Students

Connie Warren – PhD student

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Connie completed her honours with the group in 2013, studying the drivers of herbivore distributions in the Murray Mallee region of SE Australia. She has now taken up a PhD examining the optimal approach to conserving biodiversity in farming landscapes.

Blake Allen – PhD student

balkeallan400x600Blake’s research focuses on utilising technology to investigate the links between species’ habitat preferences, population biology, spatial movement patterns, and their behavioural energetics. He loves gadgets….

Sussanah Hale – PhD student

susSusie is working with a long-term dataset on small mammals from the Grampians National Park to examine the effects of fire and climatic extremes on small mammal populations.

Liz Pryde – PhD student

LizLiz is examining how logging and the establishment of native timber plantations affect the distributions of plants and birds in Papua New Guinea. The work takes a traits-based approach to explore if species with particular attributes are more vulnerable to land-use change.

Brad Farmilo – PhD student

c0f33f239d685ac454e580278900054d-5448e6476df29Brad’s PhD is part of the world’s second longest running fragmentation experiment, the Wog Wog Fragmentation Experiment. Brad’s work is examining how the establishment of a pine plantation affects abiotic conditions, and how these flow-on to affect plant communities.

Cassandra Holt – honours student

cassCassandra is studying spatial and temporal interactions between mammals at Wilsons Prom National Park as part of a Parks Victoria Research Partnership. Her project focuses on how invasive mesopredators (red foxes and feral cats) interact with native mammals, such as bush rats and bandicoots.

Billy Geary – honours student

williamgeary400x600Billy is studying the trophic networks of mammal communities in a semi-arid, fire prone landscape. He is building a model of the mammal community that includes both the top-down effects of predators and the bottom-up effects of fire.

 Jess Lawton – honours student

jesslawton400x600Jess is studying how sympatric rodent species  Mitchell’s hopping mouse, the silky mouse, and the introduced house mouse are able to coexist despite having overlapping niches. Fire is a key part of this research, as it is hypothesised that the different species may utilise different post-fire habitats.

                                                              Tom Healey – honours studenttomhealey400x600Tom is researching how fire affects kangaroos in the semi-arid Big Desert region of Victoria. Kangaroos are extremely abundant throughout the region and Tom is examining if certain fire regimes could exacerbate the problem by creating favourable habitat for kangaroos.

Shannon Braun- honours student

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Shannon is interested in how predation by invasive mesopredators (foxes and cats) interacts with other disturbance processes, such as fire, to effect species lower down in the food web. Shannon’s research is using plasticine models of lizards to assess whether predation pressure of foxes on lizards changes following fire.

Catherine Payne – honours student

catherinepayne400x600Catherine studied the effects of fire on red foxes in the semi-arid Murray Mallee region of Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. Her honours has now been published in PlosOne.

Lauren Tworkowski- honours student (LaTrobe)

LauraLauren is examining how lizards recolonise burned areas following fire. To do so, she is using a new technique that allows detection of reptiles using remote cameras.

Emily Richardson- honours student (LaTrobe)

SPa2OzlFEmily is examining the best approach for surveying reptiles in the field. She is comparing a traditional and widely used method, pitfall trapping, with a novel method that uses remote cameras.