I’m an ecologist who enjoys contributing solutions to global conservation problems.
My research interests are in ecology and evolution, biodiversity conservation and environmental decision making. Much of my work is focused on understanding animal and plant responses to fire, landscape modification and climate change. This includes doing a mix of ecological modelling, field experiments and scenario analysis.
I was recently awarded a Centenary Fellowship by the University of Melbourne to start new research on plants, evolutionary adaptation and global change. I work in the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences and my new position also involves close collaboration with researchers in the Quantitative and Applied Ecology Group and the Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute.
From 2015-2017 I was based in Spain at the Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia. I continue to work closely with the Biodiversity and Landscape Ecology lab in Solsona, Spain. My work from 2011-2018 was completed as a member of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions. I completed my PhD at Deakin University in 2011, where I studied the distribution, ecology and conservation of small mammals in semi-arid Australia. I still love working on mammals.
Here’s a snapshot of some projects and ideas I’m working on.
- Plants, evolutionary adaptation and global change with SEFS, QAECO, Bio21 and colleagues in Spain (funded by my Centenary Fellowship).
- The Spatial Solutions Fire Ecology Project with Bennett, Clarke, Giljohann, McCarthy and DELWP (funded by an ARC Linkage Grant).
- Integrating ecological models to secure biodiversity across flammable continents with Brotons, QAECO and colleagues from around the world (funded by veski, ARC CEED and the Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia).
- Small mammals, habitat refuges and fire regimes with Senior, Giljohann and McCarthy (funded by an ARC Linkage Grant and student grants Senior was awarded from CSIRO, Parks Victoria and Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment).
I’m keen to hear from prospective students. Shoot me an email if you’d like to discuss the topics listed above or if you have ideas for developing your own research projects.
Dr. Luke Kelly
Centenary Research Fellow
School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences
The University of Melbourne