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Anne-Gaelle Ausseil

Researcher
Land Use & Ecosystems
Anne-Gaelle Ausseil
Location
Wellington
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Research interests

Academic Qualifications:

M. Sc. Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Montpellier (School of Agronomical Engineering of Montpellier), France, 1997.
Post-graduate diploma (1st class Hons.), University of Montpellier, (Automatic Control Engineering), 1998.
Ph. D., University of Montpellier (Image processing for Agricultural Engineering), 2001.

Professional positions held:

2019- Secondee to the Office of the Prime Minister Chief Science Advisor with MfE on development of well-being indicators linked to nature
2012- Research Priority Area Leader, Wellington
2009-2012 Objective Leader, Landcare Research, Palmerston North
2002-2009 Research Scientist, Landcare Research, Palmerston North
1998-2001 PhD student, IRSTEA, Montpellier, France

Honours/distinctions/membership of societies, institutions, committees:

2020 Nominated to the expert group for scoping the nexus assessment water-food-energy-biodiversity-health (IPBES)
2020 Member of the Senior Science Mataraunga Team advisory panel for "Our Freshwater 2020" (MfE)
2019 Member of the New Zealand delegation for the 7th IPBES plenary, UNESCO, Paris, may 2019
2019 Member of the science advisory panel for "Environment Aotearoa" 2019 (MfE)
2018 Wellingtonian of the Year Science and Technology finalist
2018 Science advisor lead for "Our Land" 2018 (MfE)
2018 Member of the working group on Natural Capital assessment in the Living Standards Framework (Treasury)
2018 Member of the reference group on System of Environmental Economics Accounting (StatsNZ)
2017 Member of the Technical Advisory Group for Land Domain Reporting
2015-17 Coordinating Lead author for the Asia-Pacific regional assessment for the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
2014 Nominated to the expert group for scoping regional assessments (IPBES)
2013- Member of the Ecosystem services Partnership (Wageningen University)
2011- Member of the Sub-global assessment network (UNEP-WCMC)
2005 Travel grant to New Caledonia (ISAT)
2002 French Academy of Agriculture award (silver medal for deserving PhD students)

Present Research/professional Speciality:

  • Project Leader on "Climate change impacts on land use suitability" for Deep South Challenge
  • Research Priority Area Leader on Ecosystem services state and trends in the "Characterising land resources" portfolio.
  • Programme Leader of "Innovative Data Analysis for reporting and decision making" (Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment funding for 2014-2018). Development of techniques for better recording of provenance, uncertainties and workflow of indicators in the land, soil and biodiversity domains for environmental reporting.
  • Case study leader in "climate change impacts and implication" (MBIE programme) Development of integrated research in Kaituna catchment for future scenarios.
  • Development of models for mapping ecosystem services at national to regional scale

Major achievements in commercial, social and environmental areas

  • Contributed to the approval of the "Global Assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystem services" from IPBES, 8th plenary session, UNESCO, Paris, may 2019.
  • Coordinating Lead author in the InterGovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Contribution in Asia-Pacific assessment.
  • Awarded a research grant from Deep South National Science Challenge (in partnership with Our Land and Water National Science Challenge) to work on cliamte change impacts on land use suitability.
  • Developed methodology for upscaling at regional and national scale greenhouse gas emission, carbon sequestration and other ecosystem services (water quality, water quantity, habitat provision, food & fibre) as a function of land use, soil and climate.
  • Developed methodology for objective regional mapping and prioritising of wetlands from satellite. This provide overview information to local and central governments to better allocate resources in wetland conservation
  • Project leader in the national mapping of wetlands for the Waters of National Importance programme. This work led to the first national freshwater wetland map at 1:50,000 scale.
  • Developped international linkages with New Caledonia by setting up a project on erosion modeling to evaluate the impact of erosion due to mining in New Caledonia.
  • Developed methodology for regional mapping of land slides following the February 2004 storm in the Manawatu/Wanganui region. Participated to seminar for public awareness of erosion issues.
  • Regional contact for commercial promotion of Land Environments of New Zealand (LENZ).
  • Ph.D thesis demonstrated the feasibility of automatic weed identification from near-ground digital cameras, which should lead to major reductions in herbicide use combined with increased effectiveness.

Qualifications

Montpellier
PhD Inmage Proc-Agronomy
2002

Montpellier
MSc Agronomy & Info Technology
1997

Publications

Robertson HA, Ausseil AG, Rance B, Betts H, Pomeroy E 2019. Loss of wetlands since 1990 in Southland, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 43(1). <Go to ISI>://WOS:000460310400005

Teixeira EI, de Ruiter J, Ausseil A-G, Daigneault A, Johnstone P, Holmes A, Tait A, Ewert F 2018. Adapting crop rotations to climate change in regional impact modelling assessments. Science of the Total Environment 616–617: 785–795. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.10.247

Harper C, Ausseil AG 2018. Regional Research Update Issue 1. Climate changes how we can use our land. https://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/publications/newsletters/regional/issue-1, updated June 2018.

Spiekermann R, Herzig A, Dymond J, Basher L, Betts H, Jolly B, Medyckyi-Scott D, Ausseil AG, Phillips C 2018. SedNetNZ and the challenges of science-driven erosion control in policy and practice. Proceedings: American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, New Orleans, USA, 10-14 April 2018.

Monge JJ, Daigneault AJ, Dowling LJ, Harrison DR, Awatere S, Ausseil AG 2018. Implications of future climatic uncertainity on payments in forest ecosystem services: The case of the East Coast of New Zealand. Ecosystem Services [early view online].

Ausseil AGE, Dymond JR, Newstrom L 2018. Mapping floral resources for honey bees in New Zealand at the catchment scale. Ecological Applications 28(5): 1182-1196. <Go to ISI>://WOS:000436868600005

Monge JJ, Daigneault AJ, Dowling LJ, Harrison DR, Awatere S, Ausseil AG 2018. Implications of future climatic uncertainty on payments for forest ecosystem services: The case of the East Coast of New Zealand. Ecosystem Services 33: 199-212. <Go to ISI>://WOS:000446521600009

Herzig A, Nguyen TT, Ausseil AGE, Maharjan GR, Dymond JR, Arnhold S, Koellner T, Rutledge D, Tenhunen J 2018. Assessing resource-use efficiency of land use. Environmental Modelling & Software 107: 34-49. <Go to ISI>://WOS:000439567900004

Ausseil AGE, Dymond JR, Newstrom L 2018. Mapping floral resources for honey bees in New Zealand at the catchment scale. Ecological Applications 28(5): 1182-1196. <Go to ISI>://WOS:000436868600005

Beare M, Van der Weerden T, Ausseil AG, Baisden T, Teixeira E, Vogeler I, Keller ED, de Klein C 2017. Identifying climate attributes that impact on land use suitability: Our Landc and Water National Science Challenge. Plant & Food Research. 18 p.

Teixeira EI, Zhao G, de Ruiter J, Brown H, Ausseil AG, Meenken E, Ewert F 2017. The interactions between genotype, management and environment in regional crop modelling. European Journal of Agronomy 88: 106-115. <Go to ISI>://WOS:000405255100011

Teixeira EI, Zhao G, de Ruiter J, Brown H, Ausseil A-G, Meenken E, Ewert F 2017. The interactions between genotype, management and environment in regional crop modelling. European Journal of Agronomy 88: 106–115. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.eja.2016.05.005

Rutledge DT, Ausseil A-GE, Baisden WT, Bodeker G, Booker D, Cameron MP, Collins DBG, Daigneault A, Fernandez M, Frame B, Keller E, Kremser S, Kirschbaum MUF, Lewis J, Mullan B, Reisinger A, Sood A, Stuart S, Tait A, Teixeira E, Timar L, Zammit C 2017. Identifying feedbacks, understanding cumulative impacts and recognising limits: a national integrated assessment: synthesis report RA3. Climate Changes, Impacts and Implications for New Zealand to 2100. 83 p. http://ccii.org.nz/outputs/

Julian JP, de Beurs KM, Owsley B, Davies-Colley RJ, Ausseil A-GE 2017. River water quality changes in New Zealand over 26 years: response to land use intensity. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 21(2): 1149–1171. https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-1149-2017

2016. Soil Horizons 25. Palmerston North, N.Z., Landcare Research New Zealand. http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/publications/newsletters/soil/issue-25

Garrett L, Ausseil A-G, Williams T, Dominati E, Dymond J 2016. Co-innovation leads to high impact indicators: Our Land and Water National Science Challenge indicators think-piece. 14 p. http://www.ourlandandwater.nz/assets/Uploads/Co-innovation-Leads-to-High-Impact-Indicators-Think-Piece-for-Our-Land-and-Water.pdf

Bodmin K, Ausseil A-G, Zammit C 2016. Wetland ecosystems. In: Robertson H, Bowie S, Death R, Collins D ed. Proceedings: Freshwater conservation under a changing climate: a workshop hosted by the Department of Conservation, Wellington, N.Z., 10–11 December, 2013. Pp. 31–35. http://www.doc.govt.nz/Documents/conservation/climate-change-proceedings.pdf

Ausseil AGE, Bodmin K, Daigneault A, Teixeira E, Keller ED, Kirschbaum MUF, Timar L, Dunningham A, Zammit C, Stephens S, Cameron M, Blackett P, Harmsworth G, Frame B, Reisinger A, Tait A, Rutledge D 2016. Climate change impacts and implications: an integrated assessment in a lowland environment of New Zealand. In: Sauvage S, Sánchez-Pérez JM, Rizzoli AE ed. Proceedings: 8th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software (iEMSs), Toulouse, France, July 10–14, 2016. Pp. 1132–1139. http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/iemssconference/2016/Stream-D/76/

Mason NWH, Mudge PL, Palmer D, McLeod M, Ausseil A-G, Dymond J 2016. Catchment-scale contribution of invasive nitrogen fixing shrubs to nitrate leaching: a scoping study. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 46(2): 85–102. http://doi.org/10.1080/03036758.2015.1127261

Herzig A, Dymond J, Ausseil A-G 2016. Exploring limits and trade-offs of irrigation and agricultural intensification in the Ruamahanga catchment, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research 59(3): 216–234. http://doi.org/10.1080/00288233.2016.1183685

Dymond JR, Serezat D, Ausseil A-GE, Muirhead RW 2016. Mapping of Escherichia coli sources connected to waterways in the Ruamahanga catchment, New Zealand. Environmental Science & Technology 50(4): 1897–1905. http://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.5b05167

Dymond JR, Herzig A, Basher L, Betts HD, Marden M, Phillips CJ, Ausseil A-GE, Palmer DJ, Clark M, Roygard J 2016. Development of a New Zealand SedNet model for assessment of catchment-wide soil-conservation works. Geomorphology 257: 85–93. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2015.12.022

Giltrap DL, Ausseil A-GE 2016. Upscaling NZ-DNDC using a regression based meta-model to estimate direct N2O emissions from New Zealand grazed pastures. Science of the Total Environment 539: 221–230. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.08.107

Ausseil A-G, Medyckyj-Scott D, Ritchie A, Manderson A, Jolly B, Cooper J 2016. The Innovative Data Analysis research programme: an overview and progress to date. Soil Horizons. http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/publications/newsletters/soil/issue-25

Manderson A, Dymond J, Ausseil A-G 2015. Climate change impacts on water quality outcomes from the Sustainable Land Use Initiative (SLUI). Horizons Regional Council. 26 p. http://www.envirolink.govt.nz/Envirolink-reports/1-NLCC1/1522-HZLC116/

Herzig A, Dymond J, Ausseil A-G 2015. Irrigation - intensification - illumination: exploring limits and trade-offs in agricultural intensification. Landcare Research Link. http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/84458/Irrigation-Intensification-Illumination.pdf.

Ausseil A-GE, Jamali H, Clarkson BR, Golubiewski NE 2015. Soil carbon stocks in wetlands of New Zealand and impact of land conversion since European settlement. Wetlands Ecology and Management 23(5): 947–961. http://doi.org/10.1007/s11273-015-9432-4

Dymond J, Ausseil A-GE, Peltzer DA, Herzig A 2015. Conditions and trends of ecosystem services in New Zealand - a synopsis. Solutions 6(5): 38–45. http://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/node/237283

Herzig A, Ausseil A-G, Dymond J 2014. [Abstract] Irrigation = degradation? Exploring limits and trade-offs in catchment-scale soil water management. Proceedings: New Zealand Society of Soil Science 2014 Conference "Soil Science for Future Generations", Hamilton, New Zealand, 1-4 December 2014. Pp. 47.

Ausseil A-G, Rutledge D, Dymond J 2014. Climate change impacts on ecosystem services. Soil Horizons 23: 13. http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/84691/Soil_Horizons_23.pdf

Dymond J, Ausseil A-G, Herzig A 2014. Downscaling ecosystem services to catchment scale – a case study in the Ruamahanga catchment. Soil Horizons 23: 10–11. http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/84691/Soil_Horizons_23.pdf

Ausseil A-G, Dymond J, Herzig A 2014. [Abstract] Mapping benefits from nature (ecosystem services) in New Zealand. Proceedings: Association for Women in the Sciences, Wellington, New Zealand, 9-11 July 2014. http://www.awis.org.nz/20-20-science-snapshots/

Weeks ES, Mason N, Ausseil A-GE, Herzig A 2014. Prioritising land-use decisions for the optimal delivery of ecosystem services and biodiversity protection in productive landscapes. In: Grillo O ed. Biodiversity: the dynamic balance of the planet. Rijeka, Croatia, InTech. Pp. 1–31. http://dx.doi.org/10.5772/58255

Dymond JR, Ausseil A-G, Kirschbaum MUF, Carswell FE, Mason NWH 2013. Opportunities for restoring indigenous forest in New Zealand. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 43(3): 141–153. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03036758.2012.736393

Giltrap DL, Kirschbaum MUF, Thakur KP, Ausseil A-GE, Vogeler I, Cichota R, Puche N 2013. Comparison of soil N-dynamics across different models. In: Currie LD, Christensen CL ed. Proceedings: Accurate and efficient use of nutrients on farms, Palmerston North, N.Z., February 2013. Pp. 10. http://flrc.massey.ac.nz/workshops/13/Manuscripts/Paper_Giltrap_2013.pdf

Giltrap DL, Ausseil A-GE, Thakur KP, Sutherland MA 2013. Investigating a method for estimating direct nitrous oxide emissions from grazed pasture soils in New Zealand using NZ-DNDC. Science of the Total Environment 465: 7–16. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2013.03.053

Weeks ES, Ausseil A-GE, Shepherd JD, Dymond JR 2013. Remote sensing methods to detect land-use/cover changes in New Zealand's ‘indigenous’ grasslands. New Zealand Geographer 69(1): 1-13. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nzg.12000

Ausseil A-GE, Dymond JR, Kirschbaum MUF, Andrew RM, Parfitt RL 2013. Assessment of multiple ecosystem services in New Zealand at the catchment scale. Environmental Modelling & Software 43: 37-48. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2013.01.006

Dymond JR, Ausseil AGE, Parfitt RL, Herzig A, McDowell RW 2013. Nitrate and phosphorus leaching in New Zealand: a national perspective. New Zealand journal of agricultural research 56(1): 49-59. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00288233.2012.747185

Herzig A, Ausseil A-GE, Dymond JR 2013. Sensitivity of land-use pattern optimisation to variation in input data and constraints. In: Piantadosi J, Anderssen RS, Boland J ed. Proceedings: MODSIM2013, 20th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, Adelaide, Australia, 1–6 December 2013. Pp. 1840–1846. http://www.mssanz.org.au/modsim2013/H12/herzig.pdf

Ausseil A-GE, Kirschbaum MUF, Andrew RM, McNeill S, Dymond JR, Carswell F, Mason NWH 2013. Climate regulation in New Zealand: contribution of natural and managed ecosystems. In: Dymond JR ed. Ecosystem services in New Zealand: conditions and trends. Lincoln, New Zealand, Manaaki Whenua Press. Pp. 386–399.

Herzig A, Ausseil A-GE, Dymond JR 2013. Spatial optimisation of ecosystem services. In: Dymond JR ed. Ecosystem services in New Zealand: conditions and trends. Lincoln, New Zealand, Manaaki Whenua Press. Pp. 511–523.

Carswell FE, Easdale TA, Overton JM, Ausseil A-GE, Greenaway AJ, Dymond JR, Mason NWH, Arnst EA, Burrows LE, Herzig A, Holdaway RJ, Peltzer DA 2013. St James Conservation Area: a purchase for ecosystem services. In: Dymond JR ed. Ecosystem services in New Zealand: conditions and trends. Lincoln, New Zealand, Manaaki Whenua Press. Pp. 524–537.

Clarkson BR, Ausseil A-GE, Gerbeaux P 2013. Wetland ecosystem services. In: Dymond JR ed. Ecosystem services in New Zealand: conditions and trends. Lincoln, New Zealand, Manaaki Whenua Press. Pp. 192–202.

Dymond JR, Ausseil A-GE, Ekanayake JC, Kirschbaum MUF 2012. Tradeoffs between soil, water, and carbon – A national scale analysis from New Zealand. Journal of environmental management 95(1): 124-131. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301479711003501

Dymond J, Ausseil A-G, Herzig A 2012. Ecosystem services conditions and trends. Landcare Research Link. http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/44897/ecosystem_services_conditions_trends.pdf.

Ausseil A-GE, Giltrap D, Kirschbaum M, Thakur K 2012. Upscaling greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration. Soil horizons 21: 10. http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/44903/soil_Horizons_21.pdf

Dymond J, Ausseil A-G, Herzig A 2012. Conditions and trends of ecosystem services – an update. Soil horizons 21: 8. http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/44903/soil_Horizons_21.pdf

Ausseil A-GE, Herzig A, Dymond JR 2012. Optimising land use for multiple ecosystem service objectives: A case study in the Waitaki catchment, New Zealand. Proceedings: 6th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software (iEMSs 2012), Leipzig, Germany, 1-5 July 2012. Pp. 2211-2218. http://www.iemss.org/sites/iemss2012//proceedings/F5_0473_Ausseil_et_al.pdf

Kirschbaum MUF, Watt MS, Tait A, Ausseil A-GE 2012. Future wood productivity of Pinus radiata in New Zealand under expected climatic changes. Global change biology 18(4): 1342-1356. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2486.2011.02625.x

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Memberships

  • Expert member, IPBES
  • Lead Author regional chapter Asia-Pacific (deliverable 2b - IPBES), IPBES
  • Member of the Technical Advisory Group for land domain reporting, Ministry for the Environment
  • Secondment at MfE as science advisor for the land domain report, Ministry for the Environment
  • Coordinating Lead Author - IPBES Asia-Pacific regional assessment (chapter 4 - drivers of change), IPBES
  • Project participant: What if climate change was purple?, Track Zero
  • SEEA reference group, Statistics New Zealand
  • Appointed as subject matter expert for IANZ indicator selection event, StatsNZ
  • Member of the NZ delegation for IPBES-7, Department of Conservation
  • Environmental reporting science team nominee, Ministry for the Environment
  • Senior intern through the PMCSA, MfE and PMCSA
  • MfE Senior Science Team, MfE
  • Editorial board member, Chinese Journal of Applied & Environmental Biology (AEB)
  • Scoping expert for the IPBES Nexus assessment on interlinkages between biodiversity, water, food and health in the context of climate change, IPBES