Prof Grant Hamilton

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

Recent grants:

  • 2022: Discovery Project: Averting Disaster: New Ways to Assess Bushfire Risk and Building Integrity
  • 2021: Landcare Led Bushfire Recovery:Establishing an AI Enabled Drone Monitoring Network for Wildlife
  • 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


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