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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.

Richard Duncan

Director and Centenary Professor in Conservation Ecology
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Elise Furlan

Senior Research Fellow
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Bernd Gruber

Professor for Spatial and Ecological Modelling
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Robert Kearney

Emeritus Professor in Fisheries Management
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Janine Deakin

Professor in Genomics
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Ralph Mac Nally

Centenary Professor in Ecology
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Duanne White

Associate Professor in Earth Systems
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Jacki Schirmer

Associate Professor in Social Dimensions of Natural Resource Management
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Ross Thompson

Professor in Water Science
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Dianne Gleeson

Professor in Ecological Genetics
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Bill Maher

Professor in Ecochemistry
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Mark Lintermans

Senior Research Fellow in Freshwater Ecology
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Simon Foster

Associate Professor in Chemistry
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Ben Kefford

Associate Professor in Water Science
Phone: +61 2 6201 2086
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Peter Unmack

Postdoctoral Fellow in Fish Biogeography and Conservation
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Jim Hone

Emeritus Professor in Wildlife Management
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Ben Broadhurst

Water Science Project Manager
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Jurian Hoogewerff

Associate Professor
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LeRoy Poff

Distinguished Professor in Riverine Ecology and Environmental flows
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Sue Nichols

Senior Researcher Fellow in Freshwater Ecology
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Fiona Dyer

Professor in Water Science
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Arthur Georges

Distinguished Professor in Genetics and Genomics
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Stephen Sarre

Professor in Wildlife Genetics
Phone: +61 2 62015657
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Tariq Ezaz

Professor in Genetics
Phone: +61 2 6201 2297
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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

David Berman

Thesis: Drivers of fine scale genetic spatial structuring in aquatic organisms
Supervisor(s): Associate Professor Bernd Gruber, Dr Peter Unmack, 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

Eman Alkasasbeh

Thesis: Synthesis and speciation of organic arsenic compounds
Supervisor(s): William Maher, Simon Foster, Frady Gouany

Fayha Alshibli

Thesis: Modelling a Future Water Budget in Jordan: Evaluation of the Major Stressors Affecting Water Availability
Supervisor(s): Professor William Maher and Professor Ross Thompson
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Kyle Hemming

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

Kris Wild

Thesis: Ecological Causes and Consequences of Transitions Between Genetic Sex Determination and Temperature-Sex Determination
Supervisor(s): Stephen Sarre
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Matthew Young

Thesis: Wildlife forensics and phylogenetics of freshwater turtles in Australia and New Guinea
Supervisor(s): Arthur Georges, Dianne Gleeson, Carla Eisemberg
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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

Karl Moy

Thesis: Factors influencing invasion success in rainbowfishes
Supervisor(s): Peter Unmack, Mark Lintermans, Richard Duncan, Culum Brown (Macquarie Uni)

Phil Pearson

Thesis: Evaluation of habitat choice, nest site selection, and offspring phenotypes of wild sex-reversed female central bearded dragons (Pogona vitticeps)
Supervisor(s): Stephen Sarre, Lisa Schwanz (UNSW), and Janine Deakin

Rakhi Palit

Thesis: Understanding invasion patterns and processes associated with garden escapees in Australia
Supervisor(s): Professor Richard Duncan, Associate Professor Paul Downey
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Sarah Bates

Thesis: The role of plant- soil microbe interactions in plant invasion in Australian temperate grasslands
Supervisor(s): Professor Richard Duncan, Dr Lizzie Wandrag, Dr Peter Thrall (CSIRO) and Dr Luke Barrett (CSIRO)

Sarah Whiteley

Thesis: Effect of temperature on the fundamental epigenetic underpinnings of sex determination in two Australian dragon lizards
Supervisor(s): Professor Arthur Georges, Dr Clare Holleley (CSIRO), Dr Vera Weisbecker (The University of Queensland)
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Foyez Shams

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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, Associate Professor Fiona Dyer, Professor Ross Thompson, Centenary Professor Richard Duncan and Dr Jason Thiem

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

Associate Professor Brian Cooke

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

Associate Professor Paul Downey

Associate Professor in Plant Ecology

Dr Alistair (Vincent) Drake

Insect migration and use of radar

Associate Professor Brenda Dyack

Ecological Economics

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

Anna 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

Researchers at the IAE are supported by the Faculty of Science and Technology Professional Staff Team. This Team provides administrative oversight and input to ensure the IAE’s science programs are developed and effectively managed. In addition the IAE employ staff to manage our labs and other facilities, as well as promote our science.

Llara Weaver

Laboratory Manager – Genetics and Eco-Physiology

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