Mr Adam Kilpatrick

Chief Remote Pilot and Maintenance Controller
Mr Adam Kilpatrick
  Org Unit Ecology and Environmental Science
  Telephone +61 8 8313 7324
  Location Floor/Room 3 ,  Oliphant Building ,   North Terrace

Adam is a Ph.D candidate in the Spatial Information Group, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Adelaide. His Ph.D project title is:

"Rangeland condition monitoring using remotely sensed cross-fence comparisons"

Rangelands are ecosystems which we humans use to graze domestic stock for meat production. They cover a large percentage of earth's terrestrial land mass, e.g. 41% of South Australia. Effectively monitoring the effects of rangeland management has proven logistically and statistically impossible using field based monitoring methods alone. Remote Sensing is the obvious answer, and various satellite imagery platforms already allow us to monitor vegetation cover levels and changes across the globe, even on a daily basis. Determing whether our land management drives these changes in vegetation, however, is rather difficult due to the large spatial and temporal variability of natural variables such as rainfall and soil type.

Adam's research is a continuation (after a hiatus), of cutting edge research conducted for his honours degree. The methodology being developed and tested is a critical breakthrough that has the potential to allow paddock/field-scale, timely monitoring of the effects of management, whilst controlling for natural variables, on developed rangelands throughout Australia and the world.

Adam is involved in other aspects of rangeland, arid and spatial ecology, including projects on the ecology and management of rare and threatened flora and fauna species, ecology and management of feral animals, remote sensing of dryland agriculture, and experimental design.

Adam is a core member of the Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility based at The University of Adelaide. Adam is a CASA approved UAV pilot for research and commercial (non-recreational) flying in Australian air-space, able to configure, pilot and deploy multirotor and fixed wing remotely piloted systems with a wide range of sensors.

B.Sc Hons (First Class, 1A) in Soil and Land Systems. "Rangeland condition monitoring using remotely-sensed cross-fence comparisons"

B.Sc (Sustainable Environments) majoring in Land and Water Management

Cert. IV Frontline Management (Scouts Australia Institute of Training)

Prime Minister's Australia Asia Scholar (Postgraduate, 2013)

SA Adventurer of the Year (2012)

SA Young Achievers Awards: Flinders Ports Environment Award Winner (2012)

AW Howard Memorial Trust Travel Grant (2011) (Awarded for travel to the IX International Rangelands Congress, Argentina).

Australian Geographic Society Seed Grant (2010) (Awarded to support the "22nd World Jamboree Trike Expedition").

Australian Postgraduate Award (2009-) (Scholarship for Ph.D)

Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute:

  1. 14th Australasian Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Conference, Honours Student Award (2008). (Only award given nationwide to attend biennial conference for an honours student).
  2. South Australian Spatial Excellence Awards, Undergraduate/Graduate Student Award (2009). (Awarded to best undergraduate, honours or postgraduate certificate/diploma student in South Australia)

Research students: Tina Schroeder (Honours, 2012-2013, First Class) "Can the dingo suppress introduced predators and save our threatened species?"

Demonstrating and lecturing (applications) in Remote Sensing III

Demonstrating in GIS for Environmental Management III

Demonstrating in GIS for Agriculture & Natural Resource III

Demonstrating in Spatial Information and Land Evaluation (II)

Rangeland, Arid/semi-arid, Landscape, and Spatial Ecology

Spatial Sciences (Remote Sensing, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), spatial modelling and data analysis, theoretical models)

Journal Articles

Kilpatrick, A.D., Lewis, M.M., Ostendorf, B. (2015). Rangeland condition monitoring: A new approach using cross-fence comparisons of remotely sensed vegetation. Plos One. Accepted, in press.


Kilpatrick, A.D., Warren-Smith, S.C., Read, J.L., Lewis, M.M., Ostendorf, B. (2011). Cross-fence comparisons: theory for spatially comprehensive, controlled variable assessment of treatment effects in managed landscapes. Ecol Informatics. 6, 170-176. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoinf.2010.10.001

Read, J.L., Moseby, K.E., Briffa, J., Kilpatrick, A.D., Freeman, A. (2011). Eradication of rabbits from landscape scale exclosures: pipedream or possibility? Ecol Manage Rest. 12 (1), 47-54.

Read, J.L. and Kilpatrick, A.D. (2009). Improved Conservation Status of Atriplex Kochiana Maiden. Trans Roy Soc Sth Aust. 133 (1), 172-177.

Conference Presentations (Peer-reviewed proceedings)

Lyle, G., Arbon, K., Clarke, K., Kilpatrick, A., Summers, D., Ostendorf, B. (2013). "How generalisable are empirical models to estimate high resolution spatial indicators of crop performance at the regional scale?" In Piantadosi, J., Anderssen, R.S. and Boland, J. (eds) MODSIM2013, 20th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. Modelling and Simulation Society of Australian and New Zealand, December 2013, pp 1910-1916. 

Lyle, G., Kilpatrick, A. and Ostendorf, B. (2009). "I can't be green if I'm in the red!" The creation of high resolution broad scale economic estimates to assist in the decision to adopt alternative land uses in the SA cropping region. In: Ostendorf, B., Baldock, P., Bruce, D., Burdett, M. and Corcoran, P. (eds.), Proceedings of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute Biennial International Conference, Adelaide 2009, Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute, pp. 1259-1270. ISBN: 978-0-9581366-8-6

Conference Presentations

Schroeder, T., Kilpatrick, A., Lewis, M., Moseby, K. (2013). Spatial and temporal interactions between dingoes, cats and foxes in South Australia's arid zone. Australasian Wildlife Management Society Conference 2013. Armstrong, D.P. (eds). Palmerston North, New Zealand.

Kilpatrick, A.D., Warren-Smith, S.C., Read, J.L., Lewis, M.M., Ostendorf, B. (2012) Developments in monitoring rangelands using remotely-sensed cross-fence comparisons. XXII Congress of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Melbourne, Australia.

Kilpatrick, A.D., Lewis, M.M., Ostendorf, B., Read, J.L., Warren-Smith, S. (2011) Rangeland monitoring using remotely-sensed cross-fence comparisons. IX International Rangeland Congress, Rosario, Argentina.

Kilpatrick, A.D., Lewis, M.M., Ostendorf, B. (2011) Designing paired sample rangeland experiments: Spatial variance considerations. IX International Rangeland Congress, Rosario, Argentina.

Kilpatrick, A.D., Lewis, M.M., Ostendorf, B. (2010) Premise testing of a methodology using models: rangeland monitoring using remotely sensed cross-fence comparisons. 15th Australasian Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Conference, Alice Springs, Australia

Kilpatrick, A.D., Lewis, M.M., Ostendorf, B., Read, J.L., Warren-Smith, S. (2010) Rangeland monitoring using remotely-sensed, cross-fence comparisons. Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute, Spatial Information Day 2010, Adelaide, Australia.

Kilpatrick, A.D., Lewis, M.M., Ostendorf, B., Read, J.L., Warren-Smith, S. (2008) Rangeland condition monitoring: using remotely-sensed, cross-fence comparison methodology. 14th Australasian Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Conference, Darwin, Australia.


Collard, S.J., Kilpatrick, A., O'Connor, P.J. (2013). Biodiversity monitoring with birds in the South Australian Murray Darling Basin, Nature Conservation Society of South Australia, Adelaide.

Lewis, M., Turner, D., Kilpatrick, A., Arbon, K. (2011). Remote sensing tools for assessing land condition in the Gawler Bioregion. Report by The University of Adelaide to the South Australian Arid Lands Natural Resources Management Board, Port Augusta.

Lyle,G., Clarke,K., Hobbs,T., Kilpatrick, A., Summers, D., Ostendorf, B.
(2009) Land Use Planning for Sustainable Production Systems.  Report to SA
Department of Water, Land and Biodiversity Conservation. pp 120.

Kilpatrick, A., Gilbert, B. and Newman, J. (2006). Threshold densities for Burrowing Bettongs at Arid Recovery. School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, The University of Adelaide. Arid Recovery Technical Report 2006 (6).

Member (Student) Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Australia

Member (Student) Australian Rangeland Society

Team Leader, Youth Program Review, 2015, Scouts Australia. (The first review of the entirety of Scouts Australia since the early 1970s).

Venturer Leader and Bushwalking Team Member, Scout Association of Australia (SA Branch). My Scouting work focuses mostly on promoting, motivating and inspiring adventure and international friendship. E.g.:

CategoriesEnvironment, Science & Technology
Expertiserangelands; monitoring rangelands; desertification; overgrazing; remote sensing; GIS; dingos; feral cats; foxes; rabbits; arid ecology; deserts; sustainability; landscape ecology; Scouts
NotesPlease see my university website

The information in this directory is provided to support the academic, administrative and business activities of the University of Adelaide. To facilitate these activities, entries in the University Phone Directory are not limited to University employees. The use of information provided here for any other purpose, including the sending of unsolicited commercial material via email or any other electronic format, is strictly prohibited. The University reserves the right to recover all costs incurred in the event of breach of this policy.

Entry last updated: Tuesday, 4 Apr 2017

To link to this page, please use the following URL: