Dr Jenifer Ticehurst

Research Fellow, Fenner School of Environment and Society
ANU College of Science

Areas of expertise

  • Hydrogeology 040603
  • Agricultural Hydrology (Drainage, Flooding, Irrigation, Quality, Etc.) 079901
  • Simulation And Modelling 080110
  • Surfacewater Hydrology 040608
  • Natural Resource Management 050209
  • Decision Support And Group Support Systems 080605
  • Environmental Science And Management 0502
  • Soil Sciences 0503

Research interests

Jenifer's research interests include soil science, hydrology, agricultural systems and modelling, and more recently integration techniques and decision support tools for natural resource management. Key research projects include the development of decision support tools to assist in the sustainable management of coastal lakes in NSW, and using Bayesian networks to assist Australia's NRM regions in targeting their investments to better meet their natural resource management targets. She is also working on a large collaborative project as part of the National Groundwater centre, investigating the social, economic, hydrological and ecological impacts of groundwater, particularly in the Namoi catchment. This builds upon her work investigating the impacts of climate and land use change on water yield in the upland Murray River Catchments using several modelling techniques.


  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), experiencing research in the treatment of sewerage waste water through crop irrigation, sustainable grazing systems, and wheat and rice crop breeding. She completed her PhD in conjunction with CSIRO (Division of Land and Water) and CRES (The Australian National University) in 2004, with an investigation of hillslope hydrology as it effects locating tree belt plantations to utilise excess water. Since completing her PhD Jenifer has worked at the Fenner School in the Integrated Catchment Assessment and Management (iCAM) group.

Researcher's projects

  • Landscape Logic (www.Landscapelogic.org.au) completed 2010: Investigation into the social and biophysical components of native vegetation management
  • National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT  http://www.groundwater.com.au/), and the CottonCRC: Integrated assessment modelling in the Namoi Catchment to be completed by December 2012: Development of an integrative model to assess the social, economic, governance and ecological trade-offs of water allocation in the Namoi catchment.

Available student projects

* Social research exploring the potential for groundwater to buffer impacts of drought and climate change in Australia's Murray-Darling Basin. Possible topics include the social accepatability of different options; and the institutional constraints to changes in governance required to achieve change.

* Social research exploring the influence of risk interpretation on irrigator decisions about trading groundwater.

* Social research examining the stability of rural landholder values, beliefs and attitudes over time. This research would draw on a unique time-series data set gathered at five-yearly intervals between 2002 and 2016 to compare the values, beliefs and attitudes of different occupational groups, enterprise types and modes of residence.


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