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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.

Current Teaching

  • SCI2371 Sustainable Water


  • 2015 – present: Post Doctoral Research Fellow, School of Natural Sciences, 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 - 2020,  $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

  • 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.
  • 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.

Journal Articles

  • Hamilton, S., Elsawah, S., Guillaume, J., Jakeman, A., Pierce, S., (2015), Integrated assessment and modelling: overview and synthesis of salient dimensions. Environmental Modelling and Software, 64(February 01), 215-229, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2014.12.005.
  • Hamilton, S., Pollino, CA., Jakeman, AJ., (2015), Habitat suitability modelling of rare species using Bayesian networks: Model evaluation under limited data. Ecological Modelling, 299(1), 64–78, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2014.12.004.
  • Kelly, R., Jakeman, A., Barreteau, O., Borsuk, M., Elsawah, S., Hamilton, S., Henriksen, HJ., Kuikka, S., Maier, H., Rizzoli, A., Van Delden, H., Voinov, A., (2013), Selecting among five common modelling approaches for integrated environmental assessment and management. Environmental Modelling and Software, 47(September 2013), 159-181, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2013.05.005.
  • Bennett, N., Croke, B., Guariso, G., Guillaume, J., Hamilton, S., Jakeman, A., Marsili-Libelli, S., Newham, L., Norton, J., Perrin, C., Pierce, S., Robson, B., Seppelt, R., Voinov, A., Fath, B., Andreassian, V., (2013), Characterising performance of environmental models. Environmental Modelling and Software, 40(February 2013), 1-20, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2012.09.011.
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