Research Group

Conservation Biology Research Group

The Conservation Biology 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.

We work with national and international government departments and agencies (Office of Environment and Heritage NSW, Forest Corporation NSW, NSW and Qld National Parks and Wildlife Services, Hunter Local Land Services, Australian Federal Department of Environment, Wildlife Institute of India, South African National Parks, International Union for the Conservation of Nature), Local Government (Sydney Olympic Park Authority, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens, Central Coast and Strathfield LGAs), NGOs (Australian Wildlife Conservancy, Birdlife Australia, Frog and Tadpole Study Group, North East Forest Alliance, Environmental Defenders Office) and the private sector (Hunter Water Corp, Roads and Maritime NSW, BHP, Viva Energy, South32 P/L; Hunter Development Corporation; Newcastle Coal Infrastructure, GHD, Umwelt, RPS, Port Waratah; Adari Mines Borneo).

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

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

We are a group of 8 academics, 4 post-doctoral fellows, three conjoint academics, 15 PhDs and numerous honours students working on biodiversity issues.

Key contacts:

Professor Michael Mahony
Associate Professor John Clulow
Associate Professor Matthew Hayward
Emeritus Professor John Rodger
Dr Richard Yu
Dr Geoff Macfarlane
Dr Anita Chalmers
Dr Andrea Griffin

Postdoctoral Scientists
Dr Alex Callen
Dr Kaya Klop-Toker
Dr Ninon Meyer

Research Scientist
Dr Colin McHenry

Dr Ryan Witt
Dr Kim Nolan
Dr Simon Clulow