I apply ecological theory with good doses of field work to seek solutions to the challenges of conserving biodiversity.
My research addresses significant ecological questions using a variety of taxa, rather than being driven by interest in a particular taxonomic group. My interests span behavioural, community, evolutionary, landscape and population ecology, as well as conservation biology and phylogeography.
My main research interests are:
- predators and their ecological roles in structuring and maintaining ecosystems, including assessing their importance for biodiversity conservation and management
- identifying and determining the importance of what factors limit the distribution and abundance of organisms at both small and large scales, and their relevance to global change
- the ecology, conservation and management of Australian mammals.
I am a Professor in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at Deakin University’s Centre for Integrative Ecology, within the School of Life and Environmental Sciences.
I am the chair of the following units:
SLE151 – Biodiversity: A Global Perspective. This first-year unit explores extinction, speciation, rarity and threatened species, conservation strategies, plant and animal diversity, threatening processes, human cultural attitudes to wildlife exploitation and conservation, genetic diversity, and molecular techniques in biodiversity conservation.
SLE220 – Wildlife Ecology. The objectives of this second-year unit are to enable students to develop a strong understanding of theoretical population ecology. Students will cover areas such as: animals as individuals, animals in populations, dispersal, resources, limiting factors and regulating mechanisms, competition, predation and population estimation.
I regularly contribute to mainstream media outlets and am active on various social media channels.