Kris Bell, PhD: Keystone habitat dynamics in agricultural landscapes.

Kris is researching the biotic and abiotic factors that drive the cover and condition of spinifex grass (Triodia scariosa) in fragmented agricultural landscapes in central New South Wales. This project is generously supported by the Hermon Slade Foundation and you can read more about it here. Co-supervised with Don Driscoll.

Sara Balouch, PhD: Impacts of agricultural land management and habitat fragmentation and degradation on reptiles.

Sara is working on reptiles in agricultural landscapes in Australia and Pakistan. In central New South Wales, Sara is investigating how reptile communities respond to habitat degradation, and also looking at long-term changes in genetic diversity of the nobbi dragon. In Chakwal district, Pakistan, Sara is studying the movement ecology of dragons and examining how reptile communities respond to different crop harvesting methods (manual vs. mechanised). Sara’s work is generously supported by the Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (Australia), National Geographic, Rufford Foundation and WWF (Pakistan). Co-supervised with Don Driscoll.

Billy GearyPhD: Improving ecosystem management and conservation decision-making.

Billy is investigating how knowledge of interactions between threats and ecological processes can be used to better manage ecosystems and conserve biodiversity. To do this, he will use a combination of desktop analyses and field-based ecological studies from south-eastern Australia. Co-supervised with Euan Ritchie, Dale Nimmo and Ayesha Tulloch.

Honours students

2018: Viv MiritisFeral cat ecology on French Island. Co-supervised with Euan Ritchie, Amy Coetsee and Anthony Rendall. (current)

2017/18: Charlie Fist, Movement ecology of bearded dragons in fragmented agricultural landscapes. Supported by the Margaret Middleton Fund, Australian Academy of Science. Co-supervised with Don Driscoll. (completed)

2017/18: Bec Cherubin, Evaluating the ecological impacts of feral horses in the Alps. Co-supervised with Euan Ritchie, Don Driscoll and Susanna Venn. (completed)

2016: Evie JonesFactors influencing feral cat density and distribution in a mallee ecosystem. Co-supervised with Euan Ritchie, Tom Newsome and Dale Nimmo. (completed).

2016: Gavin TrewellaDo dingoes (Canis dingo) facilitate behaviourally-mediated trophic cascades in mallee ecosystems? Co-supervised with Euan Ritchie, Tom Newsome and Dale Nimmo. (completed).