Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

In the Limelight: Remy Dehaan

Position: Senior lecturer spatial technologies and precision agriculture. Chief pilot at Charles Sturt University.

Organisation: Charles Sturt University

Career Brief

Dr Remy DehaanI began my career after completing a degree in Geology and a PhD at UNSW in Remote Sensing with a move to Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga in 2003 to take up a lecturing position. My interests are broad having been in the School of Science and Technology, Environmental Science and now Agriculture and Wine Sciences. As such my teaching and research has focused mainly on remote sensing technology and its uses for measuring landscape attributes in conservation, production and monitoring with lots of interesting research activities in between.

Research and Teaching Activities and Interests

Research activities

My current research themes include; hyperspectral imagery for mapping weed infestations, nitrogen in rice, multi-temporal time series remote sensing data to examine the effect of stubble burning, examining the effects of vegetation in National Parks and the use of remote sensing to map vegetation changes connected to river systems to understand changes in geomorphic processes.  My current interests are learning about new ways to extract information from imagery such as machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI).

Teaching activities

I am passionate about delivering quality teaching in the areas of agriculture, earth science, remote sensing, GIS and cartography as well as research into internet-based strategies and quality assessment to improve student learning. I really love it when I see students getting something useful that they can use practically from the work they do here at Charles Sturt.

Professional Links

Chief Pilot for Charles Sturt University drone fleet

A typical day for me includes …

Hmmm they are varied but usually getting kids to school and a mix of teaching, administration and research.

My main project at the moment is …

We have just been funded to develop a weed manager’s guide to remote sensing technologies. This is exciting for our team who are working with NPWS, Local Councils, Local land Services to look at a variety of weeds using some of the latest technologies. We are hoping that this can be a building block to centralise information to help managers more effectively manage and control the spread of weeds.

My favourite part of my job is …

Working with students and colleagues to get meaningful results with practical outcomes that help make production systems better, both more profitable and sustainable.

When I am not in the office I like …

Relaxing with the family, movies, motorbike riding, fishing etc

When I am driving I like to listen to …

Mostly 80’s if I can get the controls back from the kids


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