Dr Mirela Tulbure
Senior Lecturer
Field of Research: 
Wetlands and river dynamics, remote sensing, GIS
Contact details:
+61 2 9385 9106

Room 629, D26 Building
UNSW, Kensington 2052


Google Scholar; Twitter; ResearchGate; Linkedin; Geospatial Analysis for Environmental Change Lab

Research & Current Projects

I am an ARC DECRA fellow and senior lecturer in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Science and lead of the Geospatial analysis for environmental change lab. My work focuses on the integration of ecological research with the application of remote sensing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and spatial statistics across various spatial (landscape to continental) and temporal scales. I am currently conducting research on modelling extent of surface water dynamics, vegetation response to flooding, connectivity using network analysis and vegetation health assessment using lidar and hyperspectral data.

Current work focuses on the Murray-Darling River Basin, an area that covers one seventh of Australia and is subject to competing water demands. Prior work has focused on the southwest of Western Australia (one of the 25 global biodiversity hotspots in the world), the U.S. Great Lakes and Northern Great Plains and the Danube River Basin. I have worked largely in wetlands/surface water systems and agroecosystems.

Current projects of our lab:

ARC DECRA to Tulbure: “Water resources in a changing climate: the impact of climate and land use change on surface water dynamics and connectivity”

ARC Linkage Project in collaboration with the Murray-Darling Basin Authority to Tulbure, Kingsford, Lucas, Keith and Carlile: “A novel approach for assessing environmental flows using satellite data”



Post docs

Dr Mark Broich(research fellow):Contributing to“A novel approach for assessing environmental flows using satellite data” ARC Linkage Project

PhD Students

Iurii Shendryk: Multi-sensor remote sensing data fusion for assessment of River Red Gum health condition. A case study for Barmah-Millewa forest [main supervisor, jointly supervised with Dr Mark Broich]

Robbi Bishop-Taylor: Surface water networks: a graph theory approach [main supervisor, jointly supervised with Dr Mark Broich]

Valentin Heimhuber: Modelling surface water dynamics on large river basin scale from space [main supervisor, jointly supervised with Dr Mark Broich]

Research Assistants

Miles Davitt



Postdocs: I am interested in initiating collaborations with postdocs and will post vacancies affiliated with funded projects in our lab. I encourage potential postdocs to consider applying for a DECRA fellowships. Please contact me to discuss your interests, research ideas and further options.

Postgraduate students: I am interested in taking on postgraduate students for a PhD, Masters by Research or honours project. You will learn cutting edge technical and research skills. Interested PhD /Masters candidates should apply for an Australian Postgraduate Award (domestic students) or an International Research Candidate Scholarships (please note that I need to agree to being your supervisor prior to you submitting an application, otherwise I will not be able to support your application). Please contact me to explore this further. Your initial email should include your CV, transcripts from all degrees (finished and in progress), contact details of two referees, a piece of writing (e.g., a published manuscript, a draft manuscript or a project assignment that entailed writing a report) and English language certificate if you are international student who’s mother tongue is not English.

Example of projects available in our lab can be found here.

Undergraduates: We are always looking for motivated undergraduate students who are interested in getting involved with our lab’s research. Please contact me for more information on potential projects and internship options.



Advanced techniques in Remote Sensing (GEOS3811) - Lecturer, semester 1

Ground and Surface Water (GEOS2291) - Lecturer, semester 2


Selected Publications - (A complete list of publications is available on the Geospatial Analysis for Environmental Change Lab webpage)

(see also Google Scholar Citations):

Broich M., Huete A., M. Paget, X. Ma, Tulbure M.G., N. Restrepo-Coupe, B. Evans, J. Beringer, R. Devadas, K. Davies, & A. Held. (2015) A spatially explicit land surface data product for science, monitoring and natural resources management applications. Environmental Modelling and Software. 64: 191-204.

Tulbure, M.G., S. Kininmonth & M. Broich. (2014) Spatiotemporal dynamics of surface water networks across a global biodiversity hotspot – implications for conservation. Environmental Research Letters.  9: 114012.

         Featured in online media: Environmental Research Web; EurekAlert  

Broich M., Huete A., Tulbure M.G., X. Ma, Q. Xin, M. Paget, N. Restrepo-Coupe, K. Davies, R. Devadas & A. Held. (2014) Land surface phenological response to decadal climate variability across Australia using satellite remote sensing. Biogeosciences. 11 (5), 7685-7719.

Tulbure, M.G. & M. Broich. (2013) Spatiotemporal dynamic of surface water bodies using Landsat time-series data from 1999 to 2011. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry& Remote Sensing 79:44-52.             For an animation of the surface water dynamics click here

Data is freely available:

Tulbure, M.G. & M. Broich. (2013) Data from: Spatiotemporal dynamic of surface water bodies using Landsat time-series data from 1999 to 2011. Dryad Digital Repository. doi:10.5061/dryad.50003 [Downloaded 94]

Chintala R., M.C. Wimberly, G.D. Djira, & M.G.Tulbure.(2013) Interannual Variability of Crop Residue Potential in the North Central Region of the United States. Biomass and Bioenergy 49:231-238.

Tulbure, M.G. M.C. Wimberly & V. C. Owens. (2012) Response of switchgrass yields to future climate change.  Environmental Research Letters special issue on Biofuels. 7 045903.

Tulbure, M.G., D.M. Ghioca, C.A. Johnston & D.F. Whigham. (2012) Ventilationefficiency of        nonnative and native Phragmites australis (common reed) in tidal wetlands. Estuaries and     Coasts. 35(5): 1353-1359.

Tulbure, M.G., M.C. Wimberly, A. Boe, and V. Owens. (2012) Climatic and genetic controls ofyields of switchgrass, a model bioenergy species. Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Environment. 146(1): 121-129.       Featured on line on Renewable Energy Global Innovations.  

Tulbure, M.G., M.C. Wimberly, D.P. Roy & G.M. Henebry. (2011) Spatial and temporal heterogeneity of                agricultural fires in the central United States in relation to land cover and land use. Landscape Ecology. 26(2): 211-224.

Tulbure, M.G. & C.A. Johnston. (2010) Environmental conditions promoting non- native Phragmites australis expansion in Great Lakes coastal wetlands. Wetlands.30(3): 577-587.

Johnston, C. A., J.B. Zedler, M.G.Tulbure. (2010) Latitudinal Gradient of Floristic Condition among Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands. Journal of Great Lakes Research. 36(4):772-779.

Johnson, W.C., B. Werner, G. Guntenspergen, R.Voldseth, B. Millett, D.Naugle,M.G.Tulbure, R. Carroll, J. Tracy & C. Olawsky. (2010). Prairie Wetland Complexes as Functional Units in a Changing Climate. BioScience. 60(2):128-140.

Johnston, C. A., J.B. Zedler, M.G.Tulbure, C. B. Frieswyk, B. L. Bedford & L. Vaccaro. (2009) A Unifying Approach for Evaluating the Condition of Wetland Plant Communities and Identifying Related Stressors. 2009. Ecological Applications19(7): 1739-1757.

Tulbure, M.G., C.A. Johnston & D.L Auger. (2008) Rapid Invasion of a Great Lakes Coastal Wetland by non-native Phragmites australis and Typha. Journal of Great Lakes Research. 33(3): 269-279.

Ghioca, D., C. A. Johnston, and M.G.Tulbure. (2008) Assessing the Use of Multiseason QuickBird Imagery for Mapping a Lake Erie Coastal Marsh. Wetlands. 28(4): 1028-1039.

Johnston, C. A., B. Bedford, M. Bourdaghs, T. Brown, C. B. Frieswyk, M.G. Tulbure, L. Vaccaro & J. B. Zedler. (2008) Plant species indicators of physical environment in Great Lakes coastal marshes. Journal of Great Lakes Research 33(3): 106-124.

Johnston, C.A., Ghioca D, M.G. Tulbure, B. Bedford, M. Bourdaghs,C. B. Frieswyk, L. Vaccaro & J. B. Zedler. (2008) Partitioning vegetation response to anthropogenic stress to develop multi‑taxa indicators of wetland condition. Ecological Applications18(4): 983-1001.