Dr David Paull

+61 2 5114 5045
+61 2 6268 8017


Room 331 PEMS North (Bldg 22) School of Physical, Environmental and Mathematical Sciences, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, PO Box 7916, Canberra BC ACT 2610, AUSTRALIA


Dr David Paull

Senior Lecturer

MA Adel., PhD UNSW

Dr David Paull is a Senior Lecturer in Geography in the School of Physical, Environmental and Mathematical Sciences (PEMS). His research interests range from Biogeography, Wildlife Ecology and Geomorphology through to Remote Sensing and GIS.

Dr Paull has taught Conservation Biogeography, Geographic Information Analysis, Applications in GIS and RS, Global Environmental ChangeGeographies of Contemporary Australia, Ecological Systems, Resource ManagementIntroduction to Digital Image Processing, and Geography Honours. He currently teaches Geography 1A and Ecological Biogeography.

He is actively involved in research on threatened species with a particular focus on medium-sized ground-dwelling mammals.

  • Monitoring the response of critical weight range mammal populations to feral predator control (David Paull, Andrew Claridge)

Other current and recent research projects include monitoring environmental impacts and geomorphic processes using remote-sensing and GIS.

  • DAMASCAS: Defence Automated Monitoring And Survey using Cameras And Sound. Defence Support Group (Dustin Welbourne, David Paull, Andrew Claridge, Fred Ford)
  • Development of sustainability monitoring of the Cultana Defence Training Area with remote sensing (Xiuping Jia, David Paull, Xiao Wang)
  • Stream-bank erosion in Kosciuszko National Park: Measuring and monitoring the trampling impacts of feral horses (David Paull)
  • Real-time structure-from-motion for environmental monitoring of defence lands using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) (Matthew Garratt, David Paull, Xiuping Jia, Andrew Lambert)

Dr Paull has supervised many outstanding Higher Degree Research students. He always welcomes expressions of interest from suitably qualified applicants who are interested in undertaking investigations in his major research areas. Please make contact by email and send a detailed CV along with academic transcripts. The most impressive students include plans for a chosen research topic along with a review of relevant literature that identifies key knowledge gaps.

Scholarships of $35,000 (AUD) are available for PhD students who achieved H1/High Distinction in their UG program and/or have completed a Masters by Research. If you are interested, contact me at dpaull@adfa.edu.au

Currrent and Previous Postgraduate and Honours Students

  • Md Ashraful Islam ‘Himel’ (PhD, UNSW, 2017-). Assessing contemporary community disaster resilience in a coastal region of Bangladesh.
  • Sanzida Murshed (MSc, UNSW, 2017-). An appraisal of risk management capacity at the local level for climate change-induced natural disasters: A case study from the coastal area of Bangladesh.
  • Yiqing Guo (PhD, UNSW, 2015-). Synergy of satellite optical and SAR multitemporal data for rice mapping.
  • Van Anh Le (PhD, UNSW, 2015-). Estimating tropical forest above-ground biomass at the local scale using multi-source space-borne remote sensing data: A case study of Daklak Province, Vietnam.
  • Dyah Retno Panuju (PhD, UNSW, 2015-). Trajectory analysis of land cover change in tropical forest fringes by using seasonal time series analysis of remote sensing indices.
  • Bambang Hendro Trisasongko (PhD, UNSW, 2015-). Site quality estimation for rubber plantations based on synthetic aperture radar data
  • Zhixin Cheng (MPhil, UNSW 2014-2015). Application of the geostationary ocean color imager (GOCI) to mapping the seasonal and diurnal variability of surface suspended matter in a macro-tidal estuary.
  • Dustin Welbourne (PhD, UNSW, 2012-2016). On camera trapping squamates.
  • Steve Hobbs (PhD, UNSW, 2014) The formation and evolution of gullies on Mars and Earth: A complex interplay between multiple agent processes.
  • Jeffery Thompson (PhD, UNSW, 2013) A remote sensing exploration of land surface phenology in the Australian Alps.
  • Haijing Shi (PhD, UNSW, 2013) Thermal properties of alpine boulder field habitats: The potential to provide refuge for the endangered mountain pygmy-possum (Burramys parvus).
  • Jasmin Packer (PhD, Adel, 2013) Invasive alien plants increase richness and persistence of native mammals in novel ecosystems.
  • Vijai Joseph (PhD, UNSW, 2012) Vulnerability to sea level rise of coastal communities in central Java: Developing a systems approach and perspective.
  • Wen Wu (PhD, UNSW, 2012) Evaluating the Australian Defence Force Environmental Management System: A case study of Shoalwater Bay Training Area, Queensland.
  • Jin Cui (MSc, UNSW, 2011) Classifying urban green space distribution: Analyzing spatial relationships in human and nature interactions by integrating remote sensing and socioeconomic data.
  • Dylan Horne (PhD, UNSW, 2011) The development of the Princess Charlotte Bay chenier plain.
  • Dustin Welbourne (BSc Hons, UNSW, 2011) Australia's susceptibility to establishment by non-indigenous reptile species: a predictive modelling approach.
  • Takeshi Kawakami (PhD, UNSW, 2008) Systematics, phylogeography, and speciation of the morabine grasshopper (genusVandiemenella) in south-eastern Australia.
  • Bambang Trisasongko (MSc, UNSW, 2008) Monitoring a mine-influenced environment in Indonesia through radar polarimetry.
  • James Dawson (MSc, UNSW, 2005) Impact of wildfire on the spotted-tailed quoll Dasyurus maculatus in Kosciuszko National Park.
  • Michael Rees (PhD, UNSW, 2004) A multi-scale assessment of the distribution, habitat and conservation requirements of the yellow-bellied glider (Petaurus australis).
  • Tim Robinson (BSc Hons, UNSW, 2004) Assessing the role of off-park habitat in the conservation of the Glossy Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhyncus lathami).
  • Phil Parkes (BSc Hons, UNSW, 2003) The application of Geographic Information Systems for locating wind energy sites for defence establishments in south-eastern New South Wales.
  • Lisa Bush (BSc Hons, UNSW, 2001) Time, space and causality: Gully erosion in Milburn Creek catchment, central western NSW.
  • James Watson (BSc Hons, UNSW, 1999) Some patchy principles: An assessment of the focal species approach for woodland avifauna within the northern ACT and surrounding areas of NSW.
  • Kristin Devlin (BSc Hons, UNSW, 1999) Conserving native fauna in urban reserves: A spatial analysis of small mammal habitat using GIS.
  • Michael Rees (BSc Hons, UNSW, 1997) Habitat suitability mapping for the southern brown bandicoot (Isoodon obesulus) in south-western Victoria.
  • Philippa Chapman (BSc Hons, ANU, 1995) Mycophagous mammals of Ben Boyd National Park: Distribution and abundance of diggings.
  • Roger Grose (BSc Hons, UNSW, 1994) The distribution of reptiles in the ACT: A GIS approach.

Recent Grants

  • Paull, D. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to Measure and Monitor Streambank Impacts of Wild Horses in the Australian Alps. Australian Alps Liaison Committee, Cooperative Management Program 2016-2018: $54,000*
  • Garratt, M.A., Paull, D., Jia, X., and Lambert, A.J. Real-time structure-from-motion for environmental monitoring of defence lands using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). UNSW Canberra Defence-related Research Funding Scheme, 2014: $18,000.
  • Paull, D.J. Stream-bank erosion in Kosciuszko National Park: Measuring and monitoring the trampling impacts of feral horses. UNSW Canberra Special Research Grant, 2013: $6,800.
  • Jia, X., Wang, X.H. and Paull, D.J. Development of sustainability monitoring of the Cultana Defence Training Area with remote sensing. UNSW Canberra Defence-related Research Funding Scheme, 2012: $17,915.
  • Paull, D. DAMASCAS: Defence Automated Monitoring And Survey using Cameras And Sound. Defence Support Group, 2012: $75,000.


Paull DJ, 1999, A survey of the distribution and abundance of the Southern Brown Bandicoot in the south east of South Australia, Original, School of Geography and Oceanography, University C, Canberra

Book Chapters

Claridge A; Paull DJ, 2014, 'How long is a piece of string? Camera trapping methodology is question dependent', in Meek P; Flemming P; Ballard G; Banks P; Claridge A; Sanderson J; Swann D (ed.), Camera Trapping: Wildlife Management and Research, CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Victoria, pp. 205 - 214, http://www.publish.csiro.au/pid/7150.htm

Claridge AW; Trappe JM; Paull DJ, 2013, 'Ecology and Distribution of Desert Truffles in the Australian Outback', in Kagan-Zur V; Roth-Bejerano N; Sitrit Y; Morte A (ed.), Desert Truffles, edn. Soil Biology, Springer, pp. 203 - 214

Paull DJ, 2008, 'Order Peramelemorphia', in Van Dyck S; Strahan R (ed.), The Mammals of Australia, edn. 3rd, Reed New Holland, Australia, pp. 169 - 191

Journal articles

Islam MA; Paull DJ; Griffin AL; Murshed S, 2020, 'Assessing ecosystem resilience to a tropical cyclone based on ecosystem service supply proficiency using geospatial techniques and social responses in coastal Bangladesh', International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, vol. 49, pp. 101667 - 101667, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2020.101667

Trisasongko BH; Paull DJ, 2020, 'L-band SAR for estimating aboveground biomass of rubber plantation in Java Island, Indonesia', Geocarto International, vol. 35, pp. 1327 - 1342, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10106049.2019.1573855

Panuju DR; Paull DJ; Griffin AL, 2020, 'Change detection techniques based on multispectral images for investigating land cover dynamics', Remote Sensing, vol. 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/rs12111781

Hobbs SW; Paull DJ; Haythorpe J; McDougall T, 2020, 'Developing a spectral pipeline using open source software and low-cost hardware for material identification', International Journal of Remote Sensing, vol. 41, pp. 2517 - 2543, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01431161.2019.1693075

Trisasongko BH; Paull D, 2020, 'A review of remote sensing applications in tropical forestry with a particular emphasis in the plantation sector', Geocarto International, vol. 35, pp. 317 - 339, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10106049.2018.1516245

Panuju DR; J. Paull D; Griffin AL, 2020, 'Spatio-temporal quality distribution of MODIS vegetation collections 5 and 6: implications for forest-non-forest separability', International Journal of Remote Sensing, vol. 41, pp. 373 - 397, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01431161.2019.1641758

Welbourne DJ; Claridge AW; Paull DJ; Ford F, 2020, 'Camera-traps are a cost-effective method for surveying terrestrial squamates: A comparison with artificial refuges and pitfall traps', PLoS ONE, vol. 15, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0226913

Claridge AW; Paull DJ; Welbourne DJ, 2019, 'Elucidating patterns in the occurrence of threatened ground-dwelling marsupials using camera-traps', Animals, vol. 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ani9110913

Guo Y; Jia X; Paull D; Benediktsson JA, 2019, 'Nomination-favoured opinion pool for optical-SAR-synergistic rice mapping in face of weakened flooding signals', ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, vol. 155, pp. 187 - 205, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.isprsjprs.2019.07.008

H. Trisasongko B; J. Paull D; Griffin AL; Jia X; Panuju DR, 2019, 'On the relationship between the circumference of rubber trees and L-band waves', International Journal of Remote Sensing, vol. 40, pp. 6395 - 6417, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01431161.2019.1591650

Welbourne DJ; Claridge AW; Paull DJ; Ford F, 2019, 'Improving terrestrial squamate surveys with camera-trap programming and hardware modifications', Animals, vol. 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ani9060388

Hobbs SW; Paull DJ; McDougall T, 2019, 'Evaluating low-cost spectrometer designs for utility in reflectance and transmittance applications', International Journal of Remote Sensing, vol. 40, pp. 642 - 669, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01431161.2018.1516315

Driscoll DA; Worboys GL; Allan H; Banks SC; Beeton NJ; Cherubin RC; Doherty TS; Finlayson CM; Green K; Hartley R; Hope G; Johnson CN; Lintermans M; Mackey B; Paull DJ; Pittock J; Porfirio LL; Ritchie EG; Sato CF; Scheele BC; Slattery DA; Venn S; Watson D; Watson M; Williams RM, 2019, 'Impacts of feral horses in the Australian Alps and evidence-based solutions', Ecological Management and Restoration, vol. 20, pp. 63 - 72, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/emr.12357

Panuju DR; Paull DJ; Trisasongko BH, 2019, 'Combining binary and post-classification change analysis of augmented ALOS backscatter for identifying subtle land cover changes', Remote Sensing, vol. 11, pp. Article number 100 - Article number 100, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/rs11010100

Hobbs SW; Paull DJ; Clarke JDA, 2018, 'Testing ground-based robotics as remote-sensing platforms for structure from motion – implications for planetary science', International Journal of Remote Sensing, vol. 39, pp. 5770 - 5793, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01431161.2017.1395975

Le AV; Paull DJ; Griffin AL, 2018, 'Exploring the inclusion of small regenerating trees to improve above-ground forest biomass estimation using geospatial data', Remote Sensing, vol. 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/rs10091446

Guo Y; Jia X; Paull D, 2018, 'Effective sequential classifier training for SVM-based multitemporal remote sensing image classification', IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, vol. 27, pp. 3036 - 3048, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TIP.2018.2808767

Hobbs SW; Paull DJ; Clarke JDA, 2017, 'Testing the water hypothesis: Quantitative morphological analysis of terrestrial and martian mid-latitude gullies', Geomorphology, vol. 295, pp. 705 - 721, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2017.08.021

Thompson JA; Paull DJ, 2017, 'Assessing spatial and temporal patterns in land surface phenology for the Australian Alps (2000–2014)', Remote Sensing of Environment, vol. 199, pp. 1 - 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2017.06.032

Welbourne DJ; Paull DJ; Claridge AW; Ford F, 2017, 'A frontier in the use of camera traps: surveying terrestrial squamate assemblages', Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation, vol. 3, pp. 133 - 145, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/rse2.57

Guo Y; Jia X; Paull D, 2017, 'Superpixel-Based Adaptive Kernel Selection for Angular Effect Normalization of Remote Sensing Images With Kernel Learning', IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, vol. 55, pp. 4262 - 4271, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TGRS.2017.2689798

Hobbs SW; Paull DJ; Clarke JDA, 2017, 'Marsobot: design and performance characterization of a low-cost, ground-based multispectral camera on an open source rover', International Journal of Remote Sensing, vol. 38, pp. 3635 - 3655, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01431161.2017.1302109

Trisasongko BH; Panuju DR; Paull DJ; Jia X; Griffin AL, 2017, 'Comparing six pixel-wise classifiers for tropical rural land cover mapping using four forms of fully polarimetric SAR data', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF REMOTE SENSING, vol. 38, pp. 3274 - 3293, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01431161.2017.1292072

Shi H; Wen Z; Paull D; Guo M, 2016, 'A framework for quantifying the thermal buffering effect of microhabitats', Biological Conservation, vol. 204, pp. 175 - 180, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2016.11.006

Shi H; Wen Z; Paull D; Jiao F, 2016, 'Distribution of natural and planted forests in the yanhe river catchment: Have we planted trees on the right sites?', Forests, vol. 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/f7110258

Hobbs SW; Clarke JDA; Paull DJ, 2016, 'Analysis of crater valleys, Noachis Terra, Mars: Evidence of fluvial and glacial processes', Geomorphology, vol. 261, pp. 244 - 272, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2016.02.027

Cheng Z; Wang XH; Paull D; Gao J, 2016, 'Application of the Geostationary Ocean Color Imager to mapping the diurnal and seasonal variability of surface suspended matter in a macro-tidal estuary', Remote Sensing, vol. 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/rs8030244

Welbourne DJ; Claridge AW; Paull DJ; Lambert A, 2016, 'How do passive infrared triggered camera traps operate and why does it matter? Breaking down common misconceptions', Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation, vol. 2, pp. 77 - 83, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/rse2.20

Hobbs SW; Paull DJ; Clarke JDA; Roach IC, 2015, 'Multi-agent gully processes: Evidence from the Monaro Volcanic Province, Australia and Noachis Terra, Mars', Geomorphology, vol. 257, pp. 23 - 46, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2015.12.018

Shi H; Paull D; Rayburg S, 2015, 'Spatial heterogeneity of temperature across alpine boulder fields in New South Wales, Australia: multilevel modelling of drivers of microhabitat climate', International Journal of Biometeorology, vol. 60, pp. 965 - 976, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00484-015-1089-4

Shi H; Paull D; Broome L; Bates H, 2015, 'Microhabitat use by mountain pygmy-possum (Burramys parvus): Implications for the conservation of small mammals in alpine environments', Austral Ecology, vol. 40, pp. 528 - 536, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/aec.12220

Thompson JA; Paull DJ; Lees BG, 2015, 'An improved liberal cloud-mask for addressing snow/cloud confusion with MODIS', Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, vol. 81, pp. 119 - 129, http://dx.doi.org/10.14358/PERS.81.2.119

Welbourne DJ; MacGregor C; Paull D; Lindenmayer DB, 2015, 'The effectiveness and cost of camera traps for surveying small reptiles and critical weight range mammals: a comparison with labour-intensive complementary methods', Wildlife Research, vol. 42, pp. 414 - 414, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/WR15054

Claridge AW; Paull DJ; Cunningham RB, 2015, 'Oils ain’t oils: can truffle-infused food additives improve detection of rare and cryptic mycophagous mammals?', Australian Mammalogy, vol. 38, pp. 12 - 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AM15015

Thompson JA; Paull DJ; Lees BG, 2015, 'Using phase-spaces to characterize land surface phenology in a seasonally snow-covered landscape', Remote Sensing of Environment, vol. 166, pp. 178 - 190, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2015.04.008

Shi H; Paull D; Broome L; Bates H, 2015, 'Microhabitat use by mountain pygmy-possum (Burramys parvus): Implications for the conservation of small mammals in alpine environments', Austral Ecology, vol. 40, pp. 528 - 536, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/aec.12220

Hobbs SW; Paull DJ; Clarke JDA, 2015, 'Analysis of regional gullies within Noachis Terra, Mars: A complex relationship between slope, surface material and aspect', Icarus, vol. 250, pp. 308 - 331, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.icarus.2014.12.011

Shi H; Paull DJ; Zhongming W; Broome L, 2014, 'Thermal buffering effect of alpine boulder field microhabitats in Australia: Implications for habitat management and conservation', Biological Conservation, vol. 180, pp. 278 - 287, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2014.10.019

Hobbs SW; Paull DJ; Clarke JDA, 2014, 'A hydrological analysis of terrestrial and Martian gullies: Implications for liquid water on Mars', Geomorphology, vol. 226, pp. 261 - 277, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2014.07.034

Shi H; Wen Z; Paull D, 2013, 'Estimation of carbon carrying capacity in the Yanhe River catchment of China's Loess Plateau', Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section B - Soil & Plant Science, vol. 63, pp. 543 - 553, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09064710.2013.820786

Paull DJ; Trisasongko BH; Panuju DR, 2013, 'Identifying natural revegetation of mine waste using compact polarimetry', Asian Journal of Geoinformatics, vol. 13, pp. 16 - 20

Thornton A; Pearson S; Paull D; Joseph V, 2013, 'Occupational transitions in three coastal villages in Central Java, Indonesia, in the context of sea level rise: a case study', Natural Hazards, vol. on-line June 2013, pp. 675 - 694, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11069-013-0735-6

Hobbs SW; Paull DJ; Clarke JDA, 2013, 'A comparison of semiarid and subhumid terrestrial gullies with gullies on Mars: Implications for Martian gully erosion', Geomorphology, vol. 204, pp. 344 - 365, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2013.08.018

Wang XH; Paull D; Wu W, 2013, 'Evaluating the Australian Defence Force stakeholder participation at Shoalwater Bay Training Area, Queensland, Australia', Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, vol. 57, pp. 1802 - 1830, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09640568.2013.839445

Paull DJ; Mills D; Claridge A, 2013, 'Fragmentation of the Southern Brown Bandicoot Isoodon obesulus: Unraveling Past Climate Change from Vegetation Clearing', International Journal of Ecology, vol. 2013, pp. 1 - 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/536524

Showing 1 - 50 of 119 publications