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Dr Kathryn Reardon-Smith

Name Kathryn Reardon-Smith
Position Research Fellow (Integrated Climate Risk Solutions)
Section Centre for Applied Climate Sciences (Research)
Office TA225
Location Toowoomba Campus
Phone +61 7 4631 2380
Extension 2380
Qualifications 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) Expert Team (ET4.2) on Communication and User Interface for Agriculture, within the Commission for Agricultural Meteorology (CAgM).

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 )
  • Environmental Management ( 410400 )
  • Environmental Sciences ( 410000 )
  • Crop And Pasture Production not elsewhere classified ( 300499 )
  • Agriculture ( 300299 )

Research interests
Floodplain woodland ecosystems
Natural resource management
Climate risk management

Professional memberships
Ecological Society of Australia
Australian Floodplain Association
Wildlife Queensland

USQ Research affiliations

  • Institute for Agriculture and the Environment (IAgE)
  • International Centre for Applied Climate Sciences (ICACS)

Currently teaching courses/programs
AGR2301 Agricultural Science
ENV2201 Land Studies
REN2200 Ecology for Sustainability
REN3301 Biodiversity and Conservation

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
25 Years

Research most recent
Le Brocque, A.F., Kath, J. and Reardon-Smith, K. (2018). Chronic groundwater decline: a multi-decadal analysis of groundwater trends under extreme climate cycles. Journal of Hydrology 561, 976–986.

Nguyen-Ky, T., Mushtaq, S., Loch, A., Reardon-Smith, K., An-Vo, D.-A., Ngo-Cong, D. and Tran-Cong, T. (2017). Predicting water allocation trade prices using a hybrid artificial neural network-Bayesian modelling approach. Journal of Hydrology (11 pp.).

Pandey, S.S., Maraseni, T.N., Reardon-Smith, K. and Cockfield, G. (2017). Analysing foregone costs of communities and carbon benefits in small scale community based forestry practice in Nepal. Land Use Policy 69, 160–166.

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.

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.

Publications in ePrints

Maraseni, Tek and An-Vo, Duc-AnhORCID: and Mushtaq, Shahbaz and Reardon-Smith, Kate (2021) Carbon smart agriculture: An integrated regional approach offers significant potential to increase profit and resource use efficiency, and reduce emissions. Journal of Cleaner Production, 282:124555. pp. 1-14. ISSN 0959-6526

Kichamu-Wachira, Edith and Xu, Zhihong and Reardon-Smith, Kathryn and Biggs, Duan and Wachira, Geoffrey and Omidvar, Negar (2021) Effects of climate-smart agricultural practices on crop yields, soil carbon, and nitrogen pools in Africa: a meta-analysis. Journal of Soils and Sediments, 21 (4). pp. 1587-1597. ISSN 1439-0108

Mushtaq, Shahbaz and Kath, JarrodORCID: and Stone, Roger and Henry, Ross and Laderach, Peter and Reardon-Smith, Kathryn and Cobon, David and Marcussen, Torben and Cliffe, Neil and Kristiansen, Paul and Pischke, Frederik (2020) Creating positive synergies between risk management and transfer to accelerate food system climate resilience. Climatic Change, 161 (3). pp. 465-478. ISSN 0165-0009

Mai, Thanh and Mushtaq, Shahbaz and Reardon-Smith, Kate and Webb, Paul and Stone, Roger and Kath, JarrodORCID: (2020) Defining flood risk management strategies: a systems approach. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 47:101550.

Pham, Yen ORCID: and Reardon-Smith, Kathryn and Mushtaq, Shahbaz and Kotir, Julius (2020) Feedback modelling of the impacts of drought on coffee production in Vietnam. In: 3rd Asia Pacific System Dynamics Conference, 2-4 Feb 2020, Brisbane, Australia.

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Approved research supervisor in the area of:

  • Crop and Pasture Production not elsewhere classified ( 070399 )
  • Agriculture, Land and Farm Management not elsewhere classified ( 070199 )
  • Environmental Management ( 410400 )
  • Environmental Sciences ( 410000 )
  • Crop And Pasture Production not elsewhere classified ( 300499 )
  • Agriculture ( 300299 )

Research topics