Postgraduate Students

Khorloo Batpurev

Khorloo is studying the impact of invasive deer populations on alpine and sub-alpine peatland communities of the Bogong High Plains in the Victorian Alps. Her aim is to contribute to the conservation and management of peatland systems with the outcomes of her research.



Sana Bau

Sana is interested in how to integrate science and practice to deliver better conservation outcomes in environmental decision making.
Sana’s website



Manisha Bhardwaj

Manisha studies the impact of roads and artificial night-time lighting on insectivorous bats.




Hugh Davies

Hugh’s research focuses on investigating the factors implicated in the ongoing decline of small mammal species across northern Australia.
Hugh’s website



Hannah Fraser

Hannah studies the effect of management actions on the occurrence of different woodland bird species.
Hannah’s website




Michelle Freeman

Michelle is investigating how plant traits and fire frequency drive recruitment and persistence of trees in frequently burnt tropical savannas.
Michelle’s website



Chris Hallam

Chris’s research focus on the tradeoffs between development, biodiversity and human well-being and how to model and test different policy options at different spatial scales to make better decisions for conservation and development.
Chris’s website



August Hao

August studies the use of model-averaging to improve Species Distribution Models. Particularly, he is interested in whether or not model-averaging is always better than using a single model and how models may be improved.
August’s website



Anwar Hossain

Anwar studies the vulnerability of freshwater crayfish to climate change. His research aims to develop a novel analytical tool to predict the effects of climate change, habitat connectivity and management interventions on crayfish conservation status.
Anwar’s website



Greg Lefoe

Greg is interested in how decisions are made in classical biological control. His research applies structured decision making approaches to help determine 1) the level of risk of a proposed biological control agent, and whether that risk is acceptable to decision makers, and 2) maximise establishment success of biological control agents that are approved for introduction.



Liz Martin

Liz is attempting to increase the certainty of rare species distribution models by incorporating species functional traits and assemblage composition into hierarchical models.
Liz’s website



Emily McColl-Gausden

Emily is comparing the effectiveness of environmental DNA metabarcoding and electrofishing for sampling freshwater fish communities.




William Morris

Will is studying applied statistics and forest ecology.
Will’s website




Estíbaliz Palma

Esti is studying biological invasions from a plant community perspective. She is interested in what makes some species good invaders, as well as what environmental conditions promote high levels of habitat invasibility.
Esti’s website



Chris Pocknee

Chris’ research investigates the use of relatively new technology, such as drones and thermal imaging, to spot tree-kangaroos and model the species’ detectability under different methods.
Chris’ website



Lucy Rose

Lucy is researching ways in improving the quality of decisions in management and conservation of wetland biodiversity by exploring quantitative tools for prioritization of resource allocation.
Lucy’s website



Gerry Ryan

Gerry is studying the elements underlying achieving successful conservation impacts, and how we can, do, and should evaluate them.
Gerry’s website



Freya Thomas

Freya is interested in how key plant functional traits are generated for fire prone communities.
Freya’s website




Els Van Burm

Els is studying how much data is needed to make reliable conservation decisions.
Els’s website




Inka Veltheim

Inka is studying movements and habitat use of the Brolga, Grus rubicunda, in south west Victoria.
Inka’s website




Casey Visintin

Casey is interested in studying, modelling, and mitigating impacts of the built environment and infrastructure on biodiversity.
Casey’s website



Daniel White

Danny is studying the effects of different disturbance regimes on wet forest understory plants. His research focuses on the interactions between the 2009 wildfires and the legacy effects of previous disturbance history, namely timing and type.



David Wilkinson

David’s research is based in the developing field of Joint Species Distribution Modelling (JSDMs).
David’s website




Saras Windecker

Saras is studying plant community assembly and its influence on wetland ecosystem function.
Saras’ website




Skipton Woolley

Skipton is studying patterns of sea floor biodiversity, including species richness, beta-diversity, community composition and the spatial aggregation of rare species
Skipton’s website