BIO3990 Student (Sem 1, 2021)

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Dr David Chapple

Professor in Evolutionary and Conservation Ecology

Dave completed his PhD at the Australian National University (with Prof Scott Keogh) on the evolutionary ecology and molecular phylogenetics of Liopholis skinks, before heading to New Zealand to conduct postdoctoral research at Victoria University of Wellington on the origin and evolution of the New Zealand skink fauna. In July 2007, Dave moved to Museum Victoria to complete an ARC postdoctoral fellowship on the invasion dynamics of the delicate skink (Lampropholis delicata). He started at Monash University in July 2009 and his current research focuses on the evolutionary ecology of environmental change.

BIO3990 Student (Sem 1, 2021)

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Arman Pili

PhD Student

Co-supervised by Dr Reid Tingley

For his PhD, Arman is investigating the correlates of invasion success in reptiles and amphibians.

BIO3990 Student (Sem 1, 2021)

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Claire Walke

PhD Student

Co-supervised by Dr Alexandra Carthey and Prof Bob Wong.

For her PhD project, Claire will be investigating the impact of feral cats on the behaviour of native Australian lizards.

Honours student (First Class Honours), 2019

Thesis title: How the gang got away: the role of group composition and geographic isolation in the antipredator behaviour of an invasive lizard.

For her honours project, Claire investigated the antipredator behaviour of the invasive delicate skink on Lord Howe Island.

BIO3990, Sem 1, 2018

Claire examined whether delicate skink colour morphs selected backgrounds that matched their colour patterns

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Intern, 2016-2017

Claire collated data and prepared draft Red List assessments for the IUCN assessments of Australian squamates.

BIO3990 Student (Sem 1, 2021)

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Rachel Schwarz

PhD Student

Main Supervisor: Prof Shai Meiri, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Rachel is based at Tel Aviv University. She is investigating the relationship between habitat and behaviour, ecophysiology and morphology in lizards.

BIO3990 Student (Sem 1, 2021)

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Nicholas Gale

Honours student, 2022-2023

Co-supervised by A/Prof Kylie Robert

For his Honours project, Nick is investigating the distribution and ecology of the Critically Endangered Kaputar rock skink, Egernia roomi.

BIO3990 Student (Sem 1, 2021)

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Jules Farquhar

Research Assistant

Jules is currently a research assistant in the research group working on a range of projects on skink conservation and ecophysiology.

Honours student (First Class Honours), 2019-2020

Co-supervised by Prof Craig White

Thesis title: The ecophysiological basis of range limits in the delicate skink, Lampropholis delicata.

Jules investigated the distribution and ecophysiology of the delicate skink in the Coolah Tops region of NSW.

BIO3990 Student (Sem 1, 2021)

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Jack Brand

PhD Student

Co-supervised by Prof Bob Wong

Jack completed his Honours degree at The University of New South Wales in 2017, investigating the neural mechanisms of animal learning and behaviour. For his PhD at Monash, Jack will be looking at how animal behaviour can influence biological invasions. In particular, his project will aim to determine the role of behavioural flexibility, and its neuroanatomical basis, in mediating the ability of a species to invade and become established in novel environments.

BIO3990 Student (Sem 1, 2021)

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Luke Bonifacio

PhD Student

Co-supervised by Dr Jessica Walsh

For his PhD project, Luke will be examining the conservation and ecology of Data Deficient and threatened Australian skinks.

Co-supervised by Prof Shai Meiri (Tel Aviv University)

Thesis title: What predicts the extinction risk of Australian skinks?

For his honours project, Luke compared the macroecology of Australian skinks between categories of the IUCN Red List.

BIO3990 Student (Sem 1, 2021)

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Kelsey Graham

Honours student, 2022-2023

For her Honours project, Kelsey is investigating the ecology and conservation of the Data Deficient long sunskink, Lampropholis elongata.

BIO3990, Sem 1, 2022

For her BIO3990 project, Kelsey examined the determinants of detectability in the glossy grass skink, Pseudemoia rawlinsoni.

BIO3990 Student (Sem 1, 2021)

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Christina Paizis

Honours student, 2023

Co-supervised by Dr Alexandra Carthey and Prof Bob Wong

For her Honours project, Christina will be investigating the impact of feral cats on native Australian lizards.

BIO3990 Student (Sem 1, 2021)

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Marco Camaiti

PhD Student

Co-supervised by Assoc Prof Alistair Evans and Dr Christy Hipsley

For his PhD, Marco is examining the morphological and ecophysiological aspects of limb reduction and loss in Australian skinks.

BIO3990 Student (Sem 1, 2021)

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Jaclyn Harris

PhD Student

Co-supervised by Dr Jane Melville and Dr Claire McLean.

For her PhD project, Jaclyn will be examining the impact of fire on reptile populations.

Honours student (First Class Honours), 2018-2019

Thesis title: Is the invasive delicate skink, Lampropholis delicata,
competing with native skink species in New Zealand?

For her honours project, Jaclyn investigated the behavioural ecology of the delicate skink.

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Intern, 2016-2017, and BIO3990, Sem 1, 2017

Jaclyn collated data and prepared draft red list assessments in preparation for the IUCN assessments of Australian squamate reptiles held in Perth (Feb 2017) and Monash University (June 2017). In addition, she completed a BIO3990 project examining the impact of human-assisted transportation on the behaviour of the delicate skink, Lampropholis delicata.

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Madison Staff

PhD Student

Co-supervised by Dr Jane Melville and Dr Claire McLean.

For her PhD project, Maddy will be investigating the impact of fire on ants in Little Desert NP

Honours student (First Class Honours), 2021

Thesis title: The impacts of fire on the structure and diversity of ants within the Little Desert NP.

For her honours project, Maddy invested the impact of fire on invertebrates in Little Desert NP, Victoria.

BIO3990 Student (Sem 1, 2021)

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Catherine Bushell

Honours student, 2022-2023

For her Honours project, Catherine is investigating the biology and ecology of the Critically Endangered Kaputar rock skink, Egernia roomi.

BIO3990, Sem 2, 2021

For her BIO3990 project, Catherine examined the conservation of Data Deficient skinks worldwide.