Farzin Shabani
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I am a Research Fellow in environmental modeling and climate change in the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University. I am also working at Flinders University as a Research Associate in palaeo-ecological vegetation modelling. Furthermore, In 2021 (S2), I am a guest lecture for Introduction to Geographical Information Systems GE (STEM8002) at Flinders University.


In 2021, I have been contacted by the Department of Regional NSW - Primary Industries (Weed Research Unit - Invasive Species Biosecurity) to provide consultancy on impacts of climate change to the Invasive Plants and Animals group of NSW DPI.



I apply global dynamic vegetation models (e.g. LPJ-GUESS), and several bioclimatic envelopes (correlative based models) to examine the impacts of future and palaeo climate change on surviving Australian species and the extinct ones. 


I try tracing the role of environmental fluctuations on the evolution of Australia’s natural history (vegetation communities) over spatial times scales (e.g. 200,000 years back). Why I do this? It is simple, if we understand how did Australia’s endemic biota respond and adapt to periods of prolonged climatic stress, we can learn lessons that will help Australia’s environment and society in the future. For example, one of my palaeoclimate change studies (under review) showed that under future climate warming (increasing wildfire) and increasing CO2 concentration, we might expect more forest in some areas by the end of the century, but it is uncertain due to several reasons (e.g., human-driven fire, landscape clearance, invasive species, etc.);

At Flinders (2018-current), I work for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH). I am also the postdoc representative for CABAH;

From Feb 2016- Feb 2018, I employed at the University of New England (UNE) as a Postdoctoral Fellow within the School of Environmental and Rural Science. At UNE, I have been involved in teaching GIS, Remote Sensing and Image Analysis courses for undergraduate and postgraduate students (EM334/534 & EM432/EM532). At UNE, I was one of the GIS specialists in the Commonwealth Department of Environment Pacific Climate Change Project (a national project carried out at UNE) for the Australian government during 2013 and 2014;

Supervision: I co-supervised four PhD students all are graduated (two females and two males);

Grant Reviewer: In 2019, I was a grant reviewer for The Marsden Fund Council;

Honours, awards and grants:

  • Chancellor's doctoral research Medal for excellence in the University of New England Doctor Of Philosophy
  • University of New England International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS)
  • University of New England Keith and Dorothy Mackay Travelling Scholarship

 Key responsibilities

  • My position is primarily research-focused.
  • Co-supervision of students

 Academic Editor: I have made editorial decisions on 50 manuscripts written by hundreds of colleagues for 

  • Scientific Reports - Nature
  • PeerJ

 Ad-Hoc Journal Reviews (see my Publons profile)

  • Scientific Reports – Nature
  • Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 
  • The Journal of Agricultural Science 
  • Climatic Change
  • Science of the Total Environment
  • Climate Research - Inter Research
  • Environmental Earth Science
  • ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information
  • Biology Letters
  • Pedosphere 
  • Journal of Earth Science & Climatic Change 
  • Pest Management Science 
  • Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research

 Academic Track Records

  • Google Scholar
  • Scopus ID: 54384121800
  • Tele: +61 8 82012556
  • Email address: farzin.shabani@mq.edu.au     OR     farzin.shabani@flinders.edu.au

Education/Academic qualification

environmental modelling, vegetation modelling, climate change, PhD, The University of New England

Award Date: 30 Apr 2016

External positions

Research Associate, Flinders University

18 Feb 2018 → …

Postdoctoral Fellow at Macquarie University

1 Oct 20171 Oct 2018

Postdoctoral Fellow , The University of New England

10 Feb 201610 Feb 2018


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