Professor Marta Yebra

Professor in Environment and Engineering
ANU College of Science

Areas of expertise

  • Environmental Monitoring 050206
  • Natural Hazards 040604
  • Surface Processes 040607
  • Ecosystem Function 050102
  • Photogrammetry And Remote Sensing 090905


Dr Marta Yebra is a Professor in Environmental Engineering at the Fenner School of Environment & Society and the School of Engineering. She is the Director of the Bushfire Research Centre of Excellence supported by Anu and Optus which aims to protect Australia from catastrophic bushfires. She is a also Mission Specialist at the ANU Institute for Space. Her research focuses on developing applications of remote sensing for the management of fire risk and impact at local, regional and global scales. 

From 2004-2010 she was employed at the University of Alcala, where she was involved in two large multidisciplinary projects which assessed and integrated the main fire risk factors and analysed fire risk trends, considering potential changes in socio-economic factors as well as foreseen impacts of climate change. During her research, she spent time at the Centre for Spatial Technologies and Remote Sensing (University of California at Davis, USA); the National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA, Argentina) and the School of Environmental and Life Sciences of Salford (UK).

From 2010 to 2013 Marta was a postdoctoral fellow at CSIRO Land and Water as developing innovative methods to integrate satellite and in-situ observations from micrometeorological tower sites with models to predict carbon-water coupling. 

In 2017, Dr Yebra was awarded the prestigious Max Day Environmental Science Fellowship from the Australian Academy of Science. She was also awarded the CSIRO Pyne-Scott Career Award in 2013 and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC's Outstanding Achievement in Research Utilization award in 2019. She was named 2023 Academic of the Year by teh AUstralian Space Award 

She has been invited to present at >30 national and international conferences, including two keynote talks. Dr Yebra has been a member of nine scientific conference committees, inlcuding hte ACT Multi Hazards Advisory Council and convenor of national and international conferences and workshops.

She has taught in 13 undergraduate and graduate courses, including "Environmental Sensing, Mapping and Modelling", "Advanced Remote Sensing and GIS", "Fire in the Environment", and "Environmental measurement, modelling and monitoring". She supervises honours and graduates research scholars in diverse wildland fire topics (see below).

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