PEOPLE

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.


Amy Iannella

PhD Candidate

(Funded through the Invasive Animals CRC)

Amy is investigating the role of rabbit and virus genetics in the development of resistance to rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV).



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.



Adam Toomes

PhD Candidate

Adam is monitoring the dynamics of online illegal and legal reptile trade and determining the origins of confiscated wildlife using isotope analysis.



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.



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.



Katie Hill

Honours Student

Katie is investigating isotope ratios in invasive species provenance.



Aurelie Kanishka

Honours Student

Aurelie is researching evidence for trait dominance in dingo-domestic dog hybrid skeletons.