Monitoring vegetation and fauna through GIS and remote sensing

Lorna is currently working as part of a collaboration team to design of guidelines to restore and monitor the progression of the restoration of understorey vegetation at Ranger Mine, NT. She is also leading a project modelling wildlife dispersal patterns that aims to mitigate road effects on wildlife in Kenya.

Lorna has a BSc degree in Biology from Universidad de las Americas - Puebla (Mexico), with an honours equivalent, which dealt with spatial and temporal characteristics of birds in urban environments of Puebla. In 2008, she obtained a MSc degree in Range and Wildlife Management form Sul Ross State University, in Texas (USA), where she was given the ‘outstanding graduate student’ award. Lorna’s MSc thesis looked at home range and movement rates of jaguars in Paraguay based on GPS-telemetry. She has also used camera traps to monitor medium-sized carnivores (coyotes, ring-tailed cats, bobcats, skunks and grey foxes) in Big Bend National Park, Texas.

Lorna continued to work with GIS and remote sensing, developing habitat suitability models for mountain lions and black bears, in Texas and northern Mexico. In 2012, she was awarded a scholarship from the Mexican National Council for Science and Technology and UQ, to conduct a PhD from 2013, to in July 2017.

During her PhD, Lorna received funding to from Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment, the Department of Parks and Wildlife of Western Australia, and the National Environmental Science Programme, Threatened Species Recovery Hub, as well as a travel award from The University of Queensland. The PhD project involved different ecological aspects of the endangered northern quoll in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, including the characterisation of its habitat. In early 2017, Lorna was a research assistant with the Quantitative Applied Spatial Ecology Group at QUT, where she worked with drone derived remote sensing.


  • CONACYT [Mexican National Council for Science and Technology- to the exterior] (Scholarship)
  • The University of Queensland (Scholarship and travel award)
  • Department of Parks and Wildlife, Western Australia (In kind)
  • Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment, ANZ Trustees, Australia. (Small grant)
  • National Environmental Science Programme (NESP) Threatened Species Recovery Hub PhD Support Funds (Top-up grant)