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Rebecca Handcock

Rebecca Handcock

Rebecca holds a PhD in geography from the University of Toronto in Canada. Her research focused on linking spatiotemporal analysis of vegetation from satellite images to climate predictions. Further, she completed a MSc in environmental modelling and a BSc (Hons) from the University of Western Australia in information technology and geography.

Rebecca’s research fellowship at the University of Washington (USA) was on monitoring terrestrial stream temperatures through calibration of airborne and satellite thermal images. After returning to Australia, she worked for CSIRO for a decade, calibrating satellite remote sensing models of pasture biomass, and monitoring vegetation using senor networks. Rebecca’s recent work ranged from health and environment studies to research evaluation and bibliometrics.

Rebecca joined the Curtin Institute for Computation (CIC) in January 2020 as a Senior Data Scientist. Through the CIC, Rebecca works with the Curtin Open Knowledge Initiative (COKI), a world leading hub for researching open knowledge. Her role with COKI focuses on designing and implementing data analytics and visualisation of large datasets and translating between the technical and applied sides of projects.


Her key competences and research interests include:

  • Spatial analysis, remote sensing (including thermal) and image analysis
  • Data analysis, reporting, and visualisation
  • Data workflows and quality control