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Ms Nat Raisbeck-Brown

Experimental Spatial Scientist


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Nat is a spatial science professional with 22 years’ experience focused on spatial data management, remote sensing, indigenous land management and the environment. She has a proven track record for working with people across diverse fields and transforming complex, spatial data into datasets suitable for many levels of analysis. Nat is highly creative and this allows her to see outside the “box” to solve complicated spatial data management and analysis problems.

Nat is currently leading the Indigenous Ecological Knowledge Project within the Atlas of Living Australia.The aim of this project is to promote the value and importance of Indigenous Ecological Knowledge and Indigenous Knowledge Systems by integrating them with western science knowledge systems, and highlighting their influence on our understanding of biodiversity and the environment.

Nat has deep interests in spatial ecological data management planning and is keen to keep CSIRO and her projects at the forefront of data management planning. She progresses this ideal by adopting emerging international data management standards and planning the entire data lifecycle through the project and beyond including data discovery, collection and organisation, quality assurance, control and data documentation, uses, preservation, sharing and citation.

Nat is also passionate about communication, learning and education and enjoys teaching, training and mentoring. She believes communication is at the base of everything we do in both work and life and through good communication we can achieve anything.

Nat is also an active and dedicated member of the Inclusion and Diversity Committee. She believes a diverse and inclusive workplace and project team is an essential foundation for good science.

Current Roles

  • Experimental spatial scientist
    Advise projects on spatial research and spatial component potential; Design and develop spatial analysis and data management methods to meet project needs and enhance research results

  • Project Lead: Indigenous Ecological Knowledge (IEK) Project
    Manage and progress inclusion of Indigenous Language names for plants and animals in the Atlas of Living Australia; Work with Indigenous groups to promote and publish Indigenous Ecological Knowledge through the ALA Profile pages; Advance digitisation of Indigenous Seasonal Calendars through the ALA and Indigenous digital companies and organisations

  • Section Lead: 3D mapping
    Making 3D maps with Indigenous communities to aid discussions about future local developments

  • Section Lead: Spatial and ecological data manager
    Design, manage and maintain spatial database for ecological data for longitudinal projects

Academic Qualifications

  • 1994

    Bachelor of Science
    Curtin University

  • 1996

    Graduate Diploma - Geographic Information Science
    Curtin University

  • 2014

    Graduate Certificate - Applied Statistics
    Swinburne University

  • 2019

    Master of Spatial Science
    Curtin University

Achievements and Awards

  • 2020-2020

    Churchill Fellowship - Visit Chile, Canada and Sweden to investigate intergenerational transfer of knowledge using mapping and technology
    Churchill Trust

  • 2018-2018

    Recognition for your individual contribution to the Bioregional Assessment Project

  • 2016-2016

    Award for leadership and commitment to the Spatial Science student internship program that she has established in collaboration with Curtin University

  • 2016-2016

    Award for continued dedication to delivering Bioregional Assessment Project

  • 2015-2015

    Award for continued dedication to delivering Bioregional Assessment Project

  • 2014-2014

    Award for demonstrating responsibility, initiative, commitment and fostering excellent relationships to ensure product delivery.

  • 2014-2014

    Award for creativity and effective team work under a tightening deadline by developing visually impressive mapping templates to showcase the scientific data supporting AdaptNRM Module 3 and its scheduled launch.

  • 2007-2007

    Shinju Matsuri Art Awards – Winner of “Works on Paper”
    Shinju Matsuri

  • 2006-2006

    Graham Stanton Award for Overall Excellence
    International Map Traders Association

  • 2006-2006

    Best Map Related Product
    International Map Traders Association

  • 2005-2005

    NT Research and Innovation Awards (Finalist)
    CRC for Tropical Savannas Management

  • 2000-2000

    Research and Development Award, Institutional Category (2nd place).
    Mapping Sciences Institute Australia & Hatch Associated Pty Ltd. Technology

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2016-2019

    CSIRO - Diversity and Inclusion Committee

  • 2016-2018

    CSIRO - Consultative Committee

  • 2010-2014

    CSIRO - Fire Warden

  • 2014-2019

    APWIGIS - Asia Pacific Women in Geographic Information, Spatial Sciences and Surveying


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