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Dr Damian Michael is a Landscape Ecologist and Herpetologist with expertise in designing and implementing long-term ecological monitoring programs, evaluating biotic responses to agri-environment schemes, and conducting conservation-related research projects on frogs, snakes, lizards, woodland birds, small mammals and arboreal marsupials in south-eastern Australia. Damian completed his PhD at The Australian National University in 2010, which focused on quantifying the ecological roles and conservation value of granite outcrops (inselbergs) in agricultural landscapes. Dr Michael is author of Reptiles in the NSW Murray Catchment: A Guide to their Identification, Ecology and Conservation and award-winning Rocky Outcrops in Australia: Ecology, Conservation and Management. He has served as project lead within the National Environmental Science Programme’s Threatened Species Hub, participated in IUCN and EPBC conservation assessments for Australian reptiles, is currently a member of the IUCN Skink Specialist Group and vice-chair and Board Director to the Albury Conservation Company. He currently leads the Squamate Conservation and Landscape Ecology (SCALE) group within the Gulbali Institute.

Research Interests

  • Landscape Ecology
  • Wildlife conservation in human modified
  • Applied and theoretical herpetology
  • Rocky outcrop (inselberg) ecology and conservation
  • Restoration ecology and adaptive management
  • Ecological and biophysical monitoring

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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

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


Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours), Charles Sturt University


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


Physical Sciences, University of Technology


External positions

Vice-chair/Board Director, Albury Conservation Company

2016 → …

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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