The University of Newcastle, Australia

The Conservation Science Research Group at The University of Newcastle consists of a team of internationally recognised experts in biodiversity conservation with project experience in the natural environment and biodiversity; environmental monitoring, restoration ecology, behavioural ecology and cognition, instrumentation and analysis; marine pollution impacts; and sustainable adaptation in agriculture and forestry.

The team works with international, national, state and local government departments and agencies including:

National

  • Australian Federal Department of Environment
  • Forest Corporation NSW
  • National Parks and Wildlife Services NSW
  • National Parks and Wildlife Services, QLD
  • Office of Environment and Heritage NSW
  • Roads and Maritime NSW
  • Hunter & Central Coast Development Corporation
  • Hunter Local Land Services
  • Hunter Water Corporation
  • Sydney Olympic Park Authority
  • Lake Macquarie City Council
  • Port Stephens Shire Council
  • Central Coast NSW Local Government Area
  • Strathfield NSW Local Government Area

International

  • International Union for the Conservation of Nature
  • South African National Parks
  • Wildlife Institute of India

We also work with Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) and the private sector such as:

Private Sector

  • Adari Mines Borneo
  • BHP
  • GHD
  • Newcastle Coal Infrastructure
  • Port Waratah
  • RPS
  • South32 P/L
  • Umwelt
  • Viva Energy

Non-Government Organisations (NGOs)

  • Australian Wildlife Conservancy
  • Birdlife Australia
  • Frog and Tadpole Study Group
  • North East Forest Alliance, Environmental Defenders Office

The Conservation Science Research Group work on all aspects of biodiversity including:

  • multispecies assemblages
  • single threatened species (green-and-golden bell-frog; Eurasian curlew; numerous threatened frog species, quokkas; lions; urban birds and shorebirds)
  • reproductive technologies (gastric-brooding frog, Hip-pocket frog, oysters)
  • managing invasive species (common mynas, foxes, cane toads)
  • predator-prey interactions (jaguar/human prey preferences)
  • genetics (population genetics and phylogenetics using next generation DNA sequencing, PCR and SNPs)
  • spatial ecology (corridor analysis of squirrel gliders/elephants/ peccaries; species distribution modelling)
  • disease management (chytrid fungus impacts on frogs)
  • climate change impacts (fundamental niche predictive modelling, ecophysiology of ectotherms)
  • habitat restoration (Kurri Kurri sands ecological community, Kooragang Island, Sydney Olympic Parklands, Addo Elephant National Park faunal restoration).

The group comprises 8 academics, 4 post-doctoral fellows, three conjoint academics, 15 PhDs and fourth year (honours) students working on biodiversity issues.

The group also brings together research scientists interested in establishing impact monitoring, conservation and management tools for Australia's unique flora, fauna and ecosystems.

Key Contacts

Associate Professor Matthew Hayward

Associate Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Dr Andrea Griffin

Senior Lecturer
School of Psychology

Associate Professor John Clulow

Associate Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Dr Anita Chalmers

Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Dr Bernadette Drabsch

Lecturer
School of Creative Industries

Associate Professor Troy Gaston

Associate Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Associate Professor Craig Hight

Associate Professor
School of Creative Industries

Associate Professor Bill Leggat

Associate Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Dr Geoff MacFarlane

Senior Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Professor Michael Mahony

Conjoint Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Emeritus Professor John Rodger

Conjoint Professor
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Dr Richard Yu

Senior Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Scientists

Postdoctoral Scientists

Dr Alex Callen

Postdoctoral Researcher
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Dr Kaya Klop-Toker

Postdoctoral Scientist
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

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Dr Vincent Raoult

Post Doctoral Researcher
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Research Scientist

Dr Colin McHenry

Casual Senior Research Assistant
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Conjoints

Dr Simon Clulow

Conjoint Fellow
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Dr Kim Nolan

Conjoint Fellow
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Dr Ryan Witt

Conjoint Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences