Climate Change

Dr Christine Hosking
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Christine’s main research interests have involved using a range of systematic conservation planning tools to model the predicted distribution of terrestrial species under future climate change and identify ‘climate change refugia’, using koalas and their food trees as case study species.


Joe Lane
Environmental-economic analysis

Joe Lane has been a researcher in the School of Chemical Engineering for the past eight years, most recently with the UQ Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation, and now also affiliated with GCI. Joe’s professional background spans process engineering, water resource planning, and developing tools to incorporate environmental information into decision making.


Food Systems

Prof. Bill BellottiProfessor Bill Bellotti
Food Systems Program Director

Professor Bill Bellotti has more than 30 years' experience in leading agricultural production system research in southern Australia, western China, and eastern India. His expertise includes agronomy, climate variability and change, farming systems and integrated approaches to food systems.


Dr Grace MuriukiDr Grace Muriuki
Food Systems Program Manager

Dr Grace Muriuki brings more than 20 years’ research and development experience from working in both the public and private sectors in Australia and in Africa. Before joining GCI, Grace worked with CSIRO (Land and Water, and Energy Flagships), where among other projects, she was engaged in sustainability, energy and climate change research.


Healthy Oceans

Dr Claudia Benham
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Claudia is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Healthy Oceans Program at the Global Change Institute, where she works on a range of issues at the marine science and policy nexus. Claudia’s background is as an interdisciplinary marine and social scientist specialising in tropical environments. Her PhD work examined the ecological and social impacts of industrial developments in the Great Barrier Reef.


Dr Hawthorne Beyer
ARC Early Career Research Fellow

Hawthorne Beyer is a quantitative ecologist working on conservation and environmental management problems. His research focuses on i) the dynamics and control of wildlife disease and vectors of disease; ii) mechanistic animal movement models that quantify habitat and movement processes in a single unified framework; and iii) optimisation of resource allocation to ecological management problems.


Dr Pim BongaertsDr Pim Bongaerts
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Pim is the lead scientist for the Deep Reef Component of the XL Catlin Seaview Survey. The Deep Reef Survey looks into the effects of climate change on one of the least known ecosystems on the planet – the deep-water reefs or mesophotic coral ecosystems (between 30-100m).



Dr Manuel González-Rivero
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Manuel is lead scientist of the Shallow Reef Component of the XL Catlin Seaview Survey. He obtained his Bachelor of Biological Sciences (Honours) from the Universidad Central de Venezuela and completed his PhD in Ecology in the United Kingdom.


Dr Emma KennedyDr Emma Kennedy
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

A postdoctoral research fellow, Emma Kennedy is a research scientist working on the 50reefs initiative. The 50reefs project aims to use the best available science to identify and prioritise protection efforts on the coral reefs that are least vulnerable to climate change, and also have the greatest capacity to repopulate other reefs over time.


Dr Alberto Rodríguez-Ramírez
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Alberto Rodríguez-Ramírez has been an active coral reef researcher for 17 years, studying and monitoring long-term trajectories in marine ecosystems, including seagrass and mangroves, as well as coral reefs in the Caribbean region and the Great Barrier Reef.


Dr Tyrone Ridgway
Program Manager

Tyrone brings an interdisciplinary background to the role, after working in environmental issues in research and non-government organisations, resource and research management within federal government agencies, as well as project management roles in private consulting.


Dr Julie Vercelloni
Dr Julie Vercelloni

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr Julie Vercelloni is a research scientist working on the XL Catlin Seaview Survey. She is primary interested in broad-scale coral reef modelling with an emphasis on Bayesian approaches.



Clean Energy

Dr Feifei (Ivy) Bai
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Feifei (Ivy) Bai's research interests include PV integration impacts, battery energy storage integration research, power system low-frequency oscillation analysis and control. Dr Bai received her Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering and its Automation from Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China in 2010 and she received her Ph.D. Degree in Power System and its Automation from Southwest Jiaotong University in 2016.

Dr Seyyed Ali Pourmousavi
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dr Seyyed Ali Pourmousavi brings industrial experience and knowledge on battery storage technologies, power systems, and electricity market operation to the UQ Solar project. He holds BSc, MSc, and PhD degrees in electrical engineering with emphasis on power systems.


Dr Phillip Wild
Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Dr Phillip Wild brings agent based modelling capability to project 1 'Control Methodologies of Distributed Generation' and project 2 'Market and Economic Modelling of the impacts of Distributed Generation' at the Global Change Institute


Dr Ruifeng Yan
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr Ruifeng Yan's research interests include photovoltaic and wind integration impacts, unbalanced network analysis and power system stability.



Sustainable Water

Tari BowlingTari Bowling

Tari Bowling has 13 years' experience in fields such as environmental management, water resource management, community fisheries, gender mainstreaming, and water and sanitation hygiene (WASH).



Dr Nina Hall
Manager, Sustainable Water

Dr Nina Lansbury Hall manages the Sustainable Water program at the Global Change Institute, with the aim of catalysing cross-disciplinary projects to respond to complex issues around the sustainable and integrated management, treatment and use of water with social, environmental and economic considerations.


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