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Mr Adam Kilpatrick
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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)
Awards & Achievements
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:
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)
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. www.mssanz.org.au/modsim2013/L5/ahamed.pdf
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
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.
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.:
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