Position

Casual Academic
College of Science and Engineering

Biography

I'm originally from Germany, where I conducted my undergraduate degree in Biology. I moved to Australia to do my Honours on the impact of tourism on bottlenose dolphins in South Australia. After working as a research assistant on different projects in the CEBEL Lab, I conducted my PhD investigating hybridisation in Darwins tree finches on the Galapagos Archipelago. I currently work as a casual academic staff at Flinders University.

Qualifications

PhD in Behavioural Ecology (2012-2016, Flinders University of South Australia)

Honours in Marine Biology (2010, Flinders University of South Australia)

Bachelor of Science in Biology (2006-2009, University of Osnabrueck, Germany)

Honours, awards and grants

International Society for Behavioural Ecology Conference Travel Bursary (2016)

Flinders University Research Student Conference Travel Grant (2014)

Ecological Society of Australia Student Research Grant (2014)

Club300 Bird Protection Grant (2013)

Ruffords Small Grants Foundation - 2nd Seed Grant (2013)

Society of Marine Mammalogy Student Conference Travel Grant (2013)

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund (2012)

Ruffords Small Grants Foundation - Seed Grant (2012)

Flinders University Research Scholarship (2012 - present)

Chanceller's Letter of Commendation (2010)

Research expertise

  • Animal behaviour
  • Ecology

Research interests

My research interests lie at the interface of animal behavior, population ecology and evolutionary biology and how to apply this informaton to better manage the conservation of wild populations and their associated environments. Addressing these questions requires quantitative and interdisciplinary approaches. Thus, I use an integrative approach involving field-intensive ecological and behavioral work with ecological modeling and molecular analyses.

RHD Student Achievements

  • Katharina J. Peters
    3-Minute-Thesis Competition 1st place & People's Choice Award (School Round) - May 2013

Publications

  • Kleindorfer, S.M., Peters, K.J., Hohl, L. and Sulloway, F. (2016). Flight behaviour of an introduced parasite affects its Galápagos Island hosts: Philornis downsi and Darwin’s finches. In Biological Invasions and Animal Behaviour. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 158-179.
  • Kleindorfer, S.M., Peters, K.J., Hohl, L. and Sulloway, F. (2016). Flight behaviour of an introduced parasite affects its Galapagos Island hosts: Philornis downsi and Darwin’s finches. In Judith S. Weis and Daniel Sol, ed. Biological Invasiona and Animal Behaviour. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, pp. 158-179.
  • Kleindorfer, S.M. and Peters, K.J. (2017). Avian population trends in Scalesia forest on Floreana Island (2004-2013): Acoustical surveys cannot detect hybrids of Darwin’s tree finches (Camarhynchus spp.) Bird Conservation International,
    [10.1017/S0959270916000630] [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Peters, K.J. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2017). Avian population trends in Scalesia forest on Floreana Island (2004-2013): Acoustical surveys cannot detect hybrids of Darwin’s Tree Finches (Camarhynchus spp.) Bird Conservation International, pp. 1-17.
  • Peters, K. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2015). Divergent foraging behavior in a hybrid zone: Darwin’s tree finches (Camarhynchus spp.) on Floreana Island. Current Zoology, 61(1) pp. 181-190.
    [Scopus] [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Kleindorfer, S.M., Peters, K., Custance, G., Dudaniec, R. and O'Connor, J.A. (2014). Changes in Philornis infestation behavior threaten Darwin's finch survival. Current Zoology, 60 pp. 542-550.
    [Scopus]
  • Peters, K.J., Parra, G.J., Skuza, P.P. and Moller, L.M. (2013). First insights into the effects of swim-with-dolphin tourism on the behavior, response, and group sctruture of southern Australian bottlenose dolphins. Marine Mammal Science, 29(4) pp. E484-E497.
    [10.1111/mms.12003] [Scopus]
  • Kleindorfer, S.M. and Peters, K.J. (2017). Avian population trends in Scalesia forest on Floreana Island (2004-2013): Acoustical surveys cannot detect hybrids of Darwin’s tree finches (Camarhynchus spp.) Bird Conservation International,
    [10.1017/S0959270916000630] [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Peters, K.J. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2017). Avian population trends in Scalesia forest on Floreana Island (2004-2013): Acoustical surveys cannot detect hybrids of Darwin’s Tree Finches (Camarhynchus spp.) Bird Conservation International, pp. 1-17.
  • Peters, K. and Kleindorfer, S.M. (2015). Divergent foraging behavior in a hybrid zone: Darwin’s tree finches (Camarhynchus spp.) on Floreana Island. Current Zoology, 61(1) pp. 181-190.
    [Scopus] [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Kleindorfer, S.M., Peters, K., Custance, G., Dudaniec, R. and O'Connor, J.A. (2014). Changes in Philornis infestation behavior threaten Darwin's finch survival. Current Zoology, 60 pp. 542-550.
    [Scopus]
  • Peters, K.J., Parra, G.J., Skuza, P.P. and Moller, L.M. (2013). First insights into the effects of swim-with-dolphin tourism on the behavior, response, and group sctruture of southern Australian bottlenose dolphins. Marine Mammal Science, 29(4) pp. E484-E497.
    [10.1111/mms.12003] [Scopus]
  • Kleindorfer, S.M., Peters, K.J., Hohl, L. and Sulloway, F. (2016). Flight behaviour of an introduced parasite affects its Galápagos Island hosts: Philornis downsi and Darwin’s finches. In Biological Invasions and Animal Behaviour. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 158-179.
  • Kleindorfer, S.M., Peters, K.J., Hohl, L. and Sulloway, F. (2016). Flight behaviour of an introduced parasite affects its Galapagos Island hosts: Philornis downsi and Darwin’s finches. In Judith S. Weis and Daniel Sol, ed. Biological Invasiona and Animal Behaviour. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, pp. 158-179.

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Location: Biological Sciences (2303A)
Postal address: GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia
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