Tasya Vadya Sarira

Academic Qualifications

Ph.D., Applied Ecology & Conservation, University of Adelaide

B.Sc. (1st Class Hons.), Ecology & Environmental Science, The University of Adelaide

B.Sc., Ecology & Spatial Science, The University of Adelaide

B.A., Development Studies with minor in Geography, The University of Adelaide

Research Areas

Conservation and biodiversity; Development studies; Ecosystem services; Environment policy; Geographic Information Systems; Land use and spatial planning; Landscape ecology; Photogrammetry and remote sensing; Sustainability science

Research Interests

Tasya is a spatial analyst with a keen interest in the human-environment discourse. Her research focuses on using spatial data and imagery to explore regional-scale impacts to biodiversity and ecosystem services from land use and climate change. Tasya is an advocate for multi-disciplinary collaboration, and the use of emerging technologies to find solutions to the most urgent of environmental problems.


Tasya is a research fellow at the NUS Centre for Nature-based Climate Solutions. Her background is in ecology, remote sensing and development studies, and has contributed in regional and global-scale projects with organizations such as Conservation International, IUCN and South Australia’s Department of Environment and Water. She is also a certified drone pilot (≤ 7 kg multi-rotor) by Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

Selected Publications

  1. T V Sarira, Y Zeng, R Neugarten, R Chaplin-Kramer & L P Koh (2022) Co-benefits of forest carbon projects in Southeast Asia. Nature Sustainability. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-022-00849-0
  2. H C Teo, Y Zeng, T V Sarira, T K Fung, Q Zheng, X P Song, K Y Chong & L P Koh (2021) Global urban reforestation can be an important natural climate solution. Environmental Research Letters. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/abe783
  3. Koh LP, Zeng Y, T V Sarira, Siman K (2021) Carbon prospecting in tropical forests for climate change mitigation. Nature Communications. 12:1271. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-21560-2
  4. Zeng, Y, Friess, D. A., T V Sarira, , Siman, K., & Koh, L. P. (2021). Global potential and limits of mangrove blue carbon for climate change mitigation. Current Biology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2021.01.070
  5. Zeng Y, T V Sarira, L R Carrasco, Chong K Y, D A Friess, J S H Lee, P Taillardat, T A Worthington, Zhang Y & L P Koh, (2020) Economic and social constraints for climate-mitigation reforestation in Southeast Asia. Nature Climate Change. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-020-0856-3
  6. T V Sarira, K Clarke, P Weinstein, L P Koh & M Lewis (2020) Rapid identification of shallow inundation for mosquito disease mitigation using drone-derived multispectral imagery. Geospatial Health, vol.15 (1). https://doi.org/10.4081/gh.2020.851

Feature and publications in popular media

  1. Benefits of conserving a forest go beyond capturing carbon, The Straits Times, Singapore, 2022
  2. Researcher pilots drones to aid conservation efforts, The Straits Times, Singapore, 2021
  3. Economic and social constraints on reforestation for climate mitigation in Southeast Asia, Sustainability Community, Springer Nature, 2020
  4. Where might oil palm go next? Macaranga, Kuala Lumpur, 2019
  5. Drones used to hunt and destroy mosquito populations, ABC News, Adelaide, 2016

Conferences & Presentations

  1. T V Sarira & L P Koh (2019) Monitoring progress towards the 2030 Agenda through natural capital mapping, International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  2. M E Hennekam, T V Sarira & L P Koh (2019) Threats to Key Biodiversity Areas from oil palm expansion, International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  3. T V Sarira, R Neugarten, R Raja Segaran & L P Koh (2018) Strategic analyses of conservation priorities in the Asia Pacific, Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC), Kuching, Malaysia
  4. T V Sarira, R Neugarten, A Cramer, R Raja Segaran & L P Koh (2018) Conservation priority setting for the Asia Pacific: a spatially explicit analysis, Natural Capital Symposium, Stanford University, Palo Alto, USA, https://doi.org/10.25909/5e86ec8f74dc6
  5. T V Sarira, K Clarke & M Lewis (2017) Multispectral remote sensing of mosquito breeding habitats using unmanned aerial vehicles, Spatial Information Day, Adelaide, Australia