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Career Summary

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 30/10/2009
  • Master of Education (Honours), Charles Sturt University
  • Diploma in Education, University of New England
  • Bachelor of Science, University of New South Wales

Research

Research keywords

  • Computer-based modeling
  • Ecological modeling
  • Individual-based modeling
  • Natural resource modeling
  • Population dynamics
  • Predator-prey modeling

Research expertise

I am an early-career researcher whose work involves the exploration of population dynamics in ecological systems using computer models. In my PhD research I built two generalised and parsimonious models in the tradition of classical ecological modelling and applied these models to specific systems, including exclusive mammalian predator-prey systems and grazing herbivore systems. My research now includes further development of these models and the development of new models of specific systems in collaboration with practising ecologists.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
060299Ecology Not Elsewhere Classified50
050209Natural Resource Management40
060207Population Ecology10

Memberships

Committee/Associations (relevant to research).

  • Member - The Resource Modeling Association (USA)

Appointments

Board member
Resource Modeling Association (United States)
01/06/2007

Awards

Research Award.

2009Outstanding Postgraduate (Research) Student Achievement
University of Newcastle (Australia)
Recognition of my PhD research, which was passed without change by all three examiners.
1999Award for Outstanding Educational Research
NSW Institute for Educational Research (Australia)
Award for my Masters degree research.
1998Outstanding Thesis Prize
Charles Sturt University (Australia)
Award for my Masters degree research.

Collaboration

I am working with researchers at UoN, UTS and the University of New Mexico.

1. I am a CI on an ARC Discovery project proposal (DP140101733) with Assoc Prof Natalie Moltschaniwskyj, Prof Joseph Bidwell and Dr Andrea Griffin, all of UoN.

2. I am working with Prof William Gladstone of UTS and Dr Michael Fuller of the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, on predator-prey population dynamics and the management of an endangered species, the Canadian lynx.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

  • Acting head teacher in secondary schools and TAFE colleges,
  • Coordinator of university courses with up to 800 students
  • Member of various committees including Teaching and Learning, Student Recruitment and Student Retention.
  • School Academic Conduct Officer

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Agent-based modelling
  • Computer programming
  • Database programming
  • Information technology
  • Open source software
  • Operating systems

Teaching expertise

I am a Lecturer in Applied IT - I have developed and delivered courses at tertiary level in agent-based modelling, computer programming (C, C++, Java, C#, VB, PHP, Python, Perl, Bullant, SQL, Logo, NetLogo), relational database, web development (HTML, CSS, LAMP, Django), system and network administration (FreeBSD, Linux, Netware and WinNT), systems analysis and design and computer architecture.

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Highlighted Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2006Chivers WJ, Gladstone W, Herbert RD, 'An Analysis of the Causes of Population Stability in a Generalized Individual-Based Model of Predator-Prey Dynamics', Abstracts 2006 World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling, Bergen, Norway (2006) [E3]
2005Chivers WJ, Gladstone W, Herbert RD, 'Spatial effects in an individual-based model of interspecies interaction', 2005 World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling, Arcata, California (2005) [E3]
2004Chivers WJ, Herbert RD, Gladstone W, 'Individual variability and within-generational time scales in an individual-based model of predator-prey interaction', 2004 World Conference on Natural Resource Modelling, Melbourne, Australia (2004) [E2]
2003Chivers WJ, Herbert RD, 'The Effects of Varying Parameter Values and Heterogeneity in an Individual-Based Model of Predator-Prey Interaction', Advances in Complex Systems, 6 441-456 (2003) [C1]

Publications

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Book (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2001Ware P, Chivers WJ, Cheleski P, Information Processes and Technology, Jacaranda, Sydney (2001) [A1]

Journal article (10 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Chivers WJ, Gladstone W, Herbert RD, 'Programmatic detection of spatial behaviour in an agent-based model.', Information Technology in Industry, 2 38-43 (2014)
2014Chivers WJ, Gladstone W, Herbert RD, Fuller MM, 'Predator-prey systems depend on a prey refuge.', J Theor Biol, 360 271-278 (2014)
2013Lynar TM, Simon, Herbert RD, Chivers WJ, 'Reducing energy consumption in distributed computing through economic resource allocation', International Journal of Grid and Utility Computing, 4 231-241 (2013) [C1]
2011Lynar TM, Herbert RD, Simon, Chivers WJ, 'Resource allocation to conserve energy in distributed computing', International Journal of Grid and Utility Computing, 2 1-10 (2011) [C1]
2010Lynar TM, Simon, Herbert RD, Chivers WJ, 'Clustering obsolete computers to reduce e-waste', International Journal of Information Systems and Social Change, 1 1-10 (2010) [C1]
2010Lewis BG, Herbert RD, Chivers WJ, 'Modelling service levels in a call centre with an agent-based model', World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development, 7 2-12 (2010) [C1]
2009Lynar TM, Herbert RD, Chivers WJ, 'Implementing an agent based auction model on a cluster of reused workstations', International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, 34 230-234 (2009) [C1]
2008Chivers WJ, Gladstone W, Herbert RD, 'Spatial effects in an individual-based model of producer-herbivore interaction', Natural Resource Modeling, 21 72-92 (2008) [C1]
2007Chivers WJ, Herbert RD, Gladstone W, 'Within-generational and diversity-dependent effects in an individual-based model of predator-prey interaction', Natural Resource Modeling, 20 405-413 (2007) [C1]
2003Chivers WJ, Herbert RD, 'The Effects of Varying Parameter Values and Heterogeneity in an Individual-Based Model of Predator-Prey Interaction', Advances in Complex Systems, 6 441-456 (2003) [C1]
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Conference (22 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010Lynar TM, Herbert RD, Simon, Chivers WJ, 'Reducing grid energy consumption through choice of resource allocation method', Proceedings: 24th IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium IPDPS 2010 and 24th IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, Workshops and Phd Forum IPDPSW, Atlanta, GA (2010) [E1]
2009Lynar TM, Herbert RD, Simon, Chivers WJ, 'Impact of node ranking on outcomes of grid resource allocation', WORLDCOMP 2009: The 2009 World Congress in Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Applied Computing, Las Vegas (2009) [E1]

Co-authors: simon

2009Lynar TM, Herbert RD, Simon, Chivers WJ, 'Why decide: Is a user's estimation of job completion time useful in grid resource allocation?', 18th World IMACS Congress and MODSIM09 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation: Proceedings, Cairns, QLD (2009) [E1]

Co-authors: simon

2009Lynar TM, Herbert RD, Chivers WJ, Simon, 'A grid resource allocation mechanism for heterogeneous e-waste computers', Grid Computing and e-Research 2009: Proceedings of the Seventh Australasian Symposium on Grid Computing and e-Research (AusGrid 2009), Wellington, NZ (2009) [E1]

Co-authors: simon

2008Lynar TM, Herbert RD, Chivers WJ, 'Implementing an agent based auction model on a cluster of re-used workstations', Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Information Technology and Applications (ICITA 2008), Cairns, QLD (2008) [E1]
2008Lewis BG, Herbert RD, Chivers WJ, 'Modelling service levels in a call centre with an agent-based model', Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Information Technology and Applications (ICITA 2008), Cairns (2008) [E1]
2008Chivers WJ, Fuller MM, Gladstone W, Herbert RD, 'Modeling sub-patterns in the snowshoe hare and Canadian lynx population cycles: An individual-based approach', The 2008 World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling, Warsaw, Poland (2008) [E3]
2007Lewis BG, Herbert RD, Chivers WJ, Summons PF, 'Agent-based simulation of a multi-queue emergency services call centre to evaluate resource allocation', MODSIM 2007 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. Proceedings, Christchurch, New Zealand (2007) [E1]

Co-authors: Peter Summons

2007Lynar TM, Herbert RD, Chivers WJ, 'Implementing an agent based auction model on a cluster of inexpensive', Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand. Proceedings, Christchurch, New Zealand (2007) [E1]
2007Chivers WJ, Gladstone W, Herbert RD, 'Functional issues in modelling interspecies interaction in space', Research Higher Degree Students Congress 2005. Proceedings, Newcastle, NSW (2007) [E2]
2007Chivers WJ, Gladstone W, Herbert RD, 'Resource-driven herding-like behavior in a parsimonious individual-based model of producer-herbivore behavior', 2007 World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling. Abstracts, Cape Cod, Massachusetts (2007) [E3]
2006Chivers WJ, Gladstone W, Herbert RD, 'An Analysis of the Causes of Population Stability in a Generalized Individual-Based Model of Predator-Prey Dynamics', Abstracts 2006 World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling, Bergen, Norway (2006) [E3]
2005Chivers WJ, Gladstone W, Herbert RD, 'Spatial effects in an individual-based model of the interaction of species at different trophic levels', MODSIM 2005, Melbourne (2005) [E1]
2005Chivers WJ, Gladstone W, Herbert RD, 'Spatial effects in an individual-based model of interspecies interaction', 2005 World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling, Arcata, California (2005) [E3]
2004Chivers WJ, Herbert RD, Gladstone W, 'Individual variability and within-generational time scales in an individual-based model of predator-prey interaction', 2004 World Conference on Natural Resource Modelling, Melbourne, Australia (2004) [E2]
2004Chivers WJ, Herbert RD, Gladstone W, 'Population fluctuations and the importance of variation in a generalized individual-based model of predator-prey interaction', 89th Annual Meeting - Ecological Society of America, Portland, Oregon (2004) [E2]
2004Chivers WJ, Herbert RD, Gladstone W, 'Simulating Predator-Prey Population Dynamics with an Individual-Based Model', Proceedings of Research Higher Degree Students Congress June 2003, Newcastle (2004) [E2]
2003Chivers WJ, Herbert RD, Gladstone W, 'Heterogeneous resource partitioning in a generalized individual-based model of multi-species interaction', Integrative Modelling of Biophysical, Social, and Economic Systems for Resource Management Solutions, Townsville, Australia (2003) [E1]
2002Chivers WJ, Herbert RD, 'Using Individuals to Model Predator-Prey Interaction', Using Individuals to Model Predator-Prey Interaction, Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan (2002) [E1]
2002Lewis BG, Herbert RD, Chivers WJ, 'The migration of a call centre to a contact centre', The migration of a call centre to a contact centre., Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, NSW 2795, Australia (2002) [E1]
2002Chivers WJ, McKinnon DH, 'Can learning a programming language affect metacognitive beliefs and science beliefs of junior high school students?', Can learning a programming language affect metacognitive beliefs and science beliefs of junior high school students?, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, NSW 2795, Australia (2002) [E1]
2001Chivers WJ, Herbert RD, Keen S, 'Comparison of Individual-Based and Dynamic Modelling using Bullant', MODSIM 2001 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. Proceedings Volume 3: Socioeconomic Systems, ANU, Canberra, Australia (2001) [E1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants9
Total funding$18,561

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2008 (1 grants)

2008 World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling, Warsaw, Poland, 15/6/2008 - 18/6/2008$1,700
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor William Chivers
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,70020082008
GNo:G0189112

2007 (1 grants)

2007 World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA, 19/6/2007 - 22/6/2007$1,700
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor William Chivers
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,70020072007
GNo:G0187842

2006 (1 grants)

2006 World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling, 25-28 June 2006$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor William Chivers
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020062006
GNo:G0186555

2005 (1 grants)

2005 World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling: Modeling for the Management of Complex Systems, 14-18 June 2005$2,400
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor William Chivers
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,40020052005
GNo:G0185498

2004 (1 grants)

The 89th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, August 1-6, 2004$1,165
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor William Chivers
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,16520042004
GNo:G0184200

2003 (2 grants)

Selection of test sites for the development and validation of a computer model to support the conservation and sustainable use of the of the sea urchin Centrostephanus rodgersii. $7,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor William Chivers
SchemeRole
Early Career Researcher GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$7,50020032003
GNo:G0183546

MODSIM2003:Integrative Modelling of Biophysical, Social and Economic Systems for REsource Management Solutions. Queensland Australia. 14-17 July 2003$988
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor William Chivers
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$98820032003
GNo:G0183292

2002 (1 grants)

The 6th International Bi-Annual Conference on Complex Systems (CSO2), Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan 9 - 11 September, 2002$1,117
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor William Chivers
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,11720022002
GNo:G0182245

2001 (1 grants)

MMANZ Conference / Canberra / 10-13 December 2001$491
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor William Chivers
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$49120012001
GNo:G0181622
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions1
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.6

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20132017PhD (Information Technology)Principal SupervisorInformation Visualisation for Individual-Based Modelling

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2011M Philosophy (InformationTech)Co-SupervisorA Parsimonious Agent-Based Emergency Call Centre Model
2011PhD (Information Technology)Co-SupervisorEnergy Conservation in Distributed Heterogeneous Computing Environments Using Economic Resource Allocation Mechanisms
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Dr William Chivers

Work Phone(02) 4349 4473
Fax(02) 4348 4145
Email
PositionLecturer
School of Design Communication and IT
Faculty of Science and Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaInformation Technology
Office
SO:E1.45,
Science Offices,
Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah NSW 2258
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/william-chivers