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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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment 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 15 - Life on Land

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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