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My research focuses on dynamic shifts in the surface condition of aeolian (wind-blown) landscapes. I've previously worked in coastal environments, investigating the effects of fires on sand dune systems in Western Australia. I'm now working primarily in the Australian arid zone, beginning with the iconic Simpson Desert, looking at patterns of sand movement and vegetation cover in response to climate variability and fire.

My primary tool for research is remote sensing. When in the field I conduct aerial photo surveys using a drone. And at the desk I use imagery from various satellite and aerial photography platforms to construct maps which can be used to track the surface condition from the 1950s onwards.

Beyond this, I enjoy working with others to help develop unique remote sensing and geospatial solutions in their own work. I also enjoy problem solving and making work efficient with the python programming language.

Education/Academic qualification

Environmental Sciences, Bachelor of Science, Macquarie University

1 Mar 20121 Dec 2014

External positions

Property Officer (Geographic Information Systems (GIS)), Roads and Maritime Services

21 Nov 201630 Nov 2017

Field survey assistant, YSCO Geomatics - Land Resource Consultants

1 May 20131 Dec 2015

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dune Earth & Environmental Sciences
stabilization Earth & Environmental Sciences
disturbance Earth & Environmental Sciences
biomass Earth & Environmental Sciences
resprouting Earth & Environmental Sciences
eolian process Earth & Environmental Sciences
vegetation Earth & Environmental Sciences
reactivation Earth & Environmental Sciences

Projects 2016 2016

Research Outputs 2017 2018

  • 5 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
  • 2 Article

Assessing the geomorphic disturbance from fires on coastal dunes near Esperance, Western Australia: implications for dune de-stabilisation

Shumack, S. & Hesse, P., Apr 2018, In : Aeolian Research. 31, Part A, p. 29-49 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

eolian process

The impact of fire on sand dune stability: surface coverage and biomass recovery after fires on Western Australian coastal dune systems from 1988 to 2016

Shumack, S., Hesse, P. & Turner, L., 15 Dec 2017, In : Geomorphology. 299, p. 39-53 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review