Dr Kate Helmstedt

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Faculty of Science,
School of Mathematical Sciences

Personal details


Research Fellow (DECRA)
Faculty of Science,
School of Mathematical Sciences
Senior Lecturer in Operations Research
Faculty of Science,
School of Mathematical Sciences


decision science, operations research, biodiversity conservation, threatened species, invasive species, multi-use landscapes, environmental management, ecological modelling, Great Barrier Reef, Antarctica


Applied Mathematics, Environmental Science and Management, Ecological Applications

Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


  • PhD (University of Queensland)
  • Bachelor of Science with Honours Class Honours Class 1 (University of Queensland)
  • Bachelor of Science (University of Queensland)


Prospective Honours and PhD students who are interested in any combination of biodiversity conservation, natural resource management, and operations research are encouraged to contact Dr Helmstedt -- especially those from groups traditionally underrepresented in mathematics. There are opportunities for competitive funding for domestic and international students through university schemes. Postdoctoral researchers pursuing their own funding are also encouraged to contact Dr Helmstedt. Undergraduate teaching  2017 Lecturer and Unit Coordinator of Operations Research for Stochastic Processes (MXB334), Queensland University of Technology 2016 Running graduate student working group UC Berkeley, Modelling and minimizing the ecosystem impacts of food waste 2015 Guest lecture UC Berkeley, Mathematical modelling of ecological systems 2010-2015  Five years’ experience as a teaching assistant at the University of Queensland: Mathematics and statistics undergraduate

  • Calculus and Linear Algebra (2010, 2012)
  • Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra (2010-2014)
  • Applied Mathematical Analysis (2011)
  • Multivariate Calculus & Ordinary Differential Equations  (2012)
  • Analysis of Scientific Data in R (2010)

Biology undergraduate

  • Theory & Practice in Science (2010, 2011, 2012, 2014)

2011                Development of course materials (labs, tutorial materials and assignments) for “Theory & Practice in Science”: a first year undergraduate course for biology and chemistry students, covering an introduction to mathematical modelling, mathematical problem formulation and programming in Python.


Selected publications

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Selected research projects

Projects listed above are funded by Australian Competitive Grants. Projects funded from other sources are not listed due to confidentiality agreements.


Current supervisions

  • Development of a Novel Sustainability-Based Multicriteria Decision-Making Approach for Organic Waste Processing Technolgies in the Meat Industry
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Robert Speight, Professor Ian O'Hara
  • Assessing the Risk of Marine Invasive Species to Nearshore Marine Ecosystems of Australia's Antarctic Research Stations and Subantarctic Islands
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Kerrie Wilson
  • Operations research to optimise logistical deployment of emerging reef restoration technologies
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Paul Corry, Adjunct Professor Mark Gibbs

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)