Dr David Pullar

Senior Lecturer

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Science
d.pullar@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 56522

Overview

Dr David Pullar's research interests are in: Geographical Information Science (Spatial analysis, Spatial modelling languages and frameworks, 3D visualisation, Environmental database applications) and Landscape Modelling (Catchment hydrology, Landuse change, Landscape dynamics).

David Pullar received his PhD from the University of Maine in 1994. His current research projects are in the fields of:

Incorporating Level Set Methods in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for Land-Surface Process ModellingUsing Spatial Simulation to Create a Process Classification of Provincial BioregionsEnvironmental Database Management and IntegrationHis collaborators include:Coastal CRCIntelligent Real-time Imaging and Sensing (IRIS)The Ecology CentreHigh Performance Computing, VisAC Lab

Research Interests

  • Incorporating Level Set Methods in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for Land-Surface Process Modelling
    The research uses a GIS as a generic modelling framework, and extends its analysis capability with an innovative technique to model complex systems. The modelling approach will be tested in two application areas: i) a watershed hydrology model for rainfall runoff and nutrient/sediment transport, and ii) ecological growth model to simulate the spread of infectious weeds.
  • Using Spatial Simulation to Create a Process Classification of Provincial Bioregions
    To develop a rigorous transparent and scientific methodology for defining biogeographical regions as a complex interaction of climate, landforms and biotic processes. A novel approach using simulation modelling is used to define high level spatial views of landscapes and ecosystem structures. The immediate project outcome is the classification and mapping of provincial bioregions for southeast Queensland distributed as a digital product. Other goals include: i) new methods and tools for landscape modelling, ii) improving Australia�s capacity to undertake biogeographical research, and iii) better environmental decision-making for nature conservation planning, land management, environmental policy formulation, and natural resource allocation.
  • Environmental Database Management and Integration
    As part of a CRC, we are developing online database for the storage, query, and interpretation of scientific data. The goal is to make environmental scientific data accessible and useful for decision makers.

Qualifications

  • PGDipLandInfMan, The University of New Brunswick
  • PhD, Maine
  • Master of Science, Maine
  • Bachelor of Applied Science, Queensland University of Technology

Publications

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Supervision

  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Master Philosophy

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Publications

Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Bourgoin, J. and Pullar, D. (2011). From blurred to sharp: Setting the standards for more pragmatic land use planning at the local level in Lao PDR. In: F. Chan, D. Marinova and R. S. Anderssen, MODSIM2011, 19th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation: Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand. 19th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation - Sustaining Our Future: Understanding and Living with Uncertainty, MODSIM2011, Perth, WA Australia, (1860-1866). 12 - 16 December 2011.

  • Nguyen, H. H., Pullar, D., Duke, N., McAlpine, C., Nguyen, H. T. and Johansen, K. (2010). Historic shoreline changes: an indicator of coastal vulnerability for human landuse and development in Kien Giang, Vietnam. In: 31st Asian Conference on Remote Sensing 2010 (ACRS 2010). Proceedings. ACRS 2010: 31st Asian Conference on Remote Sensing, Hanoi, Vietnam, (1835-1843). 1-5 November, 2010.

  • Price, Bronwyn, McAlpine, Clive, Ward, Doug, Kutt, Alex, Phinn, Stuart and Pullar, David (2009). Time matters: The importance of temporal and spatial resource variability for savanna birds. In: Ecology in a Changing Climate: Two Hemispheres - One Globe. The 10th International Congress of Ecology proceedings. 10th International Congress of Ecology, Brisbane, Australia, (). 16-21 August 2009.

  • Newby, J. and Pullar, D. V. (2009). Using geoprocessing tools to model the potential impact of landcare on the spatial pattern of sediment delivery. In: R.S. Anderssen, R.D. Braddock and L.T.H. Newham, A Bayesian network approach to integrating economic and biophysical modelling. The 18th World IMACS Congress and MODSIM09 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, Cairns, Australia, (1943-1949). 13–17 July 2009.

  • Pullar, David, Tan, Jamie and Fox, Julian (2008). Using geospatial intelligence to assess the invasive threat of Chilean needle grass (Nassella neesiana). In: R.D. van Klinken, V.A. Osten, F.D. Panetta and J.C. Scanlan, 16th Australian Weeds Conference proceedings: Weed management 2008 - hot topics in the tropics. 16th Australian Weeds Conference, Cairns, Australia, (43-44). 19-22 May 2008.

  • Stimson, Robert J., Bell, Martin J., Corcoran, Jonathan, Chhetri, Prem, Pullar, David V., Cooper, James A. and Tiebei Li (2007). A Large Scale Urban Model to simulate and visualize growth in the Brisbane-South East Queensland region. In: Place and Purpose, The Capital, Bendigo, Victoria, (1-23). 30-31 May 2007.

  • Fox, J., Buckley, Y.M. and Pullar, D. V. (2007). An integrated landscape modelling tool for simulating the dispersal syndromes of invasive plants. In: Lex Oxley and Don Kulasiri, Proceedings of the International Congresson Modelling and Simulation. Land, Water and Environmental Management: Integrated Systems for Sustainability, Christchurch, New Zealand, (1265-1272). 10-13 December 2007.

  • Price, Bronwyn, McAlpine, Clive, Phinn, Stuart, Kutt, Alex, Pullar, David and Levin, Noam (2007). Beyond discrete boundaries in Australian savannas: avian response to continuous versus discrete models of landscape structure. In: Proceedings of the Ecological Society of Australia Annual Conference 2007. Adapting to Change: Ecological Society of Australia Annual Conference 2007, Perth, Australia, (). 25 - 30 November 2007.

  • Stimson, Robert J., Bell, Martin J., Corcoran, Jonathan, Chhetri, Prem, Pullar, David V., Cooper, James A. and Tiebei Li (2007). Developing a Large Scale Model to simulate growth in the Brisbane-South East Queensland region. In: 20th Conference for the pacific Regional Science Conference Organization (PRSCO) 2007, Vancouver, BC, Canada, (1-30). 6-9 May 2007.

  • Pullar, D., Zhang, J. F., Hunter, J. and Zhou, X. (2007). Integrative Environmental Queries Using Geospatial Web Services. In: Proceedings of the Distributed Geoinformatics and Sensing, Ubiquity, and Mobility (DG/SUM07). Distributed Geoinformatics and Sensing, Ubiquity, and Mobility (DG/SUM07), Melbourne, Australia, (). 19 September, 2007.

  • Levin, N., McAlpine, C., Phinn, S., Price, B., Pullar, D., Law, B. S. and Kavanagh, R. P. (2007). Moving from discrete to continuous landscape metrics using remote sensing: The ecological significance of paddock trees for bird richness. In: Les Oxley and Don Kulasiri, International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. MODSIM 2007, Christchurch, New Zealand, (1342-1348). 10 -13 December 2007.

  • Price, Bronwyn, McAlpine, Clive A., Phinn, Stuart R., Pullar, David V. and Ludwig, J. A. (2007). Testing the ecological significance of gradients in habitat quality for fauna in Australian savannas. In: R.G.H. Bunce, R.H.G. Jongman, L. Hojas and S. Weel, 25 Years of Landscape Ecology: Scientific Principles in Practice: Proceedings of the 7th IALE World Congress. International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE) World congress, Wageningen, The Netherlands, (335-336). 8-12 July 2007.

  • Pullar, D. V. and Phan, T. H. (2007). Using a Bayesian Network in a GIS to Model Relationships and Threats to Koala Populations Close to Urban Environments. In: Les Oxley and Don Kulasiri, MODSIM 2007: Land, Water and Environmental Management: Integrated Systems for Sustainability. International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, (1370-1375). December 2007.

  • Thompson, R., van Oosterom, P. and Pullar, David (2006). Robust representation and analysis of geo-information. In: AutoCarto, Vancouver, Washington, (). 26-28 June 2006.

  • Chhetri, P., Corcoran, J., Stimson, R. J., Bell, M. J., Pullar, D. V. and Cooper, J. A. (2006). The application of subjectively weighted attractiveness scenarios for urban allocation modelling. In: International Geographical Union Congress, Brisbane, Australia, (). 3-7 July 2006.

  • Pullar, David V., Kingston, Mark and Panetta, Dane (2006). Weed surveillance strategies using models of weed dispersal in landscapes. In: C. Preston, J.H. Watts and N.D. Crossman, 15th Australian Weeds Conference Proceedings: managing weeds in a changing climate. 15th Australian Weeds Conference, Adelaide Convention Centre, (711-714). 24-28 September 2006.

  • Pullar, D. (2005). Place-based indicators for natural resource planning. In: MODSIM05 abstrracts: International Congress on Modelling and Simulation : advances and applications for management and decision making. MODSIM 2005 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, (). 12th - 15th December 2005.

  • Pettit, C. and Pullar, D. V. (2004). Collaborative decision-making processes for maintaining biodiversity: Two Australian case studies. In: Pahl-Wostl, C.; Schmidt, S.; Rizzoli, A.E. and Jakeman and A.J., Transactions of the 2nd Biennial Meeting of the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society. iEMSs 2004 - Complexity and Integrated Resources Management, Osnabruck, Germany, (253-258). 14-17 June 2004.

  • Pullar, D. V., Low Choy, S. and Rochester, W. A. (2004). Ecoregion classification using a bayesian approach and centre-focused clusters. In: Pahl-Wostl, C.; Schmidt, S.; Rizzoli, Andrea, Jakeman and J., Transactions of the 2nd Biennial Meeting of the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society. iEMSs 2004 - Complexity & Integrated Resources Management, Osnabruck, Germany, (927-932). 14-17 June, 2004.

  • Pullar, D. V. (2004). Incorporating level set methods in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for land-surface process modelling. In: Pahl-Wostl, Schmidt, C., Rizzoli, S., A.E. and Jakeman and A.J., Transactions of the 2nd Biennial Meeting of the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society. iEMSs 2004 - Complexity & Integrated Resources Management, Osnabruck, Germany, (415-420). 14-17 June 2004.

  • Voigt, M., Tidey, M., Pullar, D. V. and Clarkson, I.V.L. (2003). Pedestrian navigation in three dimensions using a handheld computer. In: Will Featherstone, SatNav 2003 Conference Proceedings. The 6th International Conference on Satellite Navigation Tech, Melbourne, Victoria, (1-13). 22-25 July, 2003.

  • Pullar, David V. and Petit, C. (2003). Urban environmental planning and growth forecasting using GIS. In: Proceedings of the State of Australian Cities Conference. State of Australian Cities Conference, Parramatta, NSW, Australia, (). 3-5 December 2003.

  • Pullar, D. V. (2002). A geodatabase application for 3D urban information systems. In: W. Cartwright, MSIA2002. MSIA2002, Melbourne, (1-15). 12-15 May, 2002.

  • Pullar, D. V. (2002). A modelling framework incorporating a map algebra programming language. In: A. Rizzoli and A. Jakeman, International Environmental Modelling and Software Society Conference. IEMSS 2002, Lugano, Switzerland, (271-276). 24-27 June, 2002.

  • Pettit, M., Pullar, D. V. and Stimson, R. J. (2002). An integrated multi-scale decision support framework. In: A. Rizzoli and A. Jakeman, IEMSS 2002. IEMSS 2002, Lugaro, Switzerland, (36-41). 24-27 June 2002.

  • Pettit, C. and Pullar, D. V. (2002). Formulating a successful online course for E-learning. In: G. Hugo, Joint AURISA and Inst. of Surveyors Conference. e-future into the mainstream, Adelaide, Adelaide Convention Centre, (). 25-30 November, 2002.

  • Wang, X. and Pullar, D. V. (2002). Vector map algebra for dynamic erosion/deposition modelling. In: A. Zayegh and C. Berger-Vachon, Modelling and Simulation. The Fourth International Conference of Modelling & Simulation, Victoria University, Melbourne, (339-344). 11-13 November, 2002.

  • Pullar, D. V. and Fentie, B. (2001). Extending map algebra for dynamics spatial models. In: F. Chassemi, P. Whetton, R. Little and M. Littleboy, MODSIM 2001. MODSIM, Canberra, Australia, (949-954). 10-13 Dec. 2001.

  • Pettit, C. and Pullar, D. V. (2001). Planning scenarios for the growth of Hervey Bay. In: Proceedings of 6th International Conference on GeoComputation. , The University of Queensland, Brisbane, (1-12). 24-26 Sept. 2001.

  • Pullar, D. V. (2000). GeoServer: An implementation of a geographical digital library. In: P. Whigham, SIRC 2000. SIRC 2000 The Evocation of Spatial Knowledge, Dunedin, New Zealand, (259-265). 10 -13 Dec. 2000.

  • Pullar, D. V. (2000). Integrating dynamic spatial models with discrete event simulation. In: T. Landers, Papers from SimTecT2000. Sim TecT 2000: Simulation Technology and Training Conference, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia, (). 28 February - 2 March, 2000.

  • Pettit, C. and Pullar, D. V. (2000). Towards incorporating dynamic consequences into regional planning scenarios. In: C. Roach, AURISA 2000 Conference Proceedings. AURISA 2000, Hyatt Regency Coolum, Qld Australia, (CD-Rom). 20-24 Nov, 2000.

  • Pullar, D. V. and Pettit, C. (2000). Use of decision support systems: Decision alchemy or science. In: C. Roach, AURISA2000 Conference Proceedings. AURISA 2000, Hyatt Regency Coolum, Qld Australia, (CD-Rom). 20-24 Nov 2000.

  • McAlpine, C. A. and Pullar, D. (1998). Spatial and temporal models of forest structure: tools for sustainably managing Queensland's mixed aged forests at the landscape level. In: D. Flinn, G. Dolman, R. Haines, U. Karjalainen and J. Raison, Proceedings of the International conference on indicators for sustainable forest management: fostering stakeholder input into the development of scientifically-based indicators. International conference on indicators for sustainable forest management: fostering stakeholder input into the development of scientifically-based indicators, Melbourne, Australia, (). 1998.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

Completed Supervision