Director | Coordinator | Postdoctoral & Research Fellows | PhD Candidates | Honours/Undergraduate | Mascot | CABAH Affiliates | Other Affiliates/Adjuncts | Former Members
Matthew Flinders Professor of Global Ecology, Professor Corey J. A. Bradshaw
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I am something of a generalist, but ‘environmental modeller’ largely covers my interests and expertise. My team and I develop models to predict ecosystem function, resilience, and change in the past, present, and future, with a focus on maintaining as much biodiversity as possible for the benefit of all. Please also see my bio and CV for more information.
Research Fellow, Dr Frédérik Saltré
I am an ecologist interested in how ecosystems change through space and time. I combine modelling approaches with fossil data and genetic knowledge to inform how human pressure and climate changes modified ecosystem functioning such as distributions and interactions of plants, animals, humans, and environments, from a deep-time perspective. I write about ecology and climate change over time from the Late Pleistocene (~ 126,000 years ago) to the present day, and how our understanding of the past can help prepare us for the future.
Postdoctoral & Research Fellows
I am an evolutionary physiologist by training. My previous research combined theory and data to understand how evolutionary processes cause variation in rates of energy expenditure and thermoregulatory physiology in animals. I’ve studied a range of organisms, including insects, fish, reptiles, birds, and mammals (and recently plants and microorganisms), both in the lab and in the field. My research in the Global Ecology Lab will help to integrate disparate data streams from a multidisciplinary koala behaviour, ecology, and genomics program to predict how genetic diversity and adaptive capacity in koala populations arise from individual births, deaths, and dispersal through the landscape.
Environmental changes, such as the arrival of an invasive species or a shift in climate, can have large, flow-on effects that alter species interactions and cause compositional changes in species assemblages. My research focuses on how such changes cascade through ecosystems, with a particular focus on late Pleistocene Australian ecological networks. I am employed under the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage, in which I was until recently also the Early-Career Research Representative.
I am a palaeogeneticist interested in understanding past biodiversity change in Australia during the Late Pleistocene and Holocene. I use ancient DNA to investigate mammalian responses to climate change through time and how faunal distributions have changed since European arrival in 1788. I completed my PhD in 2023 looking at cryptic diversity in native rodents, phylogeography of the western quoll, and distribution of thylacines across the Bassian Isthmus. I am currently a research assistant with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage developing the SahulTraits database.
I am a palaeoecologist and palaeobotanist interested in how landscapes changed through time. I combine information from dynamic vegetation models and fossil records to understand how vegetation and ecosystem responded to climate change in Central and South America since the Last Glacial Maximum (~ 19,000 years ago). My research focuses on megafauna extinctions, fire regime changes, and human colonisation.
I am investigating how ecological communities in the Wet Tropics of Australia will change as climate change progresses this century. For my project I am collaborating with Professor Stephen Williams of James Cook University.
I am interested in examining the biodiversity dynamics of past environments. With a background in both ecology and archaeology, I am focusing my PhD research on modelling Neanderthal extinctions that happened when Homo sapiens colonised Europe during a cold climate event nearly 45,000 years ago.
I am modelling the population dynamics of frogs to guide conservation in South Australia.
I am a marine biology graduate interested in mitigating conflict between large predatory sharks and humans. My Honours project in 2018 assessed the efficacy of five commercially available shark deterrents on white sharks Carcharodon carcharias. My PhD research is focussing on assessing shark bite risks and mitigation measures in Australia.
I started my PhD in mid-2019 working on developing distribution and demographic for koalas in South Australia. In 2018 I was an Honours student in the Lab working on feral cat eradication models for Kangaroo Island.
Honours & Undergraduate Students
I started my Honours in 2021 to examine the population viability of re-introduced mammals in restoration projects (completed end 2022).
I am still in the process of completing my undergraduate degree, but as part of my studies I am doing a research topic on developing a population viability analysis for the South Australian population of the yellow-tailed black cockatoo.
I began Honours in February 2021 after completing my BSc (Environmental Science) in 2004. My project involves developing a demographic model to support feral pig eradication on Kangaroo Island. Prior to my Honours, I spent the last 4 years working on land management and conservation projects in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands in the remote North West of South Australia (completed end 2022).
In 2023 I will continue studies with a year of Honours research following completion of a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science) at Flinders University in 2022. My research will focus on the germination rates and survival of river red gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) in wetlands affected by constrained environmental water flows and salinity within the Murray-Darling Basin in South Australia.
I completed my undergraduate degree in Environmental Science in 2022 and I am continuing my studies with an Honours year in 2023. My research will focus on salt accumulation in off-channel wetlands and how this compares between shedding and non-shedding basins.
My name is Jessie, and I’m a good girl. My job is to keep people in the lab happy. Give me treats.
ARC Centre of Excellence for Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH) Affiliates
- Associate Professor Jonathan Benjamin, Associate Investigator (Flinders University, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences)
- Professor Penny Edmonds, Associate Investigator (Flinders University, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences)
- Dr Ian Moffat, Associate Investigator (Flinders University, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences)
- Associate Professor Mike Morley, Associate Investigator (Flinders University, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences)
- Associate Professor Vera Weisbecker, Chief Investigator (Flinders University College of Science and Engineering)
- Dr Christopher Wilson, Associate Investigator (Flinders University, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences)
- Dr Farzin Shabani, Adjunct Fellow, Qatar University
- Bruno Carturan, PhD Candidate (UBC Okanagan, Canada) — dynamic modelling of coral reefs (co-supervised by Corey Bradshaw; complete 2020)
- Felicity Coutts, PhD Candidate (University of Adelaide & South Australian Museum) — palaeo-ecology of the Ediacaran (co-supervised by Corey Bradshaw; complete 2019)
- Dr Cristián Monaco, Postdoctoral Fellow (University of Adelaide) — reef fish dynamics (co-supervised by Corey Bradshaw; complete 2020)
- Claire Perry, Honours student (University of Western Australia) — drivers of fertility changes in human societies (co-supervised by Corey Bradshaw; complete 2020)
- Dr Katharina Peters, Adjunct Academic, Flinders University / Postdoctoral Fellow, Massey University
- Emilie Roy-Dufresne, PhD Candidate (University of Adelaide) — modelling effects of climate change on invasive species (co-supervised by Frédérik Saltré; complete 2020)
- Victor Van Der Meersch, PhD Candidate (Université Montpellier 2, France) — assessing the reliability of tree species distribution projections under climate change (co-supervised by Frédérik Saltré)
- Dr Farzin Shabani, Postdoctoral Fellow (vegetation modelling)
- Dr Louise Barnett, Postdoctoral Fellow (ecoepidemiological and demographic models for rabbit eradication)
- Ellyse Bunney, Palaeo Data Manager
- Andrew Frost, Koala Data Manager
- Dr Ben Heard, Energy Modeller
- Dr Brianna Martin, Mathematician
- Dr Katharina Peters, Ecological Modeller
- Sally Quinn, Palaeo Time Series Modeller