Dr Luciana Laura Porfirio

ANU Visiting Fellow
ANU College of Science

Areas of expertise

  • Ecological Impacts Of Climate Change 050101
  • Conservation And Biodiversity 050202
  • Environmental Monitoring 050206
  • Physical Geography And Environmental Geoscience 0406
  • Open Software 080306
  • Programming Languages 080308
  • Higher Education 130103
  • Crop And Pasture Production 0703
  • Agricultural Spatial Analysis And Modelling 070104

Research interests

  • PhD thesis: Spatial models for the quantification of ecosystem services across the Australian Capital Region  (2013)
  • Human impact on ecological process
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Spatial ecological models
  • Spatial statistics
  • Climate change
  • Interdisciplinary research


Luciana is currently a research scientist at the CSIRO Agriculture and Food Business Unit where she works with a vegetation productivity model and a visiting fellow at ANU. In her last postdoctoral fellowship at the CSIRO Climate Science Centre, she investigated the socio-economic impacts of climate change on agricultural production and the subsequent impact on global markets. She used the CSIRO Global Integrated Assessment Model to project the economy to the future following different carbon emissions pathways. Her work provided a framework for understanding, for example, the influence of climate on agriculture and the economy and for informing judgments about the value of different options for dealing with climate change. Luciana's work is relevant in the context of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

Previous to CSIRO, in 2011 Luciana became a postdoctoral fellow in the Landscapes and Policy hub, as part of the National Environmental Research Program. Luciana was based at the Australian National University and was part of the Bioregional Futures team that applied a range of tools and techniques to study characteristics of landscape ecosystems and the patterns of diversity under scenarios of natural and human-induced change.

Back in 2006 Luciana moved to Australia where she worked as a research assistant of Professor Brendan Mackey at the Australian National University. The same year she obtained a PhD scholarship from the ANU to develop spatial models for the quantification of ecosystem services across the Australian Capital Region under the supervision of Professors Will Steffen, Mike Hutchinson and Brendan Mackey at the Fenner School of Environment & Society.

Researcher's projects

CSIRO OCE postdoctoral fellowship 2015 to Jan 2018

Luciana and colleagues have explored the consequences of climate change for agriculture and subsequent impacts on global markets. They investigated a suit of socio-economic mechanisms that would help to achieve global food security and meet the UN sustainable development goals. Luciana presented the results at FAO, Rome, Italy, last year. The paper published in Nature Palgrave summarises the otucones https://www.nature.com/articles/s41599-018-0164-y , and they also published a media release featured in The Conversation https://theconversation.com/climate-change-will-reshape-the-worlds-agricultural-trade-102721


National Environmental Research Program (NERP) - Landscapes and Policy Hub (LaP).


To develop tools, techniques and policy pathways to integrate biodiversity into regional planning.Techniques will be developed to analyse existing regional scale environmental, economic and social datasets and combine this with fine scale regional climate modelling to develop plausible trajectories for areas of high natural values and major threatening processes.


The Tasmanian Midlands: Biophysical research will occur over the whole of Tasmania while the integrated socio-ecological assessment will be carried out within a subset centred on the Northern Midlands bioregion. The Local Government Areas that encompass the three bioregions that include the greater midlands landscapes (Northern Slopes, Northern Midlands and South East) have a total area of 2.4M ha.

The Australian Alps: The Local Government Areas (plus the ACT) that include parts of the Australian Alps bioregion, total area 8.8M ha. Biophysical research will occur over the whole study area while social, economic and institutional research will be carried out within a subset to be determined.

For more information, please visit http://www.nerplandscapes.edu.au/


Projects and Grants

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