Dr Iris Hao

Postdoctoral Research Associate


G36 SSCI South (Bldg 26) School of Science, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, PO Box 7916, Canberra BC ACT 2610, AUSTRALIA


Dr Zhenhua (Iris) Hao is a Postdoctoral Research Associate and holds a PhD in Physics from UNSW Canberra. Her PhD thesis concentrated on the study of characteristics of migratory locusts and moths in Australia, by combining radar observations with meteorological simulations and setting up mathematical models.

Iris is working now on an European Research Council funded project Hunting for the exclusive “sixth” sense: navigation and magnetic sensation in a nocturnal migratory moth. In this project, she focuses on the flight characteristics of long distance migration in bogong moths.

Iris also works on an ARC Linkage project Using decision theory, models and structured decision making to improve the management of invasive willows in alpine Victoria. Particularly, she is working on mesoscale modelling of willow seed dispersion in this project.

Journal articles

Hao Z; Drake VA; Taylor JR, 2019, 'Resolving the heading-direction ambiguity in vertical-beam radar observations of migrating insects', Ecology and Evolution, vol. 9, pp. 6003 - 6013, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ece3.5184

Hao Z; Drake VA; Sidhu L; Taylor JR, 2017, 'Locust displacing winds in eastern Australia reassessed with observations from an insect monitoring radar', International Journal of Biometeorology, vol. 61, pp. 2073 - 2084, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00484-017-1404-3

Hao Z; Drake A; Sidhu L; Taylor JR, 2014, 'Investigating wind effects on insect migration', ANZIAM Journal, vol. 56, pp. 399 - 415, http://dx.doi.org/10.21914/anziamj.v56i0.9349

Theses / Dissertations

Hao Z, 2016, Testing ideas about Australian insect migration using entomological radar observations and a regional scale meteorological model, thesis, UNSW, UNSW Canberra

Conference Abstracts

Drake VA; Hao Z, Observing migrating insects with small special-purpose radars