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 (also see link).

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, 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)