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Associate Professor Grant Hamilton
Associate Professor in Ecology
Faculty of Science,
School of Biology & Environmental Science
Discipline *
Environmental Science and Management, Ecological Applications, Agriculture, Land and Farm Management
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Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Ecological Society of Australia
  • Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand

Detection and Surveillance, agriculture, pests and diseases, crops, Spatial analytics, ecology, statistical modelling, Invasive Species, feral cats, foxes, wild dogs, goats, pigs, weeds, fungal pathogens, Panama disease, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, RPAS, drones, UAVs and wildlife detection, UAVs and feral species, Thermal Imaging, high resolution imaging, artificial intelligence automated recognition of wildlife, Conservation Ecology, Conservation science, Ecological Analytics, Koalas, habitat, koala ecology, Agroecosystems, Pest and invasive species eradication

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Ecology and Environmental Science: The smart use of leading edge technology for efficient and accurate wildlife monitoring

Research area: Conservation using drones, artificial intelligence and advanced analytics

Developing detection and aerial survey of animals of conservation concern using drones, detection of weeds, pests and invasives.

Projects include: Automated detection of koalas in complex environments – we have developed a leading edge methodology for the detection and abundance estimation of koalas.

Automated detection of feral species, including deer

Automated detection of weeds

Improving surveillance design for wildlife and pests

Areas of expertise:

  • Conservation
  • Detection and abundance estimation using drones and AI
  • Biological Invasions
  • Ecological Statistics
  • Ecological modelling.

Recent grants:

  • 2020: Analysis of post bushfire koala populations on Kangaroo Island. Department for Environment and Water, South Austrlia
  • 2018-2019. Landscape level abundance estimation and vegetation assessment- koalas. Gympie Regional Council
  • 2019-2021. Deer detection with AI. Department of Environment and Science, Queensland
  • 2017-2018. Horizon scan for new technologies/ industries. AgriFutures Australia.
  •  2017-2019. Developing an Accurate and Cost Effective Koala Abundance Estimation Methodology Using UAVs. Department of Environment and Science, Queensland
  • Detecting opportunities and challenges for Australian agricultural and Rural Industries. AgriFutures Australia.
  • 2014-2018. Decision Making for eradiaction and quarantine zones. Plant Biosecurity CRC
  • 2014-2017. Optimizing surveillance protocols using UAVs. Plant Biosecurity CRC
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Grant Hamilton.


BVB202: Quantitative methods and Experimental Design – unit coordinator and principal lecturer

BVB321: Invasion Ecology – unit coordinator and principal lecturer

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Grant Hamilton.


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Agri-Intelligence in Cotton Production Systems - Stage 1
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Agriculture Cybernetics;Digital Agriculture;In-Farm Decision Support Systems;Management of Inputs in Agriculture;Value Chain of Cotton Crops


  • Evangeline Corcoran Awarded High Achiever Award June 2020

  • Evangeline Corcoran awarded Woman to Watch in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems for InnovationInterDrone Conference: 2019

Current supervisions

  • Monitoring and Modelling Vulnerable Wildlife Populations Using Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems and Machine Learning
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Simon Denman
  • Machine Learning for the Automated Detection of Deer in Drone and Camera Trap Imagery
    MPhil, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Simon Denman

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)

Completed supervisions (Masters by Research)