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Dr Kathryn Reardon-Smith

Name Kathryn Reardon-Smith
Position Senior Lecturer
Section School of Agriculture and Environmental Science
Office T320
Location Toowoomba Campus
Phone +61 7 4631 2380
Extension 2380
Email
Qualifications BNaturalR(Hons) UNE , MSc Deakin , PhD USQ

Kate is a Research Fellow at the University of Southern Queensland¿s Centre for Applied Climate Sciences. She has over 20 years of professional and community experience as an ecologist and environmental scientist, spanning a range of fields including agro-ecology, climate risk management and sustainable land and water management systems. Currently working on both the Northern Australia Climate Program and De-Risk Southeast Asia projects, she conducts cross-disciplinary research which integrates climate modelling, agricultural production systems, ecology, spatial modelling and environmental policy to support improved decision making and sustainable natural resource management. She is a current member of the World Meteorological (WMO) Standing Committee on Services for Agriculture (SERCOM) Expert Team on Agromet Services (ET-AAS)

Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Crop and Pasture Production not elsewhere classified ( 070399 )
  • Agriculture, Land and Farm Management not elsewhere classified ( 070199 )
  • Environmental Science and Management ( 050200 )
  • Agriculture ( 300200 )
  • Environmental Management ( 410400 )
  • Ecological Applications ( 410200 )
  • Ecosystem Function ( 410203 )
  • Conservation And Biodiversity ( 410401 )
  • Agricultural Systems Analysis And Modelling ( 300207 )

Research interests
Agro-ecosystems
Floodplain woodland ecosystems
Natural resource management
Climate risk management

Professional memberships
Ecological Society of Australia
Australian Floodplain Association
Wildlife Queensland

Currently teaching courses/programs
ENV2201 Land Studies
REN2201 Ecological Methods

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
25 Years

Administrative responsibilities
Program Director, Bachelor of Environmental Studies

Research most recent
Ghahramani, A., Bennett, J.McL., Ali, A., Reardon-Smith, K., Dale, G., Roberton, S.D. and Raine, S.R. (2021). A risk-based approach to mine-site rehabilitation: Use of Bayesian belief networks to optimise management of dispersive soil and spoil. Sustainability 13(20), 11267. https://doi.org/10.3390/su132011267

Cobon, D., Jarvis, C., Reardon-Smith, K., Guillory, L., Pudmenzky, C., Nguyen, T., Mushtaq, S. and Stone, R. (2021). Northern Australia Climate Program – Supporting adaptation in rangeland grazing systems through more targeted climate forecasts, improved drought information and an innovative extension program. The Rangeland Journal RJ20074. https://www.publish.csiro.au/RJ/justaccepted/RJ20074

Pham, Y.H., Reardon-Smith, K. and Deo, R.C. (2021). Evaluating drought management strategies: Application of system dynamics modelling for sustainable crop production. Journal of Environmental Management 292, 112790. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2021.112790


Research most notable
Kath, J., Powell, S., Reardon-Smith, K., Elsawah, S., Jakeman, A.J., Croke, B.F.W. and Dyer, F. (2015). Groundwater salinization intensifies drought impacts in forests and reduces refuge capacity. Journal of Applied Ecology 52(5), 1116–1125. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12495.

Moles, A.T., Wallis, I.R., Foley, W.J., Warton, D.I., Stegen, J.C., Bisigato, A.J., Cella-Pizarro, L., Clark, C.J., Cohen, P.S., Cornwell, W.K., Edwards, W., Ejrnaes, R., Gonzales-Ojeda, T., Graae, B.J., Hay, G., Lumbwe, F.C., Magana-Rodriguez, B., Moore, B.D., Peri, P.L., Poulsen, J.R., Veldtman, R., von Zeipel, H., Andrew, N.R., Boulter, S.L., Borer, E.T., Campon, F.F., Coll, M., Farji-Brener, A.G., de Gabriel, J., Jurado, E., Kyhn, L.A., Low, B., Mulder, C.P.H., Reardon-Smith, K., Rodriguez-Velazquez, J., Seabloom, E.W., Vesk, P.A., van Cauter, A., Waldram, M.S., Zheng, Z., Blendinger, P.G., Enquist, B.J., Facelli, J.M., Knight, T., Majer, J.D., Martinez-Ramos, M., McQuillan, P. & Prior, L.D. (2011) Putting plant resistance traits on the map: a test of the idea that plants are better defended at lower latitudes. New Phytologist 191(3), 778-788. http://eprints.usq.edu.au/20298/

Attwood, S.J., Park, S.E., Maron, M., Collard, S.J., Robinson, D., Reardon-Smith, K.M. & Cockfield, G. (2009) Declining birds in Australian agricultural landscapes may benefit from aspects of the European agri-environment model. Biological Conservation 142 (10), 1981-1991. http://eprints.usq.edu.au/6127/


Publications in ePrints

Reardon-Smith, K. and Mushtaq, Shahbaz and Scobie, M.ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6874-9593 and Eberhard, J. and Maraseni, T. N.ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9361-1983 (2022) Efficient water management and irrigation on farms. In: Energy-smart farming: efficiency, renewable energy and sustainability. Burleigh Dodds Series in Agricultural Science. Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, United Kingdom, pp. 165-200. ISBN 9781786768353

Reardon-Smith, Kate and An-Vo, Duc-AnhORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7528-7139 (2022) The value of seasonal climate forecasting in agricultural decision-making. In: African Technical Workshop on Crop Models and coupling with Numerical Weather and Seasonal to Sub-seasonal Forecasts, 13-15 June 2022, Niamey, Niger.

An-Vo, Duc-Anh ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7528-7139 and Radanielson, Ando Mariot and Mushtaq, Shahbaz and Reardon-Smith, Kate and Hewitt, ChrisORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4718-4009 (2021) A framework for assessing the value of seasonal climate forecasting in key agricultural decisions. Climate Services, 22:100234. pp. 1-14. ISSN 2405-8807

Ghahramani, Afshin ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9648-4606 and Bennett, John McLean and Ali, AramORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2986-9220 and Reardon-Smith, Kathryn and Dale, Glenn and Roberton, Stirling D. and Raine, Steven (2021) A risk-based approach to mine-site rehabilitation: use of Bayesian Belief Network Modelling to manage dispersive soil and spoil. Sustainability, 13 (20):11267. pp. 1-23.

Reardon-Smith, Kate and McCartney, Matthew and Rebelo, Lisa-Maria (2021) Are water markets a viable proposition in the Lower Mekong Basin? In: Water markets: a global assessment. Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, Cheltenham, United Kingdom, pp. 91-111. ISBN 978-1-78897-692-3

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Research supervisor in the area of:

  • Crop and Pasture Production not elsewhere classified ( 070399 )
  • Agriculture, Land and Farm Management not elsewhere classified ( 070199 )
  • Agriculture ( 300200 )
  • Environmental Management ( 410400 )
  • Ecological Applications ( 410200 )
  • Ecosystem Function ( 410203 )
  • Conservation And Biodiversity ( 410401 )
  • Agricultural Systems Analysis And Modelling ( 300207 )


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