Dr Bradley Evans

Senior Lecturer in Big Environmental Data and Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions
Centre for Carbon, Water and Food
School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Member of Sydney Institute of Agriculture

Telephone +61 2 8627 1188

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Biographical details

Bradley is experienced in regional climate modelling of land surface parameters and the use of terrestrial micro-meteorological observations and field spectroscopy. Bradley has statistically and spatially analysed (modelled and observed) observations of wind, soil moisture, temperature, humidity and precipitation. Bradley has used regional climate models down to a scale of 1km for over 100 years (hindcast) and developed post-processing systems to extract and perform GIS analysis on these data. Bradley has applied statistical decomposition analysis and other methods to detecting spatial and temporal correlations between disturbance events and time series data. Bradley has developed infrastructure for the acquisition, formatting and analysis of national (i.e. Australia and New Zealand) and global remote sensing and climatology datasets. Bradley contributes to a number of international open-source initiatives actively improving and sharing methodologies and tools for processing large scientific datasets.

Since 2013 Bradley has been the Director of the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network Ecosystem Modelling and Scaling Infrastructure. Bradley’s published research addresses the technical challenges of monitoring and modelling ecosystem productivity and condition with limited resources.

Research interests

Modelling Australia’s carbon and water cycle: Since 2012 Bradley has been developing and improving a new model for estimating Australian (and global) gross primary productivity, the model is called Ecosystem Production in Space and Time (ePiSaT) with Professor Colin Prentice. The model’s water constraint comes from the Simple Process-Led Algorithms for Simulating Habitats (SPLASH), a collaborative project with Professor Colin Prentice and others from the Imperial College of London.

Big Environmental Data:
 Bradley led the multi-institutional ACEAS workshop titled Spatially Explicit Data Discovery and Extraction Services (SPEDDEXES). The SPEDDEXES workshop brought together key stakeholders in the “Big Environmental Data” space and has provided the community with a way to describe “data as a service” for ecosystem sciences, and all that entails. The National Computing Infrastructure (NCI) has now extended this concept through its NERDIP programe, established the NCI 10 Pb repository http://dap.nci.org.au and consolidated datasets from several Govt. and non- Govt. institutions for the benefit of the research community. This service enables scientists to access several petabytes of data in a common way.This achievement has taken the NCI, eMAST and its partners several years to realize.

Enabling Australian research: As a researcher and director of the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network Ecosystem (TERN) Modellingand Scaling Infrastructure (eMAST) Bradley actively helps develop and maintaining critical research infrastructure which will be used in this research proposal.

EcosystemModellingSoftware: Bradley has lead TERN eMAST through the delivery of several “community transforming projects” including ANU Climate, Protocol for Analysis of Land Surface Models (PALS), Data Assimilation ResearchTestbed, Ecosystem Production in Space and Time (ePiSaT), TheeSPLASH hydrological model, The Australian WaterResources Assessment (AWRA) model and the Ecophysiological Land and Atmosphere Data Management System (ePLANT). These models have transformed the way the ecosystem science community approaches the use of software by: (a) delivering continental scale “best estimates” from the models, via the SPEDDEXES data services, (b) making thesoftware available for community use and (c) developing a “common framework” for running models on data via Australia’s NCI and eResearch Infrastructure and (d) providing publishing services for model outputs (via SPEDDEXES).

Community development (national and international): Bradley has positioned TERN eMAST as the go-to modeling community organisation within Australia’s ecosystem science community. Through a number of formalised collaborations with Government, Industry and Research communities eMASTenables community development by providing access to NCI and eResearch infrastructure – out of round – for projects using and publishing data back into the TERN eMAST facility. Collaborating with international organisationson projects delivering direct community benefits, for example, the collaboration with the National Centre for Atmospheric Research on setting up the Data Assimilation Research Testbed on the NCI. Most recently eMAST has established an ongoing collaborative exchange with NASA, focused around both edata services (SPEDDEXES) and community accesess to the new NASA missions Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCo2) and the Soil Moisture Active Passive sensor (SMAP).

Teaching and supervision

PhD Candidates under supervision

  • Henrique Togashi
  • Dong Ning
  • Caitlin Moore
  • Ian Marang

Masters Candidate

  • Julie Pauwels – Completed.

Current projects

ARC Discovery DP130131566 : Australian Tropical Savanna’s: Past, Present and Future

ARC Linkage LP140100232: Identifying regions of high drought mortality risk for tree species in NSW

Director – Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network Ecosystem Modelling and Scaling Infrastructure (Funded under NCRIS 2015-2016)

Chair of the OzEwex working group: Vegetation Processes.

Associations

Member of the American Geophysical Union

Selected grants

2017

  • ARC Training Centre on Cubesats, UAVs, and Their Applications; Cairns I, Dempster A, Bruce E, Khachan J, Wong K, Hughes R, Aboutanios E, Cetin E, Leon-Saval S, Evans B, Wu X, Murphy R, Held J, Li W, Michaels P, Antoniades A, Chamitoff G, Lawrence J, Carr S, Bongiorno D, Bachmann C, Neudegg D, Barber P, Cocks T; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Industrial Transformation Training Centres (ITTC).
  • ARC Training Centre for Food Safety in the Fresh Produce Industry; McConchie R, Carter D, Bell T, Jones B, Phan-Thien K, Van Ogtrop F, Deaker R, Wilson N, Evans B, Bowman J, Sintchenko V, Walsh M; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Industrial Transformation Training Centres (ITTC).

2016

  • Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network New South Wales (TERN NSW); Evans B, Bishop T, Wardle G; NSW Department of Industry/Research Agreement.
  • Geographic Information Systems for interdisciplinary education and training (Open Learning Environment - Undergraduate); Bruce E, Pritchard W, Odeh I, Evans B, Negin J, Hovorka D, Cairns I, Hiscock P, Stanton K, Fletcher R, Sarkar S; DVC Education/Large Educational Innovation Grant.

2015

  • Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) Project; Evans B; Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST)/National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).

2014

  • Identifying regions of high drought mortality risk for tree species in NSW; Evans B, Medlyn B, Beaumont L, Tissue D, Auld T, Duursma R, Rymer P, Tjoelker M; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).

2013

  • Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network Ecosystem Modelling and Scaling Infrastructure; Evans B; Terrestrial Ecosystem Services Pty Ltd/National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).

2012

  • Aerial deployment of infrared sensors for quantifying feral pig abundance and distribution; Adams P, Evans B; Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (Federal)/Australian Pest Animal Research Program (APARP).
  • ANDS AP28: ecosystem Production in Space and Time (ePiSaT); Evans B, Prentice I; Australian National Data Service/Ecosystem Production in Space and Time Project Funding.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Evans, B. (2015). Land use, land use change and forestry: Asia-Pacific. In Geert Van Calster, Wim Vandenberghe, Leonie Reins (Eds.), Research Handbook on Climate Change Mitigation Law, (pp. 344-358). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. [More Information]

Journals

  • Caddy-Retalic, S., Andersen, A., Aspinwall, M., Breed, M., Byrne, M., Christmas, M., Dong, N., Evans, B., Fordham, D., Guerin, G., Wardle, G., et al (2017). Bioclimatic transect networks: Powerful observatories of ecological change. Ecology and Evolution, 7(13), 4607-4619. [More Information]
  • Whitley, R., Beringer, J., Hutley, L., Abramowitz, G., De Kauwe, M., Evans, B., Haverd, V., Li, L., Moore, C., Ryu, Y., et al (2017). Challenges and opportunities in modelling savanna ecosystems. Biogeosciences, In Review, 1-44. [More Information]
  • Verma, M., Schimel, D., Evans, B., Frankenberg, C., Beringer, J., Drewry, D., Magney, T., Marang, I., Hutley, L., Moore, C., et al (2017). Effect of environmental conditions on the relationship between solar-induced fluorescence and gross primary productivity at an OzFlux grassland site. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 122(3), 716-733. [More Information]
  • Dong, N., Prentice, I., Evans, B., Caddy-Retalic, S., Lowe, A., Wright, I. (2017). Leaf nitrogen from first principles: Field evidence for adaptive variation with climate. Biogeosciences, 14(2), 481-495. [More Information]
  • David, T., Prentice, I., Stocker, B., Thomas, R., Whitley, R., Wang, H., Evans, B., Gallego-Sala, A., Sykes, M. (2017). Simple process-led algorithms for simulating habitats (SPLASH v.1.0): robust indices of radiation, evapotranspiration and plant-available moisture. Geoscientific Model Development, 10(2), 689-708. [More Information]
  • Moore, C., Beringer, J., Evans, B., Hutley, L., Tapper, N. (2017). Tree-grass phenology information improves light use efficiency modelling of gross primary productivity for an Australian tropical savanna. Biogeosciences, 14(1), 111-129. [More Information]
  • Whitley, R., Beringer, J., Hutley, L., Abramowitz, G., De Kauwe, M., Duursma, R., Evans, B., Haverd, V., Li, L., Ryu, Y., et al (2016). A model inter-comparison study to examine limiting factors in modelling Australian tropical savannas. Biogeosciences, 13(11), 3245-3265. [More Information]
  • De Kauwe, M., Lin, Y., Wright, I., Medlyn, B., Crous, K., Ellsworth, D., Vincent, M., Prentice, I., Atkin, O., Rogers, A., Togashi, H., Evans, B., et al (2016). A test of the one-point method for estimating maximum carboxylation capacity from field-measured, light-saturated photosynthesis. New Phytologist, 210(3), 1130-1144. [More Information]
  • Beringer, J., Hutley, L., McHugh, I., Arndt, S., Campbell, D., Cleugh, H., Cleverly, J., Resco de Dios, V., Eamus, D., Evans, B., et al (2016). An introduction to the Australian and New Zealand flux tower network - OzFlux. Biogeosciences, 13(21), 5895-5916. [More Information]
  • van Gorsel, E., Wolf, S., Cleverly, J., Isaac, P., Haverd, V., Ewenz, C., Arndt, S., Beringer, J., Resco de Dios, V., Evans, B., et al (2016). Carbon uptake and water use in woodlands and forests in southern Australia during an extreme heat wave event in the "Angry Summer" of 2012/2013. Biogeosciences, 13(21), 5947-5964. [More Information]
  • Evans, B., Wong, P., Martin, P. (2016). Effect of temperature, osmotic potential and pH on the growth of the turf pathogens Gaeumannomyces wongoonoo and Magnaporthe griffinii. Acta Horticulturae, 1122, 49-54. [More Information]
  • Moore, C., Brown, T., Keenan, T., Duursma, R., Van Dijk, A., Beringer, J., Culvenor, D., Evans, B., Huete, A., Hutley, L., et al (2016). Reviews and syntheses: Australian vegetation phenology: New insights from satellite remote sensing and digital repeat photography. Biogeosciences, 13(17), 5085-5102. [More Information]
  • Moore, C., Beringer, J., Evans, B., Hutley, L., McHugh, I., Tapper, N. (2016). The contribution of trees and grasses to productivity of an Australian tropical savanna. Biogeosciences, 13(8), 2387-2403. [More Information]
  • Broich, M., Huete, A., Paget, M., Ma, X., Tulbure, M., Coupe, N., Evans, B., Beringer, J., Devadas, R., Davies, K., et al (2015). A spatially explicit land surface phenology data product for science monitoring and natural resources management applications. Environmental Modelling and Software, 64, 191-204. [More Information]
  • Beringer, J., Hutley, L., Abramson, D., Arndt, S., Briggs, P., Bristow, M., Canadell, J., Cernusak, L., Eamus, D., Edwards, A., et al (2015). Fire in Australian Savannas: from leaf to landscape. Global Change Biology, 21(1), 62-81. [More Information]
  • Togashi, H., Prentice, I., Evans, B., Forrester, D., Drake, P., Feikema, P., Brooksbank, K., Eamus, D., Taylor, D. (2015). Morphological and moisture availability controls of the leaf area-to-sapwood area ratio: Analysis of measurements on Australian trees. Ecology and Evolution, 5(6), 1263-1270. [More Information]
  • Kala, J., Andrys, J., Lyons, T., Foster, I., Evans, B. (2015). Sensitivity of WRF to driving data and physics options on a seasonal time-scale for the southwest of Western Australia. Climate Dynamics: observational, theoretical and computational research on the climate system, 44(3), 633-659. [More Information]
  • Evans, B., Lyons, T. (2013). Bioclimatic Extremes Drive Forest Mortality in Southwest. Climate, 1(2), 28-52. [More Information]
  • Hutley, L., Evans, B., Beringer, J., Cook, G., Maier, S., Razon, E. (2013). Impacts of an extreme cyclone event on landscape-scale savana fire, productivity and greenhouse gas emissions. Environmental Research Letters, 8(4), 1-12. [More Information]
  • Evans, B., Stone, C., Barber, P. (2013). Linking a decade of forest decline in the south-west of Western Australia to bioclimatic change. Australian Forestry, 76(3-4), 164-172. [More Information]
  • Evans, B., Lyons, T., Barber, P., Stone, C., Hardy, G. (2012). Dieback classification using high resolution digital multispectral imagery. Remote Sensing Letters, 3(6), 541-550. [More Information]
  • Evans, B., Lyons, T., Barber, P., Stone, C., Hardy, G. (2012). Enhancing a eucalypt crown condition indicator driven by high spatial and spectral resolution remote sensing imagery. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, 6(1), 1-15. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Dong, N., Prentice, I., Evans, B., Retalic, S., Lowe, A., Wright, I. (2015). Field Evidence for Optimal Acclimation of Leaf Nitrogen to Environmental Gradients. AGU Fall Meeting 2015, San Francisco: AGU Publications.
  • Wang, H., Prentice, I., Cornwell, W., Keenan, T., Tyler, D., Wright, I., Evans, B., Peng, C. (2015). Towards a universal trait-based model of terrestrial primary production. AGU Fall Meeting 2015, San Francisco: AGU Publications.
  • Evans, B., Lyons, T., Barber, P., Stone, C., Hardy, G. (2011). Detecting Change in Vegetation Condition using High Resolution Digital Multispectral Imagery. 34th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
  • Harper, R., McGrath, J., Smettem, K., McGuire, D., Baker, T., Evans, B. (2011). Drawing lessons for climate change adaptation from recurrent droughts in Australian plantation forests. The National Climate Change Research Strategy for Primary Industries Conference 2011, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Kala, J., Evans, B., Lyons, T., Foster, I. (2011). Dynamical downscaling for the southwest of Western Australia using the WRF modelling system. 19th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM 2011), Perth: Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc (MSSANZ).
  • Ruthrof, K., Calver, M., Evans, B., Hardy, G. (2010). Supplementing resources that mimic ecosystem processes and increase restoration success in degraded Eucalypt woodlands. 2010 Annual Conference of the Ecological Society of Australia, Canberra, ACT, Australia.

2017

  • Caddy-Retalic, S., Andersen, A., Aspinwall, M., Breed, M., Byrne, M., Christmas, M., Dong, N., Evans, B., Fordham, D., Guerin, G., Wardle, G., et al (2017). Bioclimatic transect networks: Powerful observatories of ecological change. Ecology and Evolution, 7(13), 4607-4619. [More Information]
  • Whitley, R., Beringer, J., Hutley, L., Abramowitz, G., De Kauwe, M., Evans, B., Haverd, V., Li, L., Moore, C., Ryu, Y., et al (2017). Challenges and opportunities in modelling savanna ecosystems. Biogeosciences, In Review, 1-44. [More Information]
  • Verma, M., Schimel, D., Evans, B., Frankenberg, C., Beringer, J., Drewry, D., Magney, T., Marang, I., Hutley, L., Moore, C., et al (2017). Effect of environmental conditions on the relationship between solar-induced fluorescence and gross primary productivity at an OzFlux grassland site. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 122(3), 716-733. [More Information]
  • Dong, N., Prentice, I., Evans, B., Caddy-Retalic, S., Lowe, A., Wright, I. (2017). Leaf nitrogen from first principles: Field evidence for adaptive variation with climate. Biogeosciences, 14(2), 481-495. [More Information]
  • David, T., Prentice, I., Stocker, B., Thomas, R., Whitley, R., Wang, H., Evans, B., Gallego-Sala, A., Sykes, M. (2017). Simple process-led algorithms for simulating habitats (SPLASH v.1.0): robust indices of radiation, evapotranspiration and plant-available moisture. Geoscientific Model Development, 10(2), 689-708. [More Information]
  • Moore, C., Beringer, J., Evans, B., Hutley, L., Tapper, N. (2017). Tree-grass phenology information improves light use efficiency modelling of gross primary productivity for an Australian tropical savanna. Biogeosciences, 14(1), 111-129. [More Information]

2016

  • Whitley, R., Beringer, J., Hutley, L., Abramowitz, G., De Kauwe, M., Duursma, R., Evans, B., Haverd, V., Li, L., Ryu, Y., et al (2016). A model inter-comparison study to examine limiting factors in modelling Australian tropical savannas. Biogeosciences, 13(11), 3245-3265. [More Information]
  • De Kauwe, M., Lin, Y., Wright, I., Medlyn, B., Crous, K., Ellsworth, D., Vincent, M., Prentice, I., Atkin, O., Rogers, A., Togashi, H., Evans, B., et al (2016). A test of the one-point method for estimating maximum carboxylation capacity from field-measured, light-saturated photosynthesis. New Phytologist, 210(3), 1130-1144. [More Information]
  • Beringer, J., Hutley, L., McHugh, I., Arndt, S., Campbell, D., Cleugh, H., Cleverly, J., Resco de Dios, V., Eamus, D., Evans, B., et al (2016). An introduction to the Australian and New Zealand flux tower network - OzFlux. Biogeosciences, 13(21), 5895-5916. [More Information]
  • van Gorsel, E., Wolf, S., Cleverly, J., Isaac, P., Haverd, V., Ewenz, C., Arndt, S., Beringer, J., Resco de Dios, V., Evans, B., et al (2016). Carbon uptake and water use in woodlands and forests in southern Australia during an extreme heat wave event in the "Angry Summer" of 2012/2013. Biogeosciences, 13(21), 5947-5964. [More Information]
  • Evans, B., Wong, P., Martin, P. (2016). Effect of temperature, osmotic potential and pH on the growth of the turf pathogens Gaeumannomyces wongoonoo and Magnaporthe griffinii. Acta Horticulturae, 1122, 49-54. [More Information]
  • Moore, C., Brown, T., Keenan, T., Duursma, R., Van Dijk, A., Beringer, J., Culvenor, D., Evans, B., Huete, A., Hutley, L., et al (2016). Reviews and syntheses: Australian vegetation phenology: New insights from satellite remote sensing and digital repeat photography. Biogeosciences, 13(17), 5085-5102. [More Information]
  • Moore, C., Beringer, J., Evans, B., Hutley, L., McHugh, I., Tapper, N. (2016). The contribution of trees and grasses to productivity of an Australian tropical savanna. Biogeosciences, 13(8), 2387-2403. [More Information]

2015

  • Broich, M., Huete, A., Paget, M., Ma, X., Tulbure, M., Coupe, N., Evans, B., Beringer, J., Devadas, R., Davies, K., et al (2015). A spatially explicit land surface phenology data product for science monitoring and natural resources management applications. Environmental Modelling and Software, 64, 191-204. [More Information]
  • Dong, N., Prentice, I., Evans, B., Retalic, S., Lowe, A., Wright, I. (2015). Field Evidence for Optimal Acclimation of Leaf Nitrogen to Environmental Gradients. AGU Fall Meeting 2015, San Francisco: AGU Publications.
  • Beringer, J., Hutley, L., Abramson, D., Arndt, S., Briggs, P., Bristow, M., Canadell, J., Cernusak, L., Eamus, D., Edwards, A., et al (2015). Fire in Australian Savannas: from leaf to landscape. Global Change Biology, 21(1), 62-81. [More Information]
  • Evans, B. (2015). Land use, land use change and forestry: Asia-Pacific. In Geert Van Calster, Wim Vandenberghe, Leonie Reins (Eds.), Research Handbook on Climate Change Mitigation Law, (pp. 344-358). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. [More Information]
  • Togashi, H., Prentice, I., Evans, B., Forrester, D., Drake, P., Feikema, P., Brooksbank, K., Eamus, D., Taylor, D. (2015). Morphological and moisture availability controls of the leaf area-to-sapwood area ratio: Analysis of measurements on Australian trees. Ecology and Evolution, 5(6), 1263-1270. [More Information]
  • Kala, J., Andrys, J., Lyons, T., Foster, I., Evans, B. (2015). Sensitivity of WRF to driving data and physics options on a seasonal time-scale for the southwest of Western Australia. Climate Dynamics: observational, theoretical and computational research on the climate system, 44(3), 633-659. [More Information]
  • Wang, H., Prentice, I., Cornwell, W., Keenan, T., Tyler, D., Wright, I., Evans, B., Peng, C. (2015). Towards a universal trait-based model of terrestrial primary production. AGU Fall Meeting 2015, San Francisco: AGU Publications.

2013

  • Evans, B., Lyons, T. (2013). Bioclimatic Extremes Drive Forest Mortality in Southwest. Climate, 1(2), 28-52. [More Information]
  • Hutley, L., Evans, B., Beringer, J., Cook, G., Maier, S., Razon, E. (2013). Impacts of an extreme cyclone event on landscape-scale savana fire, productivity and greenhouse gas emissions. Environmental Research Letters, 8(4), 1-12. [More Information]
  • Evans, B., Stone, C., Barber, P. (2013). Linking a decade of forest decline in the south-west of Western Australia to bioclimatic change. Australian Forestry, 76(3-4), 164-172. [More Information]

2012

  • Evans, B., Lyons, T., Barber, P., Stone, C., Hardy, G. (2012). Dieback classification using high resolution digital multispectral imagery. Remote Sensing Letters, 3(6), 541-550. [More Information]
  • Evans, B., Lyons, T., Barber, P., Stone, C., Hardy, G. (2012). Enhancing a eucalypt crown condition indicator driven by high spatial and spectral resolution remote sensing imagery. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, 6(1), 1-15. [More Information]

2011

  • Evans, B., Lyons, T., Barber, P., Stone, C., Hardy, G. (2011). Detecting Change in Vegetation Condition using High Resolution Digital Multispectral Imagery. 34th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
  • Harper, R., McGrath, J., Smettem, K., McGuire, D., Baker, T., Evans, B. (2011). Drawing lessons for climate change adaptation from recurrent droughts in Australian plantation forests. The National Climate Change Research Strategy for Primary Industries Conference 2011, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Kala, J., Evans, B., Lyons, T., Foster, I. (2011). Dynamical downscaling for the southwest of Western Australia using the WRF modelling system. 19th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM 2011), Perth: Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc (MSSANZ).

2010

  • Ruthrof, K., Calver, M., Evans, B., Hardy, G. (2010). Supplementing resources that mimic ecosystem processes and increase restoration success in degraded Eucalypt woodlands. 2010 Annual Conference of the Ecological Society of Australia, Canberra, ACT, Australia.

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