• 33 Citations
  • 2 h-Index

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Personal profile

Personal profile

Dr Damian Michael is a postdoctoral researcher within the Murrumbidgee Long-Term Intervention Monitoring team. Over the past 18 years Damian has been involved in monitoring the response of arboreal marsupials to fire and forestry practices in the Central Highlands of Victoria, monitoring birds, reptiles and small mammal responses to ecological fire regimes and invasive weed control in Booderee National Park, and monitoring the response of terrestrial biodiversity and vegetation condition to temperate woodland intervention management and restoration in the box gum grassy woodland ecosystem of south-eastern Australia.

Damian’s research focuses on restoration ecology and applied herpetology in agricultural landscapes where he has worked on understanding the spatial ecology of pythons, sociality in lizards and snakes, morphological plasticity, habitat preferences and developing standardised methods for surveying reptiles. Damian’s PhD focused on understanding the ecological roles of insular granite outcrops in farming landscapes and he is the lead author of Reptiles in the NSW Murray Catchment: A Guide to their Identification, Ecology and Conservation and the award winning Rocky Outcrops in Australia: Ecology, Conservation and Management.

Research Interests

  • Wildlife conservation in agricultural landscapes
  • Applied herpetology
  • Rocky outcrop (inselberg) ecology
  • Restoration ecology and adaptive management

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (Inselberg Ecology/Herpetology), Australian National University


Bachelor of Applied Science (Ecosystem Management and Ecology) (Honours), Charles Sturt University


Physical Sciences, University of Technology


External positions

Senior Manager - Ecologist & Herpetologist, Australian National University

Mar 2010Nov 2018

Senior Research Officer, Australian National University

Aug 2005Mar 2010

Research Officer, Australian National University


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Research Output

  • 33 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
  • 8 Commissioned report
  • 7 Article
  • 4 Communication
  • 1 Book/Film/Article review

Book Review: Cane Toad Wars

Michael, D., May 2020, In : Austral Ecology: a journal of ecology in the Southern Hemisphere. 45, 3, p. 404 1 p., 45.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Movement patterns of an arboreal gecko in fragmented agricultural landscapes reveal matrix avoidance

Hansen, N., Driscol, D., Michael, D. & Lindenmayer, D., Feb 2020, In : Animal Conservation. 23, 1, p. 48-59 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Murrumbidgee Wetlands Monitoring: 2020-2021 water year calendar

    Michael, D., Bourke, G. & Wassens, S., 20 Apr 2020.

    Research output: Resource/documentCommunication

    2 Downloads (Pure)
    Open Access
  • Activities

    Mentorship and supervision of CSU student intern

    Gayleen Bourke (Supervisor), , Skye Wassens (Co-supervisor), & Damian Michael (Mentor)

    10 Jan 202027 Mar 2022

    Activity: Supervision/Examination/MentoringMentor or Internship SupervisionAcademic

    Herpetological Conservation and Biology (Journal)

    Damian Michael (Reviewer)

    05 Mar 2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer review responsibility, including review panel or committee

    Zoology (Journal)

    Damian Michael (Reviewer)

    29 Jan 2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer review responsibility, including review panel or committee

    Behavioural responses of varanids to mine site rehabilitation

    Damian Michael (Examiner)

    13 Mar 2020

    Activity: Supervision/Examination/MentoringThesis Examination

    EWAG - Murrumbidgee Monitoring, Evaluation and Research update - Jan 2020

    Damian Michael (Speaker), , Skye Wassens (Participant), , Gayleen Bourke (Participant), & Andrew Hall (Member)

    11 Mar 2020

    Activity: Other EngagementPublic outreachCommunity

    Press / Media

    Environmental water assists an endangered snake

    Damian Michael & Skye Wassens


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Frogs in the Riverina

    Damian Michael


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    CSU wins 'Most Valuable Team Ribbon' in 2018 University bioQuest

    Harry Moore & Damian Michael


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Review of NSW stock routes puts biodiversity at risk

    Damian Michael


    2 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media