Dr Luciana Laura Porfirio





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.


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


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