Dr Farzin Shabani

Research Fellow in Palaeo-Vegetation Modelling

College of Science and Engineering

place Biological Sciences (215)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I apply global dynamic vegetation models and several bioclimatic envelopes (correlative based models) to examine the impacts of future and palaeoclimate change on surviving species and extinct ones.

Since Feb 2018 I work at Flinders University and I try tracing the role of environmental fluctuations on the evolution of Australia’s natural history (vegetation communities) over spatial times scales (e.g. 200,000 years back). Why I do this? It is simple, if we understand how did Australia’s endemic biota respond and adapt to periods of prolonged climatic stress, we can learn lessons that will help Australia’s environment and society in the future.

  • In 2021 (S2), I am a guest lecture for Introduction to Geographical Information Systems at Flinders University.
  • In 2021, I have been contacted by the Department of Regional NSW - Primary Industries (Weed Research Unit - Invasive Species Biosecurity) to provide consultancy on impacts of climate change to the Invasive Plants and Animals group of NSW DPI.
  • I have also completed two postdoc fellowships at Macquarie University (two years). Before that, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of New England (UNE) for two years.
  • At UNE, I have been involved in teaching GIS, Remote Sensing and Image Analysis courses for undergraduate and postgraduate students (EM334/534 & EM432/EM532).
  • At UNE, I was one of the GIS specialists in the Commonwealth Department of Environment Pacific Climate Change Project for the Australian government during 2013 and 2014.

Co-supervision: I co-supervised four PhD students and all are graduated.

ORCID: link Scopus ID: link Google Scholar: link Publons: link ResearchGate: link

Honours, awards and grants
  • Vice-Chancellor's Award for Early Career Researchers from Flinders University (2019) + $2500 research fund. This award recognises the outstanding contributions I have made as an early career researcher to the University;
  • Chancellor's doctoral research Medal from the University of New England for excellence in the University of New England Doctor Of Philosophy (2016);
  • University of New England International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS); &
  • University of New England Keith and Dorothy Mackay Travelling Scholarship, $3000.
Key responsibilities

My position is primarily research-focused.

Academic Editor: Scientific Reports - Nature: link PeerJ: link

Ad-Hoc Journal Reviews:

  • Methods in Ecology and Evolution (impact factor (IF) 7.7),
  • Science of the Total Environment (IF 7.9),
  • Environmental Pollution (IF 8.0),
  • Journal of Environmental Management (IF 6.7),
  • Habitat International (IF 5.3),
  • Climate Services (IF 5.6),
  • Geomorphology (IF 4.1),
  • Field Crops Research (IF 5.2)
  • Journal of Hydrology (IF 5.7).
  • Scientific Reports

Grant reviewer: The Marsden Fund Council, 2019

Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Climate change (2)

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