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Zoology and Ecology Academic staff

Associate Professor Will Edwards

Head of Zoology and Ecology

Will teaches a range of subjects in environmental science and management, ecology, diversity and ecosystem assessment and management. His research areas include tropical diseases and climate change.

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Dr Lucas Cernusak

Plant Ecophysiology, Cairns campus

Lucas' research seeks to understand the environmental and biological controls on carbon dioxide and water vapour exchange between plants and the atmosphere, using a range of measurement techniques.

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Dr Brad Congdon

Adjunct Associate Professor, Cairns campus

Brad is a field ecologist and biologist who applies ecological and evolutionary theory to the management and conservation of animal and plant species. He has a special interest in seabird conservation.

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Professor Darren Crayn

Director, Australian Tropical Herbarium, Cairns campus

Darren’s career has involved studies of the origins, evolution and classification of plants. He has researched biomes in Venezuela, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Malaysia, and New Zealand.

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Dr Megan Higgie

Evolutionary Biologist - Townsville campus

Megan's research is field- and laboratory-based in evolution, ecology, and genetics, with a focus on animal adaptation, natural and sexual selection, and speciation.

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Dr Ben Hirsch

Behavioural ecologist, Townsville campus

Ben is interested in the intersection of animal behavior and ecology. His research has focused on a variety of mammal species including ring-tailed and white-nosed coatis, beach mice, and capuchin monkeys.

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Professor Joe Holtum

Plant Ecophysiologist, Townsville campus

Joe researches the mechanisms that permit plants to survive when times are tough. He has a particular focus on how plant species with crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) respond to temperature and water-limitation.

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Dr Conrad Hoskin

Ecological & evolutionary biologist, Townsville campus

Conrad's research program consists of: evolution, ecology and conservation; and systematics and taxonomy. He is particularly interested in processes of population divergence and the formation of new species.

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Dr Lori Lach

Ecologist, Cairns campus

Lori focuses on how human-induced environmental changes, such as biological invasions, affect interactions among species. Much of her research has investigated invasive social insects.

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Associate Professor Susan Laurance

Rainforest Ecologist

Susan studies the impacts of human land use and climate change on biodiversity. Her research pertains directly to the restoration of degraded ecosystems and the conservation of endangered species.

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Distinguished Professor William Laurance

Conservation Biology, Cairns campus

Bill Laurance is a tropical conservation biologist who works in the Asia-Pacific, Amazonia, and African ecosystems. He is the author of nearly 600 scientific and popular publications.

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Dr Tobin Northfield

Ecologist, Cairns campus

Tobin is broadly interested in the evolutionary ecology and interactions between species. His main areas of focus are improving natural pest control and pollination by insects and related animals.

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Heather Robson

Associate Dean Learning & Teaching, Townsville campus

Heather's research is in a new field of genetics which uses environmental DNA (eDNA) and metabarcoding to monitor tropical freshwater biodiversity. She mainly works on fish and frogs.

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Dr Tasmin Rymer

Animal Behaviourist, Cairns campus

Tasmin teaches teach plant and animal diversity, fundamentals of biology and evolutionary biology. She have a fondness for rodents and is actively investigating various aspects of their behaviour.

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Professor Lin Schwarzkopf

Vertebrate Ecologist, Townsville campus

Lin researches invasive species biology and control, and effects of anthropological activities such as grazing and introduced vegetation on vertebrate ecology, habitat use and predator-prey dynamics.

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Professor Stephen Williams

Conservation Biodiversity, Townsville campus

Stephen's research is focused on understanding biodiversity, assessing the vulnerability of biodiversity to global climate change and using this knowledge to maximise the positive benefits of conservation management and adaptation.

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