Dr Shaun Levick

Principal Research Scientist

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Dr Shaun Levick is a landscape ecologist who integrates remote sensing 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, habitat mapping, 3D visualisation and qualification of 3D dynamics, and the modelling of 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.

He joined CSIRO Land and Water in 2017 and is jointly appointed at Charles Darwin University as an Associate Professor of Remote Sensing. Shaun co-leads the CSIRO LiDAR Community of Practice.

Other Interests

Virtual Reality
Computer Vision
Machine Learning
Environmental economics

Current Roles

  • Associate Professor
    Remote Sensing of Environment

Professional Experiences

  • 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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