I occasionally get asked who our postgraduate spatial research lab is named after and why we call it the TOL. If you were wondering…
Toni O’Neill made a distinguished contribution in the early developments of the spatial sciences in the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences (formerly the Department of Geography). Appointed for her dual expertise in the fields of Biogeography and Remote Sensing, Toni started work in the Department of Geography at the University of Wollongong in 1987.
A unifying thread of Toni’s research in Remote Sensing was her obsession with understanding why a response was observed, and not simply characterising or applying the information. She taught an undergraduate course on the interpretation of satellite imagery and inspired keen Honours and Postgraduate students to undertake research on the natural environment, while also leading the Faculty of Science into the adoption of Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
And why do we call the lab TOL?
It’s short for: Toni O’Neil Laboratory
Because we need more acronyms in SAL 🙂