ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Dr Rachel Whitsed

Dr Rachel Whitsed

With her research interests in GIS (Geographical Information Science) and in particular the application of spatial science to environmental modelling, Dr Rachel Whitsed has been involved in developing ecology and agricultural applications. Her other areas of interest include uncertainty in GIS, spatial algorithms and programming and developing world precision agriculture.

Research Interests

  • Spatial environmental modelling
  • Spatial health modelling
  • Spatial social modelling
  • Spatial modelling algorithms
  • Uncertainty in spatial modelling

Bachelor in Computing and Mathematical Science (BCMS) University of Waikato NZ 1994 
Masters Science (Geography) at Victoria University, Wellington NZ 1998
PhD Curtin University 2004

Peer Reviewed Papers

Whitsed, R. & Smallbone, L.T. (2016) A hybrid genetic algorithm with local optimiser improves calibration of a vegetation change cellular automata model. International Journal of Geographical Information Science. doi:

Whitsed, R., & Smallbone, L. (2014) Uncertainty in a cellular automata model for vegetation change. Journal of Spatial Science, 1-16.

Current Projects

Better Parks for People, Whitsed, R., Black, R., & Harvey, R. (2016-2017) FACS NSW Liveable Communities, $62,727 Project details