Postgraduate Students

Emily is investigating and modelling the causes of seedling mortality to improve survival rates and the success of revegetation efforts in threatened semi-arid woodland communities.

Zoi is researching population responses of bandicoots and potoroos to extended, broad-scale fox control in the Otway Ranges.

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

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

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

Hugh’s website
Arabella is looking for the Leadbeater’s Possum outside its known distribution in the Central Highlands. To do this she is using a combination of environmental modelling, expert advice and camera trapping.

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

Michelle’s website
Beck’s research is largely based in central South Australia and focuses on refining species monitoring methods to improve outcomes for native species in the presence of introduced predators. Initially involving cat and fox monitoring using spatially explicit models, the knowledge gained will be used to inform conservation efforts beyond fenced reserves.
Rebecca’s website
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’ website
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 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
Simon is interested in developing modelling methods for various aspects of ecology. Currently, his focus is on landscape and population modelling frameworks and Bayesian approaches to determine the status of rare species.

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.

Erica is researching biodiversity offsets and involved in trading of biodiversity losses and gains. The aim of her research is to improve biodiversity persistence and reduce losses due to development.

Erica’s website
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 is comparing the effectiveness of environmental DNA metabarcoding and electrofishing for sampling freshwater fish communities.

Leo’s research focuses on comparing the microclimate and thermal suitability of approaches used (namely nest boxes and chainsaw cavities) to provide alternative nesting structures for the conservation of Leadbeater’s Possum.

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

William’s website
Jessie’s research examines the translocation success of the nationally vulnerable Burrowing Bettong (Bettongia lesueur) or ‘Boodie’.

Jessie’s website
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.

Estíbaliz’s website
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
Matt is researching the interactions between invasive predators, fire and threatened native mammals.

Matt’s website
Linda’s research involves using remote sensing to estimate grass biomass in the semi-arid woodlands of north-western Victoria. This information will contribute to the management of kangaroo populations, with the aim of promoting regeneration of endangered Buloke Woodlands.

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

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

Freya’s website
Roozbeh is interested in spatial ecology, the modelling of species distributions and application of SDM in conservation planning. Currently, he is accounting for spatial autocorrelation in model evaluation and developing methods/tools to investigate transferability of species distribution models in space and time.

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

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

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

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

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

Saras’ website