• 779 Citations
  • 16 h-Index

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Personal profile

Personal profile

Melanie's area of expertise covers the fields of behavioural ecology, evolutionary biology and conservation biology. Her current research focuses on contemporary adaptation, consequences of population bottlenecks and interactions between native and exotic species. Her research is aimed at understanding mechanisms that underlie severe declines or extinction of animal populations and at integrating novel concepts into conservation management and reintroduction efforts in order to ensure the long-term survival of native species.

Research Interests

  • Management of endangered bird species
  • Reintroduction biology
  • Conservation genetics
  • Quantifying threats of invasive species and diseases to native birds
  • Seabird ecology and evolution

Professional Information

External Appointments & Memberships:

  • Australasian Seabird Group (part of Birdlife Australia) (Executive Committee Member and Treasurer)
  • Australian Evolution Society
  • International Society for Behavioural Ecology

Editorial roles on journals:

  • Austral Ecology (Associate Editor)


  • BIO216/416: Conservation Biology
  • BIO430: Avian Biology
  • BIO433: Ornithological Methods
  • SCI302: International Practical Experience to Nepal

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Otago


Master of Science, Memorial University of Newfoundland


Bachelor of Science, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University


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Research Output

  • 779 Citations
  • 16 h-Index
  • 53 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Chapter (peer-reviewed)
  • 1 Comment/debate

Diet segregation in Adélie penguins: Some individuals attempt to overcome colony-induced and annual foraging challenges

Massaro, M., Ainley, D., Santora, J., Quillfeldt, P., Lescroël, A., Whitehead, A., Varsani, A., Ballard, G. & Lyver, P., 09 Jul 2020, In : Marine Ecology Progress Series. 645, p. 205-218 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Nest predation rates and identification of predators at songbird nests in Tasmanian woodlands

    Lawrence, C., Briskie, J. V. & Massaro, M., 21 Apr 2020, In : Corella. 44, p. 14-21 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Additive traits lead to feeding advantage and reproductive isolation, promoting homoploid hybrid speciation

    Masello, J. F., Quillfeldt, P., Sandoval-Castellanos, E., Alderman, R., Calderón, L., Cherel, Y., Cole, T. L., Cuthbert, R. J., Marin, M., Massaro, M., Navarro, J., Phillips, R. A., Ryan, P. G., Shepherd, L. D., Suazo, C. G., Weimerskirch, H., Moodley, Y. & Russo, C. (ed.), 01 Aug 2019, In : Molecular Biology and Evolution. 36, 8, p. 1671-1685 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Differences in flight initiation distance (FID) between rural and urban populations of two species of Australian birds

    Davey, S., Massaro, M. & Freire, R., 29 Jul 2019, In : Behaviour. 156, 11, p. 1151-1164 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Do parents synchronise nest visits as an antipredator adaptation in birds of New Zealand and Tasmania?

    Khwaja, N., Massaro, M., Martin, T. E. & Briskie, J. V., 11 Oct 2019, In : Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 7, p. 1-11 11 p., 389.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access