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Lecturer Dr Anke Frank has extensive research experience in wildlife ecology and management from a range of predominantly Australian biomes spanning coastal to far inland and temperate to tropical habitats. 

She works collaboratively with national and international tertiary institutions, Governmental as well as non-Governmental organisations. Her research program covers a diversity of taxa including mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and birds. The central theme of her research concerns how native species and habitats are impacted by introduced species, and how these interactions can be managed to provide sustainable management outcomes. She has recently started to explore the role of pathogens in these interactions. Her research directed by Budjiti people expands on this theme, and focuses on improvements in landscape health around the theme of disturbance (e.g. mining, grazing, introduced species) since colonisation.

Dr Anke Frank received her PhD in terrestrial ecology from The University of Sydney (2010) on the effects of grazing on flora and fauna in the Simpson Desert, Queensland. Her PhD contributed significantly to an ecosystem risk assessment of Georgina Gidgee woodlands, and a better understanding of landscape use by cattle, interactions between native and introduced herbivores, and the importance of accounting for differences in habitats and climate.

Her postdoctoral years included work on predator-prey interactions, focussing on fear and naivety in native species, and declines caused by introduced predators. She addressed this by initiating cross-disciplinary workshops with national and international experts on ‘chemical ecology and predator-prey interactions’. She currently collaborates with Dr. Greg Doran (Chemistry, CSU) and Prof. Stuart McLean (Pharmacology, UTas) on fox scents, and with Assoc. Prof. Andrew Peters (Veterinary Sciences, CSU) on wildlife disease ecology. The central theme of her research is right-way science. She is endorsed by the Budjiti people of the Paroo River Country (far western Queensland) to be their lead ecologist. Since 2016, she is a partner of the Centre for Australian Studies (CAS, University of Cologne, Germany), and is pursuing right-way science collaborations with CAS through a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Cologne.

During her postdoctoral years, she was involved in two global dryland projects in South Africa: DroughtNet and Biodesert. While working as a postdoctoral fellow for the Leibniz Association at the Research Museum Koenig, Bonn, Germany, she worked on approaches to better reach the UN Sustainability Goals, Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the Paris Climate Agreement. As part of this work, she helped revise the Aichi Biodiversity Targets nationally for Germany and the Summary for Policy Makers of the Global Land Degradation Assessment and Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services during forums of the International Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

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 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Terrestrial Ecology, PhD, The ecological impacts of cattle grazing within spinifex grasslands and gidgee woodlands in the Simpson Desert, central Australia, The University of Sydney

Mar 2006Mar 2010

Award Date: 04 Nov 2010

Teaching, Second State Examination, Lesson sequence on conventional versus organic farming, including the visit of an organic farm, Duesseldorf State Examination Board


Teaching, First State Examination (Master equivalent), Reptile diversity in the Australian Arid Zone, University of Bonn

Oct 2001Nov 2002

External positions

Academic, Gulbali Institute

15 May 202331 Dec 2099

Partner, Centre for Australian Studies, University of Cologne, Germany

2016 → …

Subject keywords

  • Biodiversity Conservation
  • Conservation Management
  • Chemical Ecology
  • Citizen Science
  • Predator-prey Interactions
  • Climate Change Impacts
  • Sustainability
  • Grazing Ecology
  • Desert Ecology


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  • Strategies for ecosystem and species conservation

    Christine Schmitt (Participant), Anke S. Frank (Participant) & Kerstin Zander (Participant)

    19 Nov 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventWorkshop/course/forumAcademic

  • Chemical Ecology and Predator-prey Interactions Workshop 2018

    Anke S. Frank (Creator), Markus Fendt (Facilitator), Daniel T. Blumstein (Chair), Raimund Apfelbach (Participant), Alexandra J.R. Carthey (Participant), Christopher R. Dickman (Participant), Thomas Endres (Participant), Daniel E. Heinz (Participant), Menna E. Jones (Participant), Yasushi Kiyokawa (Participant), Judith C. Kreutzmann (Participant), Michael H. Parsons (Participant), Karin Roelofs (Participant), Miriam Schneider (Participant), Julia Sulger (Participant) & Carsten T. Wotjak (Participant)

    Aug 2018 → …

    Activity: Engagement and professional developmentMajor contributions to the field of practiceAcademic

  • Hastings Birdwatchers (External organisation)

    Anke S. Frank (Member)


    Activity: Membership Membership of collaboration/networkCommunity

  • Chemical Ecology and Predator-prey Interactions Workshop 2014

    Anke S. Frank (Creator), Elissa Z. Cameron (Facilitator), Daniel T. Blumstein (Chair), Raimund Apfelbach (Participant), Peter B. Banks (Participant), Christopher R. Dickman (Participant), Menna E. Jones (Participant), Ian S. McGregor (Participant), Stuart McLean (Participant), Dietland Müller-Schwarze (Participant), Michael H. Parsons (Participant) & Elisa E. Sparrow (Participant)

    Aug 2014

    Activity: Engagement and professional developmentMajor contributions to the field of practiceAcademic

  • Northern Territory Naturalist (Journal)

    Anke S. Frank (Editor)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial responsibility