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Ms Rachael Quill

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.

Ms Rachael Quill

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.

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

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.
DOI

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

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
Fax
8313 3696
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Ingkarni Wardli Building, floor 6
Room Number
6 63
Org Unit
School of Mathematical Sciences

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