Research Fellows

Natalie is interested in how climate interacts with animal traits (behaviour, morphology & physiology) to influence species distributions. She is currently using biophysical models to predict how koalas will be affected by climate change.

Natalie’s website

David is developing monitoring protocols to support management of grazing and other threats to the recovery of Pine-Buloke Woodland in Mallee Parks of NW Victoria.

Dave’s website

Kate studies how landscape disturbances influence species dynamics and biodiversity. She is currently working on fire management plans for biodiversity conservation in the semi-arid mallee and Victorian foothills forests.

Kate’s website

Nick develops statistical models and software to predict the distributions of species and human diseases. He’s particularly interested in improving these models with information about traits, mechanistic relationships and population dynamics.

Nick’s website

Cindy develops efficient surveys and management strategies in the face of constant uncertainty, regular interaction with managers and occasional fieldwork. She works on threatened malleefowl, invasive hawkweeds and, where ever possible, differentiable functions.

Cindy’s website

Geoff works on the conservation of reptiles and amphibians, and has a burgeoning interest in the use of metapopulation theory to identify optimal management strategies for these animals. His current research focuses on developing metapopulation models for threatened frogs in urbanising landscapes.

Geoff’s website

Bronwyn’s areas of interest include disturbance ecology and threatened species conservation. She is currently developing a landscape-scale model of native mammal persistence under fire and invasive predator management.

Bronwyn’s website

Luke’s areas of interest include fire ecology, spatial ecology and conservation management. His work is currently focused on determining appropriate landscape-scale fire histories that support biodiversity.

Luke’s website

Heini’s research focuses on how to do conservation planning under climate change when species distributions are shifting and there are high uncertainties about when, where and what to protect. She’s currently working on developing an optimal restoration and conservation scheme under climate change for Australia.

Heini’s website

Pia uses quantitative tools to address applied conservation problems in fragmented urban or agricultural landscapes. In particular, she is interested in issues associated with conservation planning, population viability, connectivity and species distribution models.

Pia’s website

Kat is working on identifying strategies for better biodiversity offsets, and spatial conservation planning on Christmas Island, as part of the NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub.

Kat’s website

Anja is working on designing monitoring programs for threatened species on remote Indigenous lands. Her research interests span ecology, evolution, genetics, and biodiversity conservation.

Anja’s website

Darren is using decision theoretic approaches to determine how much effort should be allocated towards monitoring to reduce uncertainty and when it is optimal to only participate in management.

Darren’s website

Reid’s current research focuses on predicting the establishment and spread of exotic species, with a particular emphasis on using species distribution models to forecast invasions.

Reid’s website

Matt studies the interactive effects of a range of threatening processes, such as disease and introduced predators, on declining frogs.

Matt’s website

Jian is interested in the analysis of trait data at the scale of populations and communities. His current work uses functional data analysis to study distributions of traits rather than average values.

Jian’s website