Dr Robert Armstrong

Research Fellow

Centre for Crop Science
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
+61 7 535 15086


Dr. Robert Armstrong is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan,(B Sc, M Sc, Ph D), Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Prior to his 3 year fixed term appointment as Research Officer at QAAFI he recieved an NSERC Visiting Fellowship award with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) from 2011 - 2014. During this period he was the lead researcher on projects involving the integration of a digital elevation model analysis tool that could aid in identifying flood hazards as part of a land and infrastructure resiliency assessment project, and also contintental scale spatial and statistical climatological analysis related to resiliency enhancement of agro-ecological production zones in Canada.

Some of Dr. Armstrong's earlier roles have included: project coordination and research assistance with the University of Saskatchewan (2003 - 2005) for a climate change and water use project focused on the South Saskatchewan River Basin; working as a summer student technical assistant with the University of Saskatchewan, Department of Agriculture, Crop Development Centre; and various roles relating to spatial and statistical analysis for applied hydrological, meteorological, and GIS applications. Dr. Armstrong has received awards across various disciplinces related to his geospatial modelling and analysis research, including: Olav Slaymaker award, Geological Association of Canada (best student poster); Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) Canada, GIS scholarship (Ph D); and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (NSERC postdoctoral visiting fellowship award).

Dr. Armstrong's specialty research areas include, quantitative geospatial and statistical analysis using geographical information systems (GIS), analysis of remote sensed aerial imagery; development of geospatial and imagery analytical tools using the R statistical and graphical programming language; climate impacts and risks related to agricultural production; agro-ecological and environmental modelling using big data analytics; hydrological and flood hazard analysis of complex Canadian Prairie environments; and scaling impacts on terrain analysis, land surface and hydrological parameterisation and evaporation modelling.

Research Interests

  • Agro-Ecological Risk of LMA in Wheat
    My current research is focused on developing a predictive risk model for late maturity Alpha Amylase (LMA), in wheat crops, across varying spatial scales for the wheat producing shires of Australia. This will be achieved through an integrated modelling approach that includes, regional scale and experimental site scale information, historical weather data, and biophysical crop development.
  • Developing Geospatial and Statistical Analytical Tools
    My other areas of research interest also include the development of geospatial analytical tools applicable to high resolution remote sensing imagery captured from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and proximal sensing platforms; and geospatial environmental and statistical modelling related to ecohydrology, agro-meteorology, climate change risks, digital terrain model development and analysis, land surface parameterisation, and flood hazard analysis of complex post-glacial environments.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Saskatchewan


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Book Chapter

  • Pomeroy, John W., MacDonald, Matthew K., Dornes, Pablo F. and Armstrong, Robert (2016). Water budgets in ecosystems. A biogeoscience approach to ecosystems. (pp. 88-131) edited by Edward A. Johnson and Yvonne E. Martin. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

  • Armstrong, Robert, Kayter, Cameron, Shook, Kevin and Hill, Harvey (2013). Using the wetland DEM ponding model as a diagnostic tool for prairie flood hazard assessment. Putting prediction in ungauged basins into practice. (pp. 255-270) edited by John W. Pomeroy, Christopher Spence and Paul H. Whitfield. Toronto, Canada: Canadian Water Resources Association.

  • Thorne, Robin, Armstrong, Robert N., Woo, Ming-ko and Martz, Lawrence W. (2008). Lessons from macroscale hydrologic modeling: experience with the hydrologic model SLURP in the Mackenzie Basin. Cold Region Atmospheric and Hydrologic Studies. The Mackenzie GEWEX Experience: Volume 2: Hydrologic Processes. (pp. 397-410) edited by Ming-ko Woo. Berlin, Germany: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-540-75136-6_21

  • Martz, Lawrence W., Pietroniro, Alain, Shaw, Dean A., Armstrong, Robert N., Laing, Boyd and Lacroix, Martin (2008). Re-scaling river flow direction data from local to continental scales. Cold Region Atmospheric and Hydrologic Studies. The Mackenzie GEWEX Experience: Volume 2: Hydrologic Processes. (pp. 371-396) edited by Ming-ko Woo. Berlin, Germany: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-540-75136-6_20

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