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.