarantine zones. Plant Biosecurity CRC
  • 2014-2017. Optimizing surveillance protocols using UAVs. Plant Biosecurity CRC

Additional information

Agri-Intelligence in Cotton Production Systems - Stage 1
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Agriculture Cybernetics;Digital Agriculture;In-Farm Decision Support Systems;Management of Inputs in Agriculture;Value Chain of Cotton Crops
  • Monitoring and Modelling Vulnerable Wildlife Populations Using Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems and Machine Learning
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Simon Denman
  • Machine Learning for the Automated Detection of Deer in Drone and Camera Trap Imagery
    MPhil, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Simon Denman