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Dr Shaun Levick

Earth Observation Ecologist


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Dr Shaun Levick is a geospatial ecologist who integrates Earth Observation science and GIS modelling with field experiments to better understand the structure and dynamics of ecosystems.

Shaun's research merges cutting-edge advances in satellite, airborne, and terrestrial remote sensing with emerging tools in computer vision and machine learning to address environmental challenges. Key focus areas include high precision carbon accounting, fire ecology and management, biodiversity mapping, mine-site rehabilitation, and modelling future trajectories of ecosystem change.

Shaun obtained his PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) before moving on to a postdoctoral position with the Carnegie Airborne Observatory (CAO) at Stanford University, CA (USA). He led the Landscape Processes research group at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena (Germany) for five years, where he expanded his research on savanna landscape structure and dynamics to tropical regions across the globe. Shaun joined CSIRO Land and Water in 2017 as a joint-appointment with Charles Darwin University (Associate Professor of Remote Sensing) and transitioned to a full-time role with CSIRO in 2020.

Shaun leads the CSIRO LiDAR Community of Practice, is an Associate Editor for Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation, and teaches spatial data processing in Google Earth Engine through his
YouTube Channel.

Other Interests

  • LiDAR, SAR
  • Google Earth Engine
  • Virtual Reality, Computer Vision
  • Machine Learning

Current Roles

  • Principal Research Scientist
    Earth Observation Ecology

Professional Experiences

  • 2017-2020

    Associate Professor
    Charles Darwin University / CSIRO

  • 2012-2017

    Group Leader
    Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry

  • 2011-2012

    Remote Sensing Scientist
    GNS Science

  • 2008-2011

    Postdoctoral Scientist
    Carnegie Institution for Science

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2018-present

    CSIRO LiDAR Community of practice

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