Tracey Hollings – CEBRA
Since early 2014 I have worked as an ecologist and research fellow at the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis (CEBRA) at the University of Melbourne. My current research is broad, looking into various aspects of biosecurity risk including preparedness for disease outbreaks in livestock using species distribution modelling, assessing characteristics of vessels which make them high risk for carrying biosecurity risk material, and using remotely sensed imagery to aid livestock demographic estimation. I have broad interests and experience in mammal and disease ecology, trophic cascades, threatened species conservation and quantitative research.
Reid Tingley – QAECO
I am an ecologist in the Quantitative and Applied Ecology Group (QAECO). I am interested in understanding how species’ traits and environmental change influence the geographic distributions of amphibians and reptiles. I am also a member of the UoM Self Assessment Team for the SAGE Pilot of the Athena SWAN program.
Allyson O’Brien – CAPIM
I am a marine ecologist and postdoctural research fellow in Professor Mick Keough’s lab and the Centre for Aquatic Pollution Identification and Management (CAPIM). My research interests include community ecology, ecotoxicology, and molecular ecology with a focus on marine invertebrates. Most recently I have starting dabbling in DNA metabarcoding and metabolomics. I am one of the School of BioSciences representatives on the Faculty of Science Early Career Academic Network (SECAN) steering committee and keen to develop a strong network of support and academic collaborations through BECR.
Natalie Briscoe – QAECO
I’m a research fellow in the Quantitative and Applied Ecology Group working with Brendan Wintle and Michael Kearney to model how climate and habitat features interact with species traits to influence where they can live. My current work is focused on identifying refuges for threatened species and improving our understanding of how to manage them, and is funded through the NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub.
Katy Jeppe – CAPIM
I am a postdoctoral researcher working with Associate Professor Vincent Pettigrove and the Centre of Aquatic Pollution Identification and Management (CAPIM). My research is based in ecotoxicology, developing biomarkers of pollution exposure in freshwater invertebrates. Recently, I’ve been investigating ‘omic responses of invertebrates after environmentally relevant exposure to pollutant mixtures. With this research we hope to identify biomarkers that can be included in routine environmental assessment.
Steve Lane – CEBRA
I am a data scientist and research fellow at the University of Melbourne. My interests are in effective data communication, and in the preparation, collation and management of complex datasets. My research floats around risk prediction, utilising ideas from functional data analysis, and high-dimensional hierarchical modelling.
Kim Johnson – ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls
My research investigates how the plant cell wall regulates growth and development of the plant. The cell wall is largely made up of carbohydrates and determines the properties of most plant products used in human societies, including food, materials and fuel. I am investigating cell wall sensing pathways to understand how plants compensate for changes in the cell wall.
Kath Hassell – CAPIM
I am a postdoctoral research fellow in the Centre for Aquatic Pollution Identification and Management (CAPIM) at the University of Melbourne. My research interests revolve around understanding the effects of aquatic pollution on local fish species and the development of physiological indicators that can be used in environmental monitoring. In particular, I am interested in the sub-lethal and long-term effects of environmental stressors on fish reproduction and early life stage development.
Dave Sharley – CAPIM
My research interests include landscape and aquatic ecology and sediment contamination, specifically understanding the causes and consequences of stormwater pollution and the implications for stream and wetland condition. Using a multiple line evidence approach, my research aims to evaluate and provide advice on management prioritisation for improving the health of urban waterways and wetlands.
Edith Arndt – CEBRA
I am an ecologist and research fellow at the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis
(CEBRA). My interests include ecosystem ecology, in particular alpine ecology, fire ecology, soil-plant interactions and nutrient fluxes, remote sensing, monitoring and evaluation and the research-policy interface. Currently, I am working on a project that investigates how to design compliance-based border inspection protocols to encourage compliance with biosecurity regulations; aiming to reduce the likelihood of transporting biosecurity risk material into Australia with the import of plant products.