Rachael Quill

Ms Rachael Quill

Research Associate

School of Mathematical Sciences

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences


I am currently employed as a Research Associate at the University of Adelaide in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS). My research focusses on the statistical analysis and modelling of wind characteristics over areas of complex topography with applications in bushfire prediction and wind energy production. I also have broader research interests in environmental statistics, circular statistics, nonparametric estimation and comparison, multivariate time series, and spatio-temporal analysis.

I hold a PhD in Statistics from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Canberra, supported by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC. My thesis, entitled "Statistical characterisation of wind fields over complex terrain for bushfire modelling applications", had a particular focus on the impacts of surface roughness on wind fields as well as the development of probabilistic approaches to handle uncertainty in fire modelling. I also hold an MSci in Mathematics and Statistics from Lancaster University in the UK; my Honours thesis considered dynamic modelling of wind speeds for analysis of wind power. Following my undergraduate studies, I relocated to Australia and completed a multidisciplinary Master’s program at the ANU, covering topics from computer science to meteorology.

I am an active member of AustMS, and its associated groups ANZIAM and WIMSIG, including membership of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and assisting in the organisation of ANZIAM 2016 in Canberra. In 2016, I was awarded the AustMS WIMSIG Cheryl E. Praeger Travel Award. I am also a member of the ACEMS Equity and Diversity committee.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2017 University Research Associate University of Adelaide
    2017 - 2017 Tutor University of Adelaide
    2016 - 2016 Demonstrator University of Newcastle
    2013 - 2015 Lecturer and Tutor UNSW Canberra
    2013 - 2013 Technical Writer Bureau of Meteorology
    2011 - 2012 Research Assistant Australian National Territory
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2016 Achievement BNH CRC Travel Funding Support Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre Australia $2444
    2016 Award UNSW Postgraduate Research Student Support UNSW Australia $2200
    2016 Achievement International Society of Non-parametric Statistics 2016 Travel Grant International Society of Non-parametric Statistics France $600
    2016 Award AustMS WIMSIG Cheryl Praeger Travel Award 2016 Australian Mathematical Society Australia $600
    2015 Award MODSIM 2016 Student Presentation Award International Congress on Modelling and Simulation Australia $500
    2015 Achievement UNSW Three Minute Thesis 2015 UNSW Canberra Australia
    2014 Award AMOS ACT Branch, Best Student Presentation Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, ACT Branch Australia $100
    2014 Scholarship BNHCRC Top-up Scholarship Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre Australia $30,000
    2014 Scholarship UNSW Tuition Fee Scholarship UNSW Canberra Australia $87,124
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2014 - 2017 UNSW Canberra Australia PhD in Statistics
    2013 - 2013 ANU Australia Master of Studies
    2007 - 2011 Lancaster University United Kingdom Master in Science (Hons I) Mathematics and Statistics
  • Research Interests

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2014 Quill, R. (2014). The effects of climate change on ecologically-relevant flow regime and water quality attributes. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, 28(1), 67-82.
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  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2016 Quill, R. (2016). Wind speed reduction induced by post-fire regrowth. In In proceedings of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC & AFAC Conference, 30 Aug - 1 Sept 2016, Brisbane..
    2015 Quill, R. (2015). Dynamic development of the 2013 Aberfeldy fire. In In Weber, T., McPhee, M.J. and Anderssen, R.S. (eds) MODSIM2015, 21st International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand, December 2015, pp. 490-496.
    2015 Quill, R. (2015). Effects of post-fire vegetation regrowth on wind fields over complex terrain. In 21st International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand, December 2015 MODSIM2015, (pp. 277-283). Online: MODSIM.

Lecturing

Date Course Code and Title Institution
2014-2015 ZPEM1304: Engineering Mathematics 1B University of New South Wales Canberra
2013 ZPEM3301: Topic in Mathematics University of New South Wales Canberra

Tutoring

Date Course Code and Title Institution
2017 STATS3006: Mathematical Statistics III University of Adelaide
2016 MATH1110: Mathematics 1 University of Newcastle
2016 MATH2310: Calculus for Science and Engineering University of Newcastle
2015 ZPEM2312 Fundamentals of Data Analysis University of New South Wales Canberra
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  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2015 - 2017 Member ACT ANZIAM Branch Australia
    2014 - 2014 Secretary Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, ACT Branch Australia
    2014 - ongoing Member Australian Mathematical Society Australia
    2014 - ongoing Member International Association of Wildland Fire United States
  • Position: Research Associate
  • Phone: 83130927
  • Email: rachael.quill@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 3696
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Ingkarni Wardli Building, floor 6
  • Room: 6 63
  • Org Unit: School of Mathematical Sciences

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