USQ researcher to collaborate with Smithsonian Institute

A USQ researcher is bound for the US Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama after being awarded a highly competitive Advance Queensland grant.
10 Oct 2018
Dr Ravinesh Deo, a leading scientist from USQ’s School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Science and the Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment, will head up a project looking at attributing land use and land-cover change influence on hydrological-ecosystem interactions with artificial intelligence.

The project will construct artificial intelligence tools to look at land use change and hydro-meteorological impacts considering the response and climate signal filtering mechanism to separate climate variability and climate change.

Working with global research leaders at the laboratory in Panama, Dr Deo said it was an honour to be expanding the University’s research outreach to the US through the Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowships Program.

“We will use artificial intelligence-based computer models to forecast different land use and watershed environments in Panama and Queensland and this research will help in critical decisions that can protect landscapes and drive strategic climate change adaptation policy,” Dr Deo said.

USQ Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research & Innovation Professor Mark Harvey commended Dr Deo for being one of three researchers selected for 2018.

“Advance Queensland Fellowships are awarded to a select group of Queenslanders and it is a fantastic opportunity not only for Dr Deo but also USQ to share knowledge with the Smithsonian Institute and collaborate with such a leading research institution,” he said.

Dr Deo will collaborate with STRI Staff Scientist Dr Jefferson Hall, Dr Robert Stallard and several other researchers in Panama and the United States, during his overseas visit.

This research (in partnership Agua Salud) is partly supported by a generous research grant from the Lloyd’s Tercentenary Research Foundation.
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USQ researcher Dr Ravinesh Deo is bound for the US Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama after being awarded a Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowship.