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Dr Alexandra Knight is an ecologist and social researcher with the School of Environmental Sciences.  Alex’s research focuses on the nexus between research and practice, addressing current problems and finding solutions.  Alex’s PhD research (completed in 2015) focussed on a small, little-known amphibian, Sloane’s Froglet, and resulted in widespread community interest and support in protecting the species.  Her current ecological research is focussed on burrowing frogs in the Murray and Mid North coast regions of New South Wales. Alex works closely with Landcare groups, other community groups and schools ensuring research is built collaboratively and that results are spread widely. Alex lectures in natural resource management, open space planning and wildlife management and ecology.  Alex also leads CSU Global’s study trip to Bhutan.

Prior to working at CSU, Alex led the biodiversity program of the then Murray Catchment Management Authority, building a diverse range of projects with farmers and local communities to protect and enhance frogs, ground-nesting birds, native vegetation and mammals. Conservation on private land expanded on her foundation as a Ranger for the Queensland and New South Wales national park services, a job which she loved. Fire-fighting, undertaking comprehensive flora and fauna surveys,  weed and pest species control, community relations and park planning were all part of her daily activities.

Research Interests

Alexandra's research is focused on interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches to environmental management.  Alexandra is particularly interested in knowledge exchange and the mobilisation and utilisation of new knowledge.  Alexandra also researches Australian frogs and bats and works with community groups to ensure that new information about these species can be used to benefit them.

Current projects include:

  1. Better Parks for People.
  2. Mobilising new knowledge successfully: exploring practitioner-researchers' impacts on environmental management.
  3. Habitat management for Sloane's Froglet.
  4. Healthy soils and Australia’s burrowing frogs.
  5. Aboriginal Australians' contemporary wetland plant use and cultural attitudes to water in the Murrumbidgee Catchment.


  • REC205 – Open Space Planning
  • PKM562- Environmental Policy
  • BIO330 Wildlife  Management
  • SCI302 – International Experience (Bhutan)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy and Religious Studies, The University of Sydney

Award Date: 01 Dec 1988

Doctor of Philosophy, The case for Sloane's Froglet: generating new knowledge with the intent to benefit biodiversity, Charles Sturt University


Master of Environmental Management, University of New England

Graduate Diploma in Environmental Studies (Environmental Philosophy) (H1 Honours), University of Tasmania

External positions

Senior Project Officer, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

Jun 2005Apr 2010


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