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Our People

Research undertaken by our staff constitutes the key activity of the Institute, contributing new knowledge that improves understanding of our natural world. Our academic staff are active in many international and national networks. Demand for our scientists to provide services through directorships and board memberships, formal advisory positions, and editorial positions with quality scientific journals is an important indicator of the impact of our science. Staff are closely involved in the delivery of the University’s Environmental Science and general undergraduate science courses.

Ross Thompson

Director, Professor in Water Science
Phone: +61 2 62015041
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Janine Deakin

Deputy Director and Associate Professor in Genomics
Phone: +61 2 62068663
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Paul Downey

Associate Professor in Plant Ecology
Phone: +61 2 6201 2169
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Tariq Ezaz

Professor in Genetics
Phone: +61 2 6201 2297
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Jasmyn Lynch

Assistant Professor in Environmental Management
Phone: +61 2 6201 2517
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Ben Kefford

Assistant Professor in Water Science
Phone: +61 2 6201 2086
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Duanne White

Associate Professor in Earth Systems
Phone: +61 2 6201 2083
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Simon Foster

Associate Professor in Chemistry
Phone: +61 2 6201 2540
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Ben Gawne

Professor in Environmental Flows
Phone: +61 2 62063988
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Richard Duncan

Centenary Professor in Conservation Ecology
Phone: +61 2 62068858
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Mark Lintermans

Senior Research Fellow in Freshwater Ecology
Phone: +61 2 62012853
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Fiona Dyer

Senior Research Fellow in Water Science
Phone: +61 2 62012452
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Elise Furlan

Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular Ecology
Phone: +61 2 62015528
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Dianne Gleeson

Associate Professor in Ecological Genetics
Phone: +61 2 62012237
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Bernd Gruber

Associate Professor for Spatial and Ecological Modelling
Phone: +61 2 6206 3804
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Ralph Mac Nally

Centenary Professor in Ecology
Phone: +61 2 62015152
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Bill Maher

Professor in Ecochemistry
Phone: +61 2 62012531
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Peter Unmack

Postdoctoral Fellow in Fish Biogeography and Conservation
Phone: +61 2 62015528
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LeRoy Poff

Distinguished Professor in Riverine Ecology and Environmental flows
Phone: +61 2 62063805
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Stephen Sarre

Professor in Wildlife Genetics
Phone: +61 2 62015657
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Jacki Schirmer

Associate Professor in Social Dimensions of Natural Resource Management
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Tim Reid

Quantitative Bird Ecology
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Lizzie Wandrag

Postdoctoral Fellow in Plant Community Ecology
Phone: +61 2 62068870
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Robert Kearney

Emeritus Professor in Fisheries Management
Phone: + 61 2 6201 2795
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Jim Hone

Emeritus Professor in wildlife management
Phone: + 61 2 6201 2979
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Ben Broadhurst

Water Science Project Manager
Phone: +61 2 62068608
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Wendy Ruscoe

Researcher in Wildlife Ecology and Management
Phone: +61 2 62015379
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Sue Nichols

Senior Researcher Fellow in Freshwater Ecology
Phone: +61 2 62015408
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Arthur Georges

Distinguished Professor in Genetics and Genomics
Phone: +61 2 62015786
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Our graduate students are highly engaged and an important element of the fabric of the Institute. Events to bring students and research staff together are frequent, including regular social gatherings, weekly in-house skills development workshops, an active Seminar Series, and an annual student retreat. These activities create opportunities for students to test ideas and to analyse and interpret research, mentored by leading academics.

A distinguishing feature of the higher degree research program is the emphasis on work integrated learning. Learning first-hand through real work or work-like experiences is a key element to enhancing employability in the workforce. We are committed to preparing professional and highly employable graduates with the right mix of skills and knowledge.

Shayer Alam

Thesis: Evolution and Ecology of Sex determination Mechanism in Agamid Lizards
Supervisor(s): Professor Tariq Ezaz, Professor Arthur Georges, Associate Porfessor Dianne Gleeson, Associate Professor Stephen Sarre

Hugh Allan

Thesis: Guardians of the Galaxias - Investigating the ecology of a critically endangered freshwater fish
Supervisor(s): Mark Lintermans, Dr Peter Unmack, Centenary Professor Richard Duncan, Tarmo Raadik (Arthur Rylah Institute, DELWP Victoria).

Florence Awino

Thesis: Assessment of uncontrolled toxic waste chemicals and human health risks from food crops in the Mbale Municipal Council Dumpsite, Uganda
Supervisor(s): Assistant Professor Jasmyn Lynch, Professor Bill Maher

Jill Bartlett

Thesis: Bioenergetics and the use of Near Infra-red Spectroscopy for measuring health and stress response in common Australian bivalve species
Supervisor(s): William Maher, Anne Taylor, Tariq Ezaz

Berenice Talamantes Becerra

Thesis: DArTseq as tool for bacterial strain typing and discovery of novel microorganisms
Supervisor(s): Professor Arthur Georges

Anthony Davidson

Thesis: Factors Enabling Native Prey to Persist In The Face Of Environmental Variability and Predation by Invasive Predators
Supervisor(s): Richard Duncan, Bernd Gruber

Dumie Dissanayake

Thesis: Sex in Skinks: Sex Reversal and Sex Determination in the Three-lined Skink, Bassiana duperreyi
Supervisor(s): Professor Arthur Georges, Associate Professor Janine Deakin, Adjunct Associate Professor Clare Holleley

Kyle Hemming

Thesis: Spread Potential of Introduced Grasses in Australia
Supervisor(s): Centenary porfessor Richard Duncan, Dr Lizzie Wandrag

Rheyda Hinlo

Thesis: Improving eDNA detection probabilities for monitoring aquatic invasive species
Supervisor(s): Associate Professor Dianne Gleeson, Dr Elise Furlan, Professor Stephen Sarre, Mark Lintermans, Heleena Bamford (

Margarita Medina

Thesis: Biogeography and Phylogenetics of Marsupials: a Global Perspective for Conservation
Supervisor(s): Associate Professor Bernd Gruber

Bradley Moggridge

Thesis: Incorporating cultural values and perspectives of First Peoples’ (Aboriginal People) into water planning and environmental water management
Supervisor(s): Professor Ross Thompson and Professor Peter Radoll

Andrew O'Reilly-Nugent

Email: Andrew.O'
Thesis: Understanding invasiveness: predicting plant invasion success and impacts on native communities
Supervisor(s): Richard Duncan, Elizabeth Wandrag

Foyez Shams

Email: Foyez Shams
Thesis: Population genetic structure and breeding activity of two native fish (Golden perch and Murray cod) from a managed catchment: a case study from Lachlan River.
Supervisor(s): Professor Tariq Ezaz

Tuti Siregar

Thesis: Arsenic metabolism in marine organism
Supervisor(s): Simon Foster, William Maher

David Thuo

Thesis: Conservation Genomics of Cheetahs
Supervisor(s): Dianne Gleeson, Elise Furlan

Our Emeritus staff play an extremely important role in the life of the Institute. Drawn from leaders in academia, government and industry, they contribute to our research, act as advocates for our work, and provide access to networks spanning the globe. They provide a diverse set of skills to the IAE ranging from university academics, economists, CEO’s and land managers, to media artists focused on environmental and indigenous knowledge. Many take an active interest in our students and provide valuable advice and mentoring.

Dr Shuvo (Khandoker) Bakar


Professor James Barrett

Wildlife management programs, management of freshwater fish, vertebrate pest management

Dr Tracey Benson

Media arts focussed on environmental and indigenous knowledge

Professor Peter Bridgewater

Terrestrial and marine biodiversity governance, novel ecosystems, landscape ecology, science policy interfaces

Professor Sue Briggs

Ecosystem management, conservation biology, environmental impact assessment, conservation and environmental policy

Associate Professor Anthony Chariton

Aquatic ecology, ecogenomics, ecotoxicology, biometry

Professor George Cho

Professor in Geographic Information Systems and the Law

Associate Professor Brian Cooke

Conservation of native fauna and flora, population dynamics of native and introduced fauna

Dr Alistair (Vincent) Drake

Insect migration and use of radar

Professor Jenny Graves AO

Genetic and genomic research

Professor Brian Green

Animal energetics

Dr John Hewson AM

Sustainability economics

Dr Marion Hoehn

Ecology, evolutionary biology, genetics

Associate Professor Clare Holleley

Sex determination

Associate Professor Dianne Jolley

Environmental chemistry and toxicology

Professor Gary Jones

Freshwater science (ecology and chemistry) and management

Professor Rod Kennett

Environmental research and management in indigenous and private sectors

Ms Alice Kenney

Wildlife ecology and data management

Professor Andrzej Killian

Genetics, research in next generation sequencing and application in agriculture and plant science

Associate Professor Peter Kinnell

Land and environment

Professor Charles Krebs

Ecology in theory and practice

Dr Julien Lepetit

Water sensitive urban design, green infrastructure

Ann MacDonald

Conservation and population genetics and genomics, environmental and trace DNA, mammals, invasive animals

Associate Professor Ikuo Miura

Sex determination in amphibians

Professor Peter O'Brien

Science-policy interface, research leadership, multi-disciplinary research

Dr Denis O'Meally


Associate Professor Gerry Olsen

Raptors and predation

Associate Professor Will Osborne

Conservation biology, herpetology, invertebrate conservation

Professor Tony Peacock

Invasive animals and R&D with large research organisations

Dr Sue Powell

Environmental flows, hydrology, aquatic ecology, spatial analysis

Mr Greg Raisin

Wetland ecology, water quality, science to policy interface

Dr Anett Richter

Conservation biology of invertebrates, biodiversity research, golden sun moth expert

Dr Jane Roberts

Plants and vegetation of riverine systems, their ecology and responses to water change, rehabilitation of these systems

Professor Glen Saunders

Vertebrate ecology and pest animal management

Dr Bill Sea

Applied ecology and plant ecology

Associate Professor Brad Sherman

Environment fluid dynamics, reservoir water quality, aquatic greenhouse gas emissions

The Research Support Unit provides administrative oversight and input to ensure the IAE’s science programs are developed, and managed efficiently and effectively. The Unit also manages the various reporting obligations of the IAE, and facilitates the external profile of the IAE to ensure high levels of accessibility and the provision of up-to-date information.

Robert Bryce

Technical Services Manager

Overall management and oversight of the Institutes research facilities
Phone: +61 2 6201 2537

Em Carlson

Administrative Assistant

Reception and general administrative support
Phone: +61 2 62012795

Liz Drummond

Communications and Engagement Officer

Marketing, Social Media, Webmaster
Phone: +61 2 62068384

Barbara Harriss

Staff and Student Administration Officer

Manages Human Resources, Student Administration, and Honorary Appointments.
Phone: +61 2 6201 2795

Frank Krikowa

Eco Chemistry Laboratory Manager

Phone: +61 2 62012650

Wendy Ruscoe

Reptile Facility Manager

Phone: +61 2 62015379

Helen Thomas

Executive Assistant/Research Grants Officer

Executive Assistant to the Director and Research Administration for the Institute.
Phone: +61 2 62015893

Jane Ebner

Risk & Compliance Officer

Academic Qualification(s): BSc Science (UC)
Phone: +61 2 62012939

Susan Ward

Executive Officer

Academic Qualification(s): Diploma of Accounting, Cert of Applied Corporate Governance, Master of Legal Studies (UC)
Phone: +61 2 62015924

Llara Weaver

Laboratory Manager – Genetics and Water Science

Academic Qualification(s): Dip. Lab Tech, BSc Psych (ANU) in progress
Phone: +61 2 62015353

Jason Weber

Institute IT Manager

Responsible for the Institutes Research IT Infrastruture.
Phone: +61 2 62015572