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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
  • BIO439: Behavioural Ecology
  • 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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