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Dr Serena Hamilton

Serena is a research fellow in the area of water resources management and environmental modelling. Her research has focussed on integrated assessment and modelling for improving understanding of system linkages and management of environmental resources and assets.


  • 2015 – present: Post Doctoral Research Fellow, School of Science, ECU
  • 2014-2015: Joint ANU-ECU Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Fenner School of Environment & Society, ANU, and Centre for Planning, ECU
  • 2012-2014: National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT), ANU
  • 2006-2012: Research Assistant, Integrated Catchment Assessment and Management Centre (iCAM), ANU

Professional Associations

  • The International Environmental Modelling & Software Society
  • The Integrated Assessment Society

Awards and Recognition

National and International Awards

  • 2016: Early Career Research Excellence award from the International Environmental Modelling & Software Society
  • 2014: Outstanding Reviewer award for Environmental Modelling and Software
  • 2010: Student travel stipend to attend the Fifth Biennial Meeting of the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society, Ottawa, Canada for paper ‘Bayesian networks for modelling habitat suitability of an endangered species’
  • 2010: Commendation for presentation ‘Guidelines for Good Practice in Bayesian Network Modelling’, Fifth Biennial Meeting of the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society, Ottawa, Canada
  • 2008: Most Successful Paper Award from Mathematics and Computers in Simulation for ‘Artificial Intelligence techniques: an introduction to their use for modelling environmental systems’


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The Australian National University, 2013.
  • Bachelor of Science, The University of Western Australia, 2005.
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Western Australia, 2005.


Recent Research Grants

  • Promoting socially inclusive and sustainable agricultural intensification in West Bengal and Bangladesh,  Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research,  R&D Programs Grant,  2016 - 2021,  $252,059.
  • Strengthening the science-policy interface in groundwater management: Assessing the uptake of models to support decision making ,  Edith Cowan University,  Edith Cowan University, School of Science Collaborative Research Grant Scheme, 2016 – 2017,  2016 - 2017,  $9,837.
  • Implications of planned land use growth on water demand in the Perth region to 2030/50 ,  Water Corporation,  Grant,  2015,  $80,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Hamilton, S., Powell, SJ., Norton, JP., Jakeman, AJ., (2019), Ecological models: Model development and analysis. Encyclopedia of Ecology, 74-82, online, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.11118-2.
  • Pollino, C., Hamilton, S., Fu, B., Jakeman, A., (2018), Theory and application of integrated approaches within water resource planning and management in Australia. Decision Making in Water Resources Policy and Management: An Australian Perspective, 205-217, United Kingdom, Academic Press.
  • Barreteau, O., Caballero, Y., Hamilton, S., Jakeman, AJ., Rinaudo, J., (2016), Disentangling the complexity of groundwater dependent social-ecological systems. Integrated Groundwater Management: Concepts, Approaches and Challenges, 49-74, Switzerland, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-23576-9_3.
  • Jakeman, AJ., Barreteau, O., Hunt, RJ., Rinaudo, J., Ross, A., Arshad, M., Hamilton, S., (2016), Integrated groundwater management: an overview of concepts and challenges. Integrated Groundwater Management: Concepts, Approaches and Challenges, 3-20, Switzerland, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-23576-9_1.

Journal Articles

  • Badham, J., Elsawah, S., Guillaume, J., Hamilton, S., Hunt, R., Jakeman, A., Pierce, S., Snow, V., Babbar-Sebens, M., Fu, B., Gober, P., Hill, M., Iwanaga, T., Loucks, D., Merritt, W., Peckham, S., Richmond, A., Zare, F., Ames, D., Bammer, G., (2019), Effective modeling for Integrated Water Resource Management: A guide to contextual practices by phases and steps and future opportunities. Environmental Modelling and Software, 116(June 2019), 40-56, DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2019.02.013.
  • Hamilton, S., Fu, B., Guillaume, J., Badham, J., Elsawah, S., Gober, P., Hunt, R., Iwanaga, T., Jakeman, A., Ames, D., Curtis, A., Hill, M., Pierce, S., Zare, F., (2019), A framework for characterising and evaluating the effectiveness of environmental modelling. Environmental Modelling and Software, 118(August 2019), 83-98, DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2019.04.008.
  • Gibert, K., Izquierdo, J., Sànchez-Marrè, M., Hamilton, S., Rodríguez-Roda, I., Holmes, G., (2018), Which method to use? An assessment of data mining methods in Environmental Data Science. Environmental Modelling and Software, 110(December 2018), 3-27, Elsevier Ltd, DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2018.09.021.
  • Elsawah, S., Pierce, S., Hamilton, S., Van Delden, H., Haase, D., Elmahdi, A., Jakeman, A., (2017), An overview of the system dynamics process for integrated modelling of socio-ecological systems: Lessons on good modelling practice from five case studies. Environmental Modelling and Software, 93(2017), 127-145, DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2017.03.001.
  • Hamilton, S., Pollino, C., Walker, K., (2017), Regionalisation of freshwater fish assemblages in the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia. Marine and Freshwater Research, 68(4), 629-649, Australia, CSIRO Publishing, DOI: 10.1071/MF15359.

Conference Publications

  • Pollino, C., Stratford, D., Hamilton, S., Barbour, E., (2017), Proposed guidance for developing ecohydrological models. 22nd International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, 901-907.
  • Hamilton, S., Merritt, W., Carter, L., Lim-Camacho, L., Nidumolu, U., Cosijn, M., Mishra, R., Dash, M., Roth, C., (2017), Developing a common language for transdisciplinary modelling teams using a generic conceptual framework. MODSIM2017, 22nd International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, 1447-1453, Online, MODSIM.
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