Dr Rachael Quill
School of Mathematical Sciences
Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
I am a Lecturer in Statistics at the University of Adelaide, and an Associate Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS). My current research interests focus on spatio-temporal modelling of wind fields over complex terrain, with broader implications in handling missing spatio-temporal data, modelling atypical dependence structures and modelling spatio-temporal linear-circular processes. My active research has applications in understanding uncertainty in environmental modelling, with a particular interest in bushfire spread prediction.
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.
Date Position Institution name 2019 Lecturer in Statistics University of Adelaide 2017 - 2019 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
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
Year Citation 2020 Quill, R., Sharples, J., & Sidhu, L. (2020). A Statistical Approach to Understanding Canopy Winds over Complex Terrain. Environmental Modeling and Assessment, 25(2), 231-250.
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.
Year Citation 2016 Quill, R., Moon, K., Sharples, J., Sidhu, L., Duff, T., & Tolhurst, K. (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. (pp. 15-29). Online: Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC. 2015 Quill, R., & Sharples, J. (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 (pp. 284-290). online: MSSANZ. 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.
Report for External Bodies
Year Citation 2013 Quill, R. (2013). Predicting water quality and ecological responses.
Year Citation 2017 Quill, R. (2017). Statistical characterisation of wind fields over complex terrain with applications in bushfire modelling. (PhD Thesis).
Year Citation — Quill, R., & Sharples, J. (n.d.). Flea Creek Valley Data, Jul to Dec 2014.
— Quill, R., & Sharples, J. (n.d.). Flea Creek Valley Data, Apr to Jul 2014.
— Sharples, J., & Quill, R. (n.d.). Flea Creek Valley Data, Jan to Oct 2007.
— Quill, R., & Sharples, J. (n.d.). National Arboretum Canberra Data, Apr to Dec 2015.
|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|
|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|
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2019 Co-Supervisor Comparison of linear and non-linear multivariate time series models for forecasting, and investigating causality. Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Xiaomeng Gu
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
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