Mr Luke Peel

Honorary Lecturer

Over 25 years working in State and Federal Government Agencies in various roles. Commencing in the NT Government Environment Agency, specialising in collating the parameters of soil erosion, pasture/cropping, climate and hydrological monitoring to produce Land Management Semi-Arid Tropics model. Research and development of the application of spatial data (Landsat) analysis for vegetation mapping and monitoring validated with ground monitoring methodologies. Implementation of satellite-based monitoring program across NT and northern WA, engaging pastoral industry and aboriginal land managers with practical tools (VegMachine) for monitoring, planning and reporting.

In 2009 moved to Canberra to work with the Murray Darling Basin Authority on the Sustainable Rivers Audit for river geomorphology and vegetation mapping and monitoring. Moved on to lead a team at Geoscience Australia to acquire elevation data, primarily LiDAR and imagery over areas of significance for Australia's centres of population & infrastrcuture, and manage the National Elevation Data Framework. This work covered many areas of Australia's coastline areas of significance, including large areas of the Murray-Darling Basin. Managed various LiDAR contracts and quality assurance of products for regions of Tonga, PNG, Vanuatu and Samoa (including LiDAR bathymetry), and a major project for the greater metro Manila region to assist with climate change and natural hazard mapping, modelling and management.

Since 2014 is the research coordinator for The Mulloon Institute managing the scientific program, engaging landholders, scientists, industry, and tertiary and secondary students in many facets of natural resource management, regenerative agriculture, and engendering social and community change adaptation.

Research interests

  • Soil Sciences0503
  • Environmental Science And Management0502
  • Ecological Applications0501
  • Ecology0602
  • Information Systems0806
  • Hydrogeology040603
  • Surfacewater Hydrology040608
  • Geomorphology And Regolith And Landscape Evolution040601
  • Landscape Ecology050104
  • Environmental Monitoring050206
  • Environmental Education And Extension050203