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Principal Research Scientist, Data61

Petra is a Data Scientist in the Analytics and Decision Sciences Program within CSIRO's Data61 and works on a wide range of environmental problems. She has a PhD in applied statistics, focussing more recently on the development of methods at the intersection between statistics and machine learning to develop more informative predictions for risk based decision-making.

Petra leads the Hybrid Prediction Activity in the Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Future Science Platform in CSIRO, where the focus is on the development of hybrid methods for problems in hydrology, bushfire science and manufacturing.

Petra has a passion for science communication and developing methodologies that are fit for purpose, have relevance to the problem being solved and can aid in the decision-making process to stakeholders. She is interested in developing data workflows with trusted science outputs and uses visualisations as a medium for communicating outputs from data and models to facilitate decision-making.

Petra currently supervises 3 PhD students and 2 postdoctoral researchers. She is a Research Integrity Advisor for CSIRO and has a keen interest in providing unique STEM opportunities for women.

Petra has collaborated closely with state agencies and Commonwealth government departments which include the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Department of Agriculture Water and Energy (DAWE), Department of Industry Science Energy and Resources (DISER) and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA). She has strong international linkages with the Department of Statistics at the University of Missouri, Columbia USA.


  • –present
    Statistician, CSIRO Data61


  • 2003 
    Queensland University of Technology, PhD Statistics