Dr Jenifer Ticehurst



I completed an undergraduate degree in natural resource management at the ANU, which included an honours project comparing the biophysical and social performance of different grazing systems in the Southern Tablelands.

After working as a research technical assistant for a few years with CSIRO Plant Industry and NSW Department of Primary Industries, I completed a PhD titled “Hydrological analysis for the integration of tree belt plantations into Australia's agricultural systems”.

Since then I spent time researching with the iCAM team at the ANU, developing models for decision support that integrate social, economic and environmental factors to assist in natural resource management. This included developing Bayesian networks for the management of NSW coastal lakes, and the management of native vegetation in Victoria.

This work had a strong focus on the engagement and participation of clients and stakeholders, and won three ‘Environs’ Awards from the NSW government in 2007, as well as the ‘Chair’s award’ for outstanding contribution to the Commonwealth Environment Research Fund project called Landscape Logic in 2010.

More recently I have focused on social research in rural areas, with Allan Curtis from CSU, studying the adoption of best land management practices such as fencing off waterways from livestock for water quality control and the adoption of water use efficient practices by irrigators in the Murray-Darling Basin. 


Research interests

My main research interest is in increasing the sustainability of Australia’s farming systems. This requires:

  • the knowledge and understanding of the requirements of a sustainable system (from an economic, social and biophysical view)
  • the ability and means to convey this information, in a meaningful way, to land and water managers, and
  • the appropriate economic and political structure to supportany required changes.

I am also interested in the integration of social, economic and environmental factors that influence the management of natural resources.

Research projects

As part of the MDBA strategic partnership with the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT) researching:

  • the adoption of more water use efficient practices by irrigators in the Murray Darling Basin, 
  • pre-feasibility assessments of opportunities for conjunctive use (i.e. using surface water and groundwater together) across the triple bottom line, the social acceptability of conjunctive use in the Murray Darling Basin, and groundwater use and trading in the Campaspe region of northern Victoria.
  •  Qualitative and quantitative social research methods relevant to natural resource management and rural landscapes, including the adoption of best management practices by dryland farmers and irrigators
  • Triple bottom line (social, environmental and economic) assessment of grazing systems in south-east Australia, natural resource management of coastal lakes, and conjunctive use of water in irrigation districts in the Murray Darling Basin
  • Development of decision support tools including Bayesian network modelling
  • Field studies and model simulation for surface and groundwater hydrology and soil landscape description and characterisation


Merritt, W, Fu, B, Ticehurst, J et al (2017) 'Realizing modelling     outcomes: A synthesis of success factors and their use in a     retrospective analysis of 15 Australian water resource projects',     Environmental Modelling and Software, vol. 94, pp. 63-72.

Ticehurst, J.L., and Curtis A.L. (2017), Preliminary assessment     of conjunctive use opportunities in the Murray Darling Basin: a     case study in the lower Campaspe catchment, Charles Sturt     University, Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650. ISBN: 978-0-9954100-1-5

Ticehurst, J.L., and Curtis, A.L. (2016), Improving on-farm water     use efficiency amongst irrigators in the Campaspe-Rochester     district, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650. ISBN:     978-0-9954100-0-8

Ticehurst J, Curtis A (2015) Can existing practices expected to     lead to improved on-farm water use efficiency enable irrigators     to effectively respond to reduced groundwater entitlements in the     Murray Darling Basin?, Journal of Hydrology, 528:613-620.

Jakeman, A, Kelly, R, Ticehurst, J, Blakers, R, Croke B, Curtis     A, Fu Baihua, El Sawah S, Gardner A, Guillaime J, Hartley M,     Holley C, Hutchings P, Pannell D, Ross A, Sharp E, Sinclair D,     Wilson A, (2013), 'Modelling for the complex issue of     catchment-scale and groundwater allocation ', (eds) Obaidat M.S,     Filipe J, Kacprzyk J, Pina N, Advances in Intelligent Systems and     Computing vol 256: Simulation and Modeling Methodologies,     Technologies and Applications, Springer, Part 1: pp. 25-44

Ticehurst J.L., Pollino C.A, Merritt W.S, (2012), Bayesian     networks as integration tools in collaborative research, in     Landscape Logic: Integrating science for landscape management,     CSIRO publishing, Collingwood Victoria, Chapter 18, pp. 239-254

Ticehurst, J.L., Curtis A., Merritt W.S. (2011), Using Bayesian     Networks to complement conventional analyses to explore     landholder management of native, Environmental Modelling and     Software, 26:52-65.

McIntosh B.S., Ascough II J.C, Twery M, ChewJ, Elmahdi A, Haase     D, Harou J.J, Hepting D, S. Cuddy, A.J. Jakeman, S. Chen, A.     Kassahun, S. Lautenbach, K. Matthews, W. Merritt, N.W.T. Quinn,     I. Rodriguez-Roda, S. Sieber, M. Stavenga, A. Sulis, Ticehurst     J., Volk M., Wrobel M., van Delden., El-Sawah S., Rizzoli A.,     Voinov A. (2011), Environmental decision support systems (EDSS)     development – Challenges and best practices, Environmental     Modelling & Software, 26: 1389-1402

M Mahmouda, Y Liu, H Hartmann, S Stewart, T Wagener, D Semmens, R     Stewart, H Gupta, D Dominguez, F Dominguez, D Hulse, R Letcher, B     Rashleigh, C Smith, R Street, J Ticehurst, M Twery, H van Delden,     R Waldick, D White, L Winter (2009), A formal framework for     scenario development in support of environmental decision-making,     Environmental Modelling and Software, 24: 798-808.

Ticehurst, J.L. (2008), Evolution of an Approach to Integrated     Adaptive Management: Coastal Lake Assessment and Management     (CLAM), Ocean and Coastal Management, 51: 645-658.

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