The Centre’s Core Team
The core team is spread across several national offices. Over 80 CSIRO scientists, engineers and researchers around the country also make important contributions to the work of the Centre.
Dr Alex HeldDirector, Canberra
- As well as Director of the Centre, Alex is also serving as the co-lead of the “Landscapes Assessment” facility of Australia’s “Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network” – TERN, which provides free and open access to various satellite-derived products for ecosystem science and land management. Previously he served as Head of COSSA (the CSIRO Office of Space Science and Applications) from 2004 -December 2007, representing Australia at several space-related international committees, and served as a member of the National Committee for Space Science of the Australian Academy of Science. He was part of the team which held the 2016 Chair of the international Committee on Earth Observation Satellites – CEOS. He is a plant physiologist from the University of California, Davis, and has been linking remote sensing and vegetation mapping at CSIRO since arriving in Australia 26 years ago.
Flora KerblatInternational Coordination and Partnerships, Adelaide
- Flora is a French geographer holding a Master’s degree in Geopolitics from the Sorbonne University. Drawing on her 10-year experience in international development & project management including several years with CSIRO on Earth Observation projects, Flora's role focuses on partnerships across the globe. In addition to managing bilateral agreements with stakeholders (mostly Space agencies), she supports CEOS (Committee on Earth Observation Satellites) and GEO (Group on Earth Observations) activities by coordinating CSIRO efforts in CEOS & GEO governance bodies, and also more specifically on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). She also handles analysis, research & communication activities, such as co-authoring and editing for a special Issue of Remote Sensing of Environment on SDG (2020), the CEOS handbook on SDG (2018), and the White Paper on Earth Observation & Official Statistics for the UN Global Working Group on Satellite Imagery and Geo-Spatial Information (2016). Recently she was actively involved in the preparation of the GEO Week (Canberra, Nov. 2019), and is currently working closely with Geoscience Australia as the CSIRO coordinator of the CEOS Strategic Implementation Team (SIT) Chair 2020-21, which includes the organisation of international strategic meetings. She has also joined the new AquaWatch Phase-0 project team as the international engagement coordinator.
Jennifer ZhuCoordination and Communications, Canberra
Jennifer Zhu comes from a background in science and government. She has an ANU Honours degree in Physics, a European Masters in Social Science, and is a graduate of the International Space University's Space Studies Program (SSP19). Her career path has taken her through the Australian and New Zealand public services, working in domains as diverse as nuclear, innovation, immigration, agriculture, international trade, as well as the Prime Minister’s Department. After several years of working overseas and extensive travel she is back in Canberra working in the Australian space sector. Recently she was seconded part-time to Geoscience Australia to assist with 'Team Australia' preparations for GEO Week and Ministerial Summit 2019. She is currently seconded part-time to the Australian Space Agency exploring how Earth observations from space can assist with bushfire risk management, and working on a strategic Roadmap for the future of the sector in Australia.
Laura BrindleSatellite Operations and Data Manager, Sydney
- Laura manages CSIRO’s new requirements for satellite tasking, downlink and data distribution, initially for CSIRO’s 10% capacity share in the NovaSAR-1 satellite. Laura joins the team with 8 years experience in the European satellite industry, having previously worked for DMC International Imaging Ltd (originally a subsidiary of SSTL, the UK manufacturer and operator of NovaSAR-1), and Airbus Defence & Space.
Dr Amy ParkerNovaSAR Applications, Perth
- Amy Parker manages CSIRO’s requirements satellite applications for NovaSAR-1. Amy is a synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data expert. She has a PhD from the University of Bristol, UK, and has authored numerous publications on the use of SAR interferometry to understand natural hazards. She currently leads a CSIRO SAR Science Initiative. Prior to joining CSIRO Amy has worked with Curtin University and Geoscience Australia, and she is currently a DECRA Fellow with Curtin University.
Woodcock, RobertEO Data Analytics, Canberra
- Dr Robert Woodcock is a Research Scientist and Consultant in Earth Data and Analytics, at the CSIRO. He is responsible for a portfolio of activities involving national spatial data infrastructure and earth observation data analysis and integration platforms. His team’s portfolio has seen national application in Australian Industry and Government including the AuScope geoscience information infrastructure. Internationally, he was the co-chair of the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) Future Data Access and Analysis Architectures ad-hoc team developing strategy for international earth observation information exchange and analysis platforms. Robert has worked for almost two decades in the field of visualisation, spatial information systems and analytics and its application to Earth Science with a focus on ensuring research innovation leads to business innovation. Dr Woodcock’s current roles include: Project Leader of CCEO's Earth Data and Analysis, Project Leader, CSIRO Earth Analytics Science and Innovation (EASI) Hub and Chair CEOS Working Group on Information Systems and Services.