Dr Diane Pearson

Research interests

  • Environmental Information Systems and spatial analysis
  • Landscape ecology - studying habitat loss due to human activity
  • Sustainable landscapes
  • Measuring and quantifying landscape structure and heterogeneity
  • Monitoring land use/ land cover change using GIS and Remote Sensing
  • Habitat modelling and biodiversity assessment
  • Uncertainty issues in GIS databases
  • Effect of scale on landscape analysis
  • Integrating socio-economic data with environmental data for resource management

Awards:

Citation for outstanding contribution to student learning in the 2006 Carrick Awards for Australian University Teaching.

Finalist for the Award for Excellence in Education and Professional Development in the Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards 2005

Winner of the United States Regional Association - International Association of Landscape Ecology’s Foreign Scholar award to attend US-IALE’98, Michigan, USA. March 1998

Peer reviewer for International Journals

  • International Journal of Geographic Information Science
  • Journal of Vegetation Science
  • Environmental Modelling and Software
  • Landscape Research
  • Landscape Ecology

Guest Editor for International Journals

Landscape Ecology

Other

Arc Discovery International Reader

Year Type Citation
2010 Journal Article Pearson, D. M. & Gorman, J. T. Managing the landscapes of the Australian Northern Territory for sustainability: Visions, issues and strategies for successful planning. Futures 42, 711-722 (2010).
2010 Journal Article Pearson, D. M. & Gorman, J. T. Exploring the relevance of a landscape ecological paradigm for sustainable landscapes and livelihoods: A case study from the Northern Territory Australia. Journal of Landscape Ecology 25, (2010).
2008 Journal Article Tremblay, P., Pearson, D. M. & Gorman, J. T. Destination Planning and the Sustainability of Wildlife Tourism Resources: Ongoing Challenges for Knowledge Integration. Tourism and Hospitality Planning and Development 5, 257 - 276 (2008).
2008 Journal Article Gorman, J. T., Pearson, D. M. & Whitehead, P. J. Assisting Australian indigenous resource management and sustainable utilization of species through the use of GIS and environmental modeling techniques. Journal of Environmental Management 86, 104 - 113 (2008).
2007 Conference Paper Pearson, D. M. & Gorman, J. T. Managing landscapes in Australian Northern Territory for sustainability: visions, issues and solutions. International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE) World Congress (2007). at <http://espace.cdu.edu.au/view/cdu:7096>
2007 Conference Paper Pearson, D. M., Gorman, J. T. & Whitehead, P. J. Using GIS and habitat suitability analysis to assist in Australian indigenous resource management and sustainable utilization of species through the use of GIS and environmental modelling techniques. International Geographical Union Regional Conference (2007). at <http://espace.cdu.edu.au/view/cdu:7098>
2006 Conference Paper Pearson, D. M., Gorman, J. T. & Whitehead, P. J. Using predictive habitat modelling to assist in the sustainable utilisation of species harvested in Central Arnhem Land. International Geographical Union Conference (2006). at <http://espace.cdu.edu.au/view/cdu:6794>
2005 Conference Paper Gorman, J. T., Pearson, D. M. & Whitehead, P. J. Assisting Australian indigenous resource management and sustainable utilization of species through the use of GIS and environmental modeling techniques. North Australian Remote Sensing and GIS (NARGIS) Conference (2005). at <http://espace.cdu.edu.au/view/cdu:7099>
2005 Conference Paper Gorman, J. T., Pearson, D. M. & Whitehead, P. J. Using GIS and Environmental Modelling Techniques for Indigenous Resource Management. North Australia Remote Sensing and GIS (NARGIS) Conference (2005). at <http://espace.cdu.edu.au/view/cdu:6804>
2003 Conference Paper Bartolo, R., Pearson, D. M. & Hill, G. J. E. Landscape change on the tropical floodplains of the Trans-fly Bioregion, Southern New Guinea. 6th World Congress of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (2003). at <http://espace.cdu.edu.au/view/cdu:1389>
2003 Conference Paper Pearson, D. M., Tremblay, P., Gorman, J. T. & Zhang, Y. Using GIS and remote sensing to assist in the sustainable management of the Top End of Australia's wildlife tourism icons. 3rd International Wildlife Management Congress (2003). at <http://espace.cdu.edu.au/view/cdu:1388>

Recent research projects

Natural Resource Management Board NT
Project title: Integrated scenario planning across shared landscapes: A territory wide approach.
Stephen Garnett, Bruce Campbell, Neil Collier, Adam Drucker, Diane Pearson, Hmalan Hunter-Xenie.
1 year project - $100,000

Natural Resource Management Board NT
Project title: Scenario planning for climate change in tropical landscapes.
Stephen Garnett, Bruce Campbell, Neil Collier, Adam Drucker, Diane Pearson, Stuart Blanch (WWF), Cassandra Brook (WWF), Hmalan Hunter-Xenie.  Project partners – WWF Australia.
3 year project - $300,000

Land and Water and Greening Australia Exchange incentive
Project title: The NT Applied Landscape Research and Education Network workshop
$8,000

NHT2
Project title: Prioritising  and managing marine significant ecosystems.
Joint with NT Department of Natural Resources, Environment and the Arts.
2 year project - $600,000

NHT2
Project title: Modelling water quality in Monsoonal vine forest.
Joint with NT Department of Natural Resources, Environment and the Arts.
2 year project -$287,000

CDU Project grant
Project title: Assessing landscape change in the greater Darwin area; linking state of the art mapping with socio-economic drivers of change.
Ahmad, W., Pearson, D. and Boggs, G.  
1 year project – awarded July 2006

NTU Project grant
Project title: Using GIS and Environmental Modelling Techniques for Indigenous resource management
Whitehead, P., Pearson, D. and Gorman, J.              
1 year project - awarded July 2003 - $7,885

CRC Desert Knowledge
Project Title: Sustainability issues facing Community Ranger groups in Arid Regions.
Gabrys, K, Pearson, D, Campbell, M & Davies, J.
1 year project award 2006 - $30,000    

CRC for Sustainable Tourism funded project
Project title: The sustainable management of wildlife tourism in the Top End: Matching supply and demand for wildlife-tourism icons by mapping the changing spatial distribution of tourists and habitats.
Tremblay, P. and Pearson, D.                          
2 year project – started 2001 - $48,240

CRC for Sustainable Tropical Savannas funded project
Project title: Grassland patterning and habitat suitability for granivorous birds
3 year project – my involvement started in 2000

NTU project grant
Project title: Measurement and analysis of spatial structure in northern Australian Landscapes.
Pearson, D.
1 year project - started July 1999 - $1,500

ARC Small Grant
Project title: Spatial and temporal analysis of the distributions and habitat relations of the Magpie Goose.
Whitehead, P., Devonport, C. and Pearson, D.          
1 year project - started Feb 1999 - $18,412

Infrastructure grants received

CDU internal research infrastructure funding
Title: GIS support staff
Pearson, D, Maier, S,  and Boggs G..
Awarded 2009 - - $28,843

CDU internal research infrastructure funding
Title: GIS support staff
Pearson, D., Boggs, G. and Ahmad, W. 
Awarded 2008 - $28,843

CDU internal research infrastructure funding
Title: GIS support staff
Boggs, G. Pearson, D., and Ahmad, W.  
Awarded 2008 - $25,300

ARC LEIF
Title: Upgrade of GIS and RS research facilities at Charles Darwin University.
Ahmad, W., Boggs, G. and Pearson, D. 
Awarded 2007 -  $105,000

ARC RIEF
Title: Upgrade of satellite remote sensing and GIS Research Laboratory at Northern Territory University, Darwin.
Ahmad,W., Hill,G.,  Pearson,D., Devonport,C.,  Whitehead, P. and Bowman D.
Awarded 2000 - $100,000

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