Jasmine Thom

Jas ThomJasmine is a PhD student investigating the potential for the application of stormwater runoff to urban trees through infiltration systems.  A focus of this project is to determine how tree-based infiltration systems could help address issues of excess stormwater in urban environments, while at the same time, providing greater water availability to street trees. In particular, she is interested in how infiltration system design decisions (system size, substrate choice, exfiltration, and species selection) influence stormwater capture under different climate conditions and how this affects health, growth, and transpiration of trees planted in such systems. Conceptual modelling and experimental findings from this project will be used to produce a simple hydrological model to aid decision-making for species selection and design of tree-based infiltration systems.

Previously, Jasmine worked as a research assistant in the Urban Climate Group at Monash University and for the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities. She was involved in several urban projects including: modelling the cooling potential of street trees in Adelaide; investigating the cooling potential of reflective road surfaces in Sydney; assessing the microclimate and water use of an isolated tree in Melbourne; and exploring the effect of redirecting stormwater to street trees in Melbourne. Jasmine is also interested in environmental economics, and conducted her Honours research thesis on the Environmental and economic benefits of street trees in the City of Monash.

Research Interests: Urban Climate, Water Sensitive Urban design, Tree physiology, Tree Water Use, Ecosystem Services, and Environmental Economics.

Supervisors: Assoc. Prof. Stephen Livesley, Dr. Chris Szota, and Prof. Tim Fletcher


Email: jthom@student.unimelb.edu.au

ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jasmine_Thom



Thom, J.K., Coutts, A.M., Broadbent, A.M., & Tapper, N.J. (2016). The influence of strategic street tree placement on mean radiant temperature across a mixed development suburb in Adelaide, Australia. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, 20, 233-242. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2016.08.016.

Coutts, A.M., Moore, C.E., Thom, J.K., Tapper, N.J., & White, E.C. (2016). Radiative and advective influences on cooling from an isolated tree in the dead centre of the city. International Journal of Biometeorology (in preparation)

Thom, J.K. & Coutts, A.M. (2016) Economic valuation of street trees. Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities, Monash University.

Coutts, A. M., Thom, J.K., & Broadbent, A. M. (2016). Marrickville cool pavement trial. Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities, Monash University.

Coutts, A.M., Loughnan, Tapper, N.J., White, E.C., Thom, J.K., M Broadbent, A.M. & Harris, R. (2014). Impacts of water sensitive urban design solutions on human thermal comfort, Green cities and microclimate. Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities, Monash University.


2015 – 2015 Bachelor of Science (Honours), Monash University

Thesis in Physical Geography: “An environmental and economic analysis of ecosystem service provision by street trees in the City of Monash”

2011 – 2014 Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) and Science (Geography), Monash University