Peter Griffioen (Ecoinformatics)

In his years at Trimble Navigation in ‘Silicon Valley’ Peter became the go-to person for large and complex data sets generated by GPS receivers. He developed software to analyse these data to optimise performance of Trimble’s high precision GPS systems.

Peter began applying these data analytic skills to ecological problems when he returned to Australia to commence a PhD at La Trobe university supervised by Professor Mike Clarke. His studies centred on detection and description of large-scale movements of birds through analysis of data within extensive bird observation databases. This research received best student paper from the ‘Emu’ journal and was featured in their centenary edition of the journal.

As a consulting scientist to DELWP, La Trobe, Deakin and Monash universities, Peter has worked on a interesting array of projects including:

  • detection and modelling the distribution, type and health of native vegetation
  • classification of bat species from call recordings
  • codifying the development of processes for the production of species distribution models for thousands of flora and fauna species
  • development of modelling and mapping tools to support numerous monitoring and inventory projects such as Red Gum health, fishways monitoring databases and catch and return databases, Mallee fire mapping for biodiversity monitoring and modelling

Peter uses a wide variety of software tools in his work, but often develops new software to perform complex calculations and data handling processes, enabling the EAS group to automate and optimise computationally-intensive tasks. The major software tool that Peter has developed for DELWP is called ‘ApplyPrediction’, and uses multi-threaded and distributed architecture to simultaneously use many computers across a network to work on a single task. This computational resource is used for creating spatial outputs from extremely complex mathematical models, including the production of thousands of species distributional models extending across south-eastern Australia.

Peter is currently the Director & Principal Engineer / Scientist with Ecoinformatics Pty. Ltd. and can be contacted at



Sinclair, S, Griffioen, P, Duncan, D.H., Millett-Rilly, J.E., White, and M.D. (2015). Quantifying ecosystem quality by modeling multi-attribute expert opinion. Ecological Applications 25(6) 1453-1477.

Liu, C, White, M, Newell, G and Griffioen, P. (2013). Species distribution modelling for conservation planning in Victoria, Australia. Ecological Modelling 249: 68-74

Watson, SJ, Taylor, RS, Spence-Bailey, LM, Nimmo, DG, Kenny, SA, Kelly LT, Haslem, A, Griffioen, PA, Callister, KE, Brown, LE, Avitabile SC, Bennett, AF, and Clarke MF. The mallee fire and biodiversity project.(2012). The mallee fire and biodiversity project. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria 01/2012; 124:38-46.

Newell, G, White, M, Griffioen, P and Sinclair, S. (2011). Potential impacts of a changing climate on selected terrestrial ecosystems in northern Victoria. Transactions of the Royal society of Victoria 122 (2): xcvi – cxi

Gormley AM, Forsyth DM, Griffioen P, Lindeman M, Ramsey DSL, Scroggie MP, Woodford L. (2010). · Using presence‐only and presence–absence data to estimate the current and potential distributions of established invasive species. Journal of Applied Ecology 12/2010; 48(1):25 – 34.

Haslem, A,  Callister KE, Avitabile, SC, Griffioen, PA, Kelly LT, Nimmo DG, Spence-Bailey LM,· Taylor RS, Watson SJ,·Brown L,· Bennett, AF, Clarke, MF. (2010).· A framework for mapping vegetation over broad spatial extents: A technique to aid land management across jurisdictional boundaries  Landscape and Urban Planning 09/2010; 97(4-97):296-305.

Kocev D, Džeroski S, White MD, Newell GR, Griffioen PA. (2009).  Using single- and multi-target regression trees and ensembles to model a compound index of vegetation condition. Ecological Modelling 04/2009; 220(8):1159-1168

Cunningham SC, MacNally R, Read J, Baker PJ,·White M,·Thomson JR, Griffioen PA. (2008).· A Robust Technique for Mapping Vegetation Condition Across a Major River System. Ecosystems 02/2008 12(2): 207-219

Newell, GR., White, MD, Griffioen, P, and Conroy, M. (2006). Vegetation condition mapping at a landscape-scale across Victoria. Ecological Management and Restoration  7 2004–2007

Reddiex, BDM, Forsyth, D, McDonald-Madden, E, Einoder, LD, Griffioen, PA, Chick, RR and Robley, AJ (2006).  Control of pest mammals for biodiversity protection in Australia. I. Patterns of control and monitoring Wildlife Research  33 (8): 691

Newell, G, White, M, Griffioen, P and Conroy (2006) Vegetation condition mapping at a landscape-scale across Victoria,” Ecological Management and Restoration

Griffioen PA and  Clarke, MF. (2002). Large-scale bird-movement patterns evident in eastern Australian atlas data Emu 102:  99–12

Clarke, MF, Griffioen, P, and Loyn, RH. (1999). Where do all the bush birds go? Wingspan 9 (4)


N. Talbot, M. Allison, and P. Griffioen, “Real-time kinematic initialization test system,” US Patent 5,610,614, p. 10, 1997.