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Current Lab Members



Associate Professor Phillip Cassey

Lab Supervisor

Phill is Director of the Centre for Applied Conservation Science and Associate Head of the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology in the School of Biological Sciences, The University of Adelaide.

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Talia Wittmann

Lab Manager/Research Assistant

Talia oversees the lab's research project activity; assisting with scientific data management, grant writing, publication and research translation. Talia curates and maintains the lab's digital communication platforms and provides general administrative and teaching support.



Jack Tatler

PhD Candidate

(Co-supervised by Dr Thomas Prowse)

Jack is collaborating with the Australian Wildlife Conservancy to investigate how the spatiotemporal movement patterns, resource utilisation and resource selection by dingoes are driven by environmental and meteorological variables.



Sarah Heinrich

PhD Candidate

(Co-supervised by Associate Professor Joshua Vincent Ross & Dr Christopher R Shepherd)

Sarah is quantitatively assessing the illegal global trade of pangolin species from Southeast Asia and Africa.


Nadia Meakin

Administration Support Officer

Nadia assists with managing the activities and communication for the Centre for Applied Conservation Science. She also oversees the lab general administration and teaching support.



Oliver Stringham

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Oliver is investigating the biosecurity risks of the illegal exotic pet trade funded through a Centre for Invasive Species Solutions grant. His research focuses on understanding the pre-establishment stages of biological invasions




Adam Toomes

PhD Candidate

Adam is using automated data collection methods to investigate links between the online wildlife trade and the introduction of alien species in Australia.



Shannon S. Lauchlan

PhD Candidate

(Co-supervised by Professor Ivan Nagelkerken)

Shannon is researching human vs climate change effects on estuarine fish and shellfish communities and productivity.



Freyja Watters

PhD Candidate

(Co-supervised by Associate Professor Joshua Vincent Ross)

Freyja is analysing wildlife trafficking and crime in Southeast Asia.


Chandran Pfitzner

PhD Candidate

(Co-supervised by Professor Paul Thomas)

Chandran is investigating the effectiveness of population-level genetic engineering using a CRISPR/Cas9 gene drive in mice for the control of invasive mammals.



Aakash Lamba

PhD Candidate

(Co-supervised by Professor Lian Pin Koh & Dr Ramesh Raja Segaran)

Aakash is exploring accessible, customisable and novel technological solutions for enhancing effectiveness of biodiversity conservation initiatives.



Katie Hill

PhD Candidate

(Co-supervised by John Tyler)

Adapting and creating forensic technologies to trace the origins of animals in illegal wildlife trade



Rachel Su Yi McLean

Masters Student

(Co-supervised by Professor Matthew Roughan & Associate Professor Joshua Vincent Ross)

Rachel is developing mathematical network models for combating the global illegal pangolin trade.




Abilash Sivadasan

Honours Student

Abilash is studying the pathways and dynamics of the Australian CITIES wildlife seizures data from the last 16 years



Anna Rogers

Honours Student

(Co-supervised by John Read & Katherine Moseby

Anna is researching optimising audio lures and inducing grooming behaviour through flavoured gells to improve the Felixer Grooming traps for foxes