Dr Jenifer Ticehurst

Honorary Senior Lecturer

After completing a BSc (Resource and Environmental Management) with Honours at the Australian National University in 1996 Jenifer worked as a technical officer with CSIRO (Division of Environmental Mechanics), NSW Agriculture and then CSIRO (Division of Plant Industry). The associated research projects were on the treatment of sewerage waste water through crop irrigation, sustainable grazing systems on the central tablelands, and wheat breeding. She completed her PhD at the Australian National University in 2004, with an investigation into how hillslope hydrology effects locating tree belt plantations to utilise excess water.

After completing her PhD she worked for 15 years at the Fenner School of Environment and Society (FSES) and its' predecessors, as part of the Integrated Catchment Assessment and Management (iCAM) Centre. For many of those years she was heavily embedded in the National Centre for Groundwater Resource and Training (NCGRT). While at iCAM her research projects included the development of the Coastal Lake Assessment and Management (CLAM) tool, Landscape Logic and an invesitgation into the feasibility of Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) for Australia's cotton industry.

She began working at the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) in the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment in March 2020, as part of the Social science and biosecurity team.

Research interests

Jenifer's research interests are motivated by her desire to increase the sustainability of Australia's agricultural industry, while protecting the natural environment. Her early research focused on the biophysical components of agriculture in soil, water and the agronomic system. While more recently she broadened her interests to include economic, ecological, social and governance criteria when informing the management of agricultural and natural resources. She has a strong interest in integrated assessment and modelling, with a particular focus on developing decision support tools using participatory processes, such as Bayesian networks.

Her recent research focuses on the conjunctive use and management of water within the Murray Darling Basin, and the potential for Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) to provide an adaptation option suitable for irrigators and the environment. A new research area for her is using general surveillance (i.e. people from all walks of life) to assist in the early detection of biosecurity threats to Australia's agricultural production and natural environments.

  • Iwanaga, T, Zare, F, Croke, B et al 2018, 'Development of an integrated model for the Campaspe catchment: A tool to help improve understanding of the interaction between society, policy, farming decision, ecology, hydrology and climate', 8th International Symposium on Integrated Water Resources Management, IWRM 2018, ed. Z. Xu, D. Peng, W. Sun, B. Pang, D. Zuo, A. Schumann, and Y. Chen, Copernicus Publications, TBC, pp. 1-12.
  • Ticehurst, J & Curtis, A 2018, 'The intention of irrigators to adopt water use efficient measures: case studies in the north and south of the Murray–Darling Basin', Australasian Journal of Water Resources, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 149-161.
  • 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. 63-72pp.
  • 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 water entitlements in the Murray-Darling Basin?', Journal of Hydrology, vol. 528, pp. 613-620.
  • Merritt, W, Fu, B, Ticehurst, J et al 2015, 'Synthesising and evaluating the criteria of successful decision support models to support water resource assessment and management', 21st International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM2015), ed. Weber, T., McPhee, M.J. and Anderssen, R.S., The Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc., Australia, pp. 498pp.
  • Ticehurst, J, El Sawah, S & Richardson, L 2015, 'An approach to consider the impact of co-designed science: Case study of Bayesian networks to set NRM targets', 21st International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM2015), ed. Weber, T., McPhee, M.J. and Anderssen, R.S., The Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc., Australia, pp. 1958-1964.
  • Croke, B, Blakers, R, El Sawah, S et al. 2014, 'Marrying Hydrological Modelling and Integrated Assessment for the needs of Water Resource Management', Bologna IAHS 2014 - 6th IAHS-EGU International Symposium on Integrated Water Resources Management, IAHS Press, Italy, pp. 351-356.
  • Jakeman, A, Kelly (nee Letcher), R, Ticehurst, J et al 2014, 'Modelling for Managing the Complex Issue of Catchment-Scale surface and Groundwater Allocation', in Obaidat, M.S., Filipe, J., Kacprzyk, J., Pina, N. (ed.), Simulation and Modelling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications, Springer, Heidelberg, pp. 25-41.
  • Ticehurst, J & Curtis, A 2013, 'Using Bayesian networks to advise NRM agencies how to influence the adoption of water use efficiency practices by groundwater license holders', International Congress on Modelling and Simulation MODSIM 2013, ed. Piantadosi, J., Anderssen, R.S. and Boland J., Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc., Australia, pp. 2987-2993.
  • Jakeman, A, Merritt, W, Fu, B et al 2013, 'Decision support systems: experiences, lessons and recommendations', 22nd NSW Coastal Conference, 22nd NSW Coastal Conference, Australia, pp. 1-15pp.
  • Ticehurst, J, Pollino, C & Merritt, W 2012, 'Bayesian networks as integration tools in collaborative research', in Ted Lefroy, Allan Curtis, Anthony Jakeman & James McKee (ed.), Landscape Logic, CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Victoria, pp. 239-254.
  • Jakeman, A, Kelly, R, Ticehurst, J, Ross, A, et al 2012, 'Modelling for the complex issue of groundwater management **', International Conference on Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications (SIMULTECH 2012), Conference Organising Committee, Rome Italy, pp. IS25-IS35.
  • McIntosh, B, Ascough II, J, Twery, M, Chew, J, Elmahdi, A, Haase, D, Harou, J, Hepting, D, Cuddy, S, Jakeman, A, Chen, S, Kassahun, A, Lautenbach, S, et al. 2011, 'Environmental decision support systems (EDSS) development - Challenges and best practices', Environmental Modelling and Software, vol. 26, no. 12, pp. 1389-1402.
  • Ticehurst, J, Curtis, A & Merritt, W 2011, 'Using Bayesian Networks to complement conventional analyses to explore landholder management of native vegetation', Environmental Modelling and Software, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 52-65.
  • Merritt, W, Ticehurst, J, Pollino, C et al 2010, 'The value of using Bayesian Networks in Environmental Decision Support Systems to support natural resource management', International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software (iEMSs 2010), ed. David A. Swayne, Wanhong Yang, A.A. Voinov, A. Rizzoli, T. Filatova, International Environmental Modelling and Software Society, Canada, pp. 2080-2088.
  • Ticehurst, J & Pollino, C 2010, 'Build collaborative models or capacity? Reflections from two years on', International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software (iEMSs 2010), ed. David A. Swayne, Wanhong Yang, A.A. Voinov, A. Rizzoli, T. Filatova, International Environmental Modelling and Software Society, Canada.
  • Liu, Y, Mahmoud, M, Hartmann, H et al 2008, 'Formal Scenario Development for Environmental Impact Assessment Studies', in A.J. Jakeman, A.A. Voinov, A.E. Rizzoli and S.H. Chen (ed.), Environmental Modelling, Software and Decision Support: State of the art and new perspectives, Elsevier, Oxford, pp. 145-162.
  • Mahmoud, M, Liu, Y, Hartmann, H et al 2009, 'A formal framework for scenario development in support of environmental decision-making', Environmental Modelling and Software, vol. 24, pp. 798-808.
  • Ticehurst, J, Curtis, A & Merritt, W 2009, 'Analysing social data on adoption of conservation practices: Exploring Bayesian networks', 18th World IMACS Congress and International Congress on Modelling and Simulation: Interfacing Modelling and Simulation with Mathematical and Computational Sciences, MODSIM 2009, ed. R S Anderssen, R D Braddock & L T H Newham , Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc., Australia, pp. 2450-2456.
  • Ticehurst, J, Letcher, R & Rissik, D 2008, 'Integration modelling and decision support: A case study of the Coastal Lake Assessment and Management (CLAM) Tool', Mathematics and Computers in Simulation, vol. 78, pp. 435-449.
  • Ticehurst, J 2008, 'Evolution of an approach to integrated adaptive management: The Coastal Lake Assessment and Management (CLAM) tool', Ocean and Coastal Management, vol. 51, pp. 645-658.
  • Ticehurst, J, Cresswell, H, McKenzie, N et al 2007, 'Interpreting soil and topographic properties to conceptualise hillslope hydrology', Geoderma, vol. 137, no. 3, pp. 279-292.
  • Ticehurst, J, Newham, L, Rissik, D et al 2007, 'A Bayesian Network approach for assessing the sustainability of coastal lakes in New South Wales, Australia', Environmental Modelling and Software, vol. 22, pp. 1129-1139.
  • Croke, B, Ticehurst, J, Letcher, R et al 2007, 'Integrated assessment of water resources: Australian experiences', Water Resources Management, vol. 21, pp. 351-373.
  • Croke, B, Ticehurst, J, Letcher, R et al 2007, 'Integrated assessment of water resources: Australian experiences', in Eric Craswell, Mike Bonell, Deborah Bossio, Siegfried Demuth, Nick van de Giesen (ed.), Integrated Assessment of Water Resources and Global Change: A North-South Analysis, Springer, The Netherlands, p. 3.
  • Ticehurst, J & Pollino, C 2007, 'Build Collaborative Models or Capacity? Comparison of Techniques for Building Bayesian Networks for the Natural Resource Management Regions of Australia', International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM 2007), ed. Les Oxley & Don Kulasiri, Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc., New Zealand, pp. 274-280.
  • Ticehurst, J, Rissik, D, Newham, L et al 2005, 'Development of a decision support tool for the integrated management of NSW coastal lake catchments', NSW Coastal Conference 2005, Conference Organising Committee, unknown.
  • Ticehurst, J, Croke, B & Jakeman, A 2005, 'Model design for the hydrology of tree belt plantations on hillslopes', Mathematics and Computers in Simulation, vol. 69, pp. 188-212.
  • Ticehurst, J, Rissik, D, Letcher, R et al. 2005, 'Development of decision support tools to assess the sustainability of coastal lakes', 2005 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation: Advances and Applications for Management and Decision Making, MODSIM 2005, ed. Andre Zerger & Robert M Argent, Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc., Canberra, pp. 2414-.
  • Ticehurst, J, Creswell, H & Jakeman, A 2003, 'Using a physically based model to conduct a sensitivity analysis of subsurface lateral flow in south-east Australia', Environmental Modelling and Software, vol. 18, pp. 729-740.
  • Ticehurst, J, Croke, B, Spate, J et al 2003, 'Development of a simple cascading bucket model for hillslope hydrology.', International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM 2003), ed. David A. Post, Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc., UWA UniPrint, pp. 1:392-397.
  • Ticehurst, J, Cresswell, H, McKenzie, N et al 2001, 'Using simulation to understand the occurrence of subsurface lateral flow in south-east Australia', International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM 2001), ed. Ghassemi, F. et. al, Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc., Canberra, pp. 2:561-566.