Behavioural and Physiological Ecology

Behavioural & Physiological Ecology The major scientific goal of the Behavioural and Physiological Ecology research centre (BPE) is to investigate behavioural and physiological adaptations of native Australian animals living in various habitats. The Centre aims to quantify the impact of environmental changes, such as climate change and habitat degradation of woodlands and forests on behavioural and functional adaptations. BPE integrates aspects of foraging ecology, reproductive behaviour, dispersal patterns, thermal biology, stress biology, evolutionary biology, parasitology, and energetics to make predictions of how changes to the current landscape and climate will affect survival of native animals. The Centre fulfils goals of the UNE strategic plan to conduct excellent research by tackling global problems regionally and be known nationally and internationally for its research in environmental science.

Pygmy possumThe major objectives of the Research Centre are to provide a productive and collaborative research environment for staff and research students of the Centre, and to conduct high quality research and publish findings in high impact journals.

Our People

Centre members include UNE research staff and postgraduate students, and collaborators from around the world...

Centre Director
Professor Fritz Geiser
Professor
Zoology, University of New England
Centre Members
A/Professor Nigel Andrew
Associate Professor
Zoology, University of New England
Dr Stuart Cairns
Lecturer
Zoology, University of New England 
E/Professor Hugh Ford
Emeritus Professor
Zoology, University of New England
Dr Graham Hall
Associate Professor
Zoology, University of New England
Dr Gerhard Koertner
Postdoctoral Fellow
Zoology, University of New England
Dr Tommy Leung
Lecturer
Zoology, University of New England
Dr Bronwyn McAllan
Senior Lecturer
Physiology, The University of Sydney
A/Professor Paul McDonald
Associate Professor
Zoology, University of New England
Professor John Paterson
Professor
Earth Sciences, University of New England
Dr Clare Stawski
Postdoctoral Fellow
Zoology, University of New England
A/Professor Karl Vernes
Associate Professor
Ecosystem Management, University of New England
Professor Steve Wroe
Professor
Zoology, University of New England
Associate Members
Dr Kirsti Abbott
Associate Lecturer
Zoology, University of New England
Professor Mark Brigham
Professor
Biology, University of Regina, Canada
Dr Christine Cooper
Curtin University, WA
Dr Steve Debus
Adjunct Lecturer
Zoology, University of New England
Dr Jean Drayton
Postodoctoral Fellow
Zoology, University of New England
Dr Chris Pavey
CSIRO, Northern Territory
Dr Alexander Riek
University Gottingen, Germany
Dr Chris Turbill
University of Western Sydney, NSW
Dr John Terblanche
Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Dr Senshan Wang
Postodoctoral Fellow
Zoology, University of New England
Honours and Masters Students
Honours Students
Daniella Rojas (completed 2009)
Zoology
Chris Wacker (completed 2009)
Zoology
Kristy Peters (completed 2010)
Zoology
Perrin Digby (in progress exp finish date 2010)
Zoology
Katrina McGrath (in progress, will finish June 2010)
Ecosystem Management
Natasha Crook (enrolled 2010)
Zoology; Ecosystem Management
Kathryn Lambert (enrolled 2010)
Zoology
Frances Zewe (enrolled 2010)
Zoology; Ecosystem Management
Natasha Stanton (enrolled 2010)
Zoology
Juliana Holt (completed 2013)
Zoology
Jaya Matthews (completed 2013)
Zoology
Annalie Dorph
Samantha Doohan David Mitchell Kodie Noy
Penny Wright Geoff Coates Theo Luk
Ruth Norris Kaitlin Formosa Sigrid McKenzie
MSc students
Salwa Eraeh (completed 2013)
Zoology
Nick Leseberg (completed 2013)
Zoology
Stacey McCormack
Zoology
Matthew Stanton (completing thesis to 2010)
Zoology
Sangay Dorji (2009-2011)
Ecosystem Management
James Clayton (2007 – 2010)
Ecosystem Management 
Chris Brown Matthew Godson  Tina Roshan
Elham Sadeghi Mahoba Alderah
PhD Students
Ben Black (completed Ph.D. 2009) NMSC
Zoology
Annette Harrison (completed Ph.D. 2009) NMSC
Zoology
Greg Lollback (completed Ph.D. 2009)
Zoology
Adam Smith (completing thesis, to 2010)
Zoology
Melissa Danks (2008 – 2010)
Ecosystem Management
Darren Fielder (2008 – 2011)
Ecosystem Management 
Joanne Lenehan (2006 – 2010)
Ecosystem Management 
Austin O'Malley (2006 – 2011)
Ecosystem Management 
Clare Stawski (2007 to 2010)
Zoology
James Turner (2007 to 2010
Zoology
Daniella Rojas (2009 to 2012)
Zoology
Chris Wacker (2010 to 2013)
Zoology
Miyako Warrington (2010 to 2013)
Macquarie University
Matthew Binns (2009-2012)
Zoology
Tom Mooney (2009-2012)
Zoology
Chanthy Pol (2008-2011)
Zoology
Michelle Yates (2010 -2013)
Zoology
Artiom Bondarenco (2013)
Ahmad Barati
Zoology
Kathryn Lambert
Zoology
Huw Nolan
Zoology
Leah Tsang
Zoology
Tiger Sangay Frances Zewe
Paul Meek Helen Morgan Catie Gowen
Trent Forge Justine Phillips Shannon Currie
Anna Doty John Cook Ada Klinkhamer
Rachel Lawrence Matt Binns Michelle Yates
Isobel Roberts Behnaz Ghaedi Zac Hemmings

Contacts

For any enquiries about the Centre, please contact:

Professor Fritz Geiser - Director
Phone: +61 2 6773 2868
Fax: +61 2 6773 3814 
Email:  fgeiser@une.edu.au