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Dr John Martin

Wildlife Ecologist

Research Interests

Our conservation research and management ranges from the site scale of the Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands, to collaborating with Universities and Government agencies across Australia. Focal areas of interest include: urban ecology, spatial ecology and demography, invasion biology and management, ecological citizen science and ecological and conservation literacy within the community.

Current Projects

Our urban ecology research is currently focusing on species adaptation to this altered environment. Looking at where species find resources within the landscape, and preferential foraging and habitat requirements (Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Australian White Ibis, Powerful Owl, Grey-headed Flying-fox and European Red Fox). Some of these questions also apply to the ‘Hollows as Homes’ project, where citizen scientists are assessing tree hollow and nest-box characteristics, distribution and wildlife use.

Our spatial ecology research focuses on several scales, from connectivity of fragmented patches at a local scale (European Red Fox, Swamp Wallaby, Wallaroo, Eastern Grey Kangaroo and woodland birds) to the continental scale of eastern Australia (Grey-headed and Black Flying-foxes).

Our ‘Eco Literate’ research is establishing how engaged school students are with conservation and ecology. This baseline data aims to assess the results in the context of students’ attitudes, family behaviours and sources of knowledge.

Wildlife Ecology