Dr Tanya Doody

Senior Research Scientist

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Dr Doody joined CSIRO’s Division of Forestry in Mount Gambier, South Australia in 1993. In 2007 she relocated to CSIRO Land and Water in Adelaide, where she is now a Senior Research Scientist. She also leads the Environmental Water Team and has been involved in a broad range of projects over the last 20 years. Her core science has been quantifying water requirements and determining water impacts of native and invasive species and plantation forests across Australia; to provide management options to natural resource managers, local industry and government bodies.

Dr Doody provides integrative science linking ecological response of riparian vegetation to floodplain inundation and remote sensing to investigate impacts of water reform policy within the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. The aim is to understand what a range of floodplain environmental watering management options might have on vegetation health. She recently completed a publication to determine the water requirements of riparian River Red Gum in the Murray-Darling Basin.

Dr Doody and CSIRO Office of the Chief Executive (OCE) Distinguished Visiting Scientist, Dr Pamela Nagler, are currently developing remote sensing tools which demonstrate an ability to nest climate, hydrology and vegetation models to predict water availability and water use under future climate change scenarios in the Murray-Darling Basin.

Dr Doody’s PhD Thesis involved quantifying evapotranspiration (water use) of willow stands and potential water savings from willow removal to create management tools to predict water savings across climatic zones. Results were integrated using a remote sensing tool (developed by Dr Doody) to map willow canopy area; allowing accurate estimates of willow water use across climatic zones nationally.

Other Interests

Dr Doody has a very broad research base with skills in remote sensing, GIS, floodplain inundation modelling as well as measurement/modelling of evapotranspiration. She has also undertaken several studies using ecological response models to provide management solutions to water managers. She is currently developing capability in remotely sensed evapotranspiration across riparian areas in Australia with a method suitable for application world wide.

Dr Doody is also involved in research to address the water-food-energy nexus. This involves populating and validating a framework which presents well-being of study areas (i.e Murray-Darling Basin, Pangani River Basin) in response to trade-offs between irrigated agriculture, hydropower, environment and water.

Academic Qualifications

  • 2013

    PhD (Deans Commendation)
    The University of Adelaide

  • 2008

    Grad. Dip. GIS and Remote Sensing with High Distinction
    Charles Sturt University

  • 1993

    The University of Adelaide

Achievements and Awards

  • 2014-2014

    Deans Commendation for PhD Thesis Excellence
    The University of Adelaide

  • 2013-2013

    CSIRO Land and Water Research Excellence Award

  • 2013-2014

    Host - CSIRO CEO Visiting Scientist Award Dr Pamela Nagler

  • 2012-2013

    GDE Atlas - Geospatial World Forum Application Excellence
    Goespatial World Awards

  • 2012-2013

    GDE Atlas - 8th Victorian Spatial Excellence, Spatial Enablement category
    Victorian Government

  • 2009-2010

    CSIRO Office of the Chief Executive Study Award

Other highlights

  • 2014-2017

    Editor - Hydrological Processes