Professor Corey Bradshaw

Matthew Flinders Professor of Global Ecology

College of Science and Engineering

place Biological Sciences
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I joined Flinders University in January 2017 as the Matthew Flinders Fellow in Global Ecology. I am the Director of the Global Ecology Laboratory and a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage, and I lead its Modelling Node here at Flinders.

From 2008-2015 I was at the University of Adelaide (Sir Hubert Wilkins Chair of Climate Change 2015-2016), and from 2004-2008 I was Senior then Principal Research Fellow at Charles Darwin University. I was an ARC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Tasmania from 1999-2004.

My research is mainly in the area of global-change ecology — how human endeavour and climate fluctuations have altered past, present and future ecosystems. My most important contributions have been in the area of applied ecology, biodiversity conservation, theoretical ecology, extinction dynamics, human demography, species responses to climate change, disease ecology, and applying ecological theory and modelling techniques to hindcast prehistoric ecosystems. My work has provided environmental policy advice around the world, and my papers are highly cited.

My most recent book, entitled The Effective Scientist — A Handy Guide to a Successful Academic Career (Cambridge University Press), is available online at CUP, Amazon, or Google. I have also co-edited a book with Dr Katherine Yates of the University of Salford entitled Offshore Energy and Marine Spatial Planning. My 2015 book with Professor Paul Ehrlich of Stanford University is entitled Killing the Koala and Poisoning the Prairie: Australia, America and the Environment (Chicago University Press).

Honours, awards and grants
Key responsibilities

My position is primarily research-focussed.

Current/recent research fellows:

Teaching interests

Current/recently completed postgraduate student supervisions

  • Bruno Carturan: coral reef dynamic modelling (PhD, UBC, Canada)
  • Antoine Champreux: palaeo-vegetation models (PhD Flinders University)
  • Sofie Costin: population viability analyses for re-introduced native mammals (Honours Flinders University; starting in 2021)
  • Felicity Coutts: palaeo-ecology of the Ediacaran (PhD Univ Adelaide/South Australian Museum; completed)
  • Seamus Doherty: ecological networks for modelling climate change in the Australian wet tropics (PhD Flinders University)
  • Dr Ben Heard: energy modelling (PhD Univ Adelaide; completed)
  • Fiona Laviano: human/megafauna interactions (PhD Flinders University)
  • Dr Jarod Lyon: river restoration for fish (PhD Univ Adelaide/Arthur Rylah Institute; completed)
  • Kealyn Madden: climate-change effects on arid-land vegetation (Honours, Flinders University)
  • Rupert Mathwin: frog ecology (PhD Flinders University)
  • Claire Moore: habitat selection of regent parrots (MSc Flinders University)
  • Claire Perry: Global relationships between availability and quality of family planning services and fertility rates (Honours Univ Western Australia)
  • Madeline Riley: assessing shark bite risks and mitigation measures (PhD Flinders University)
  • Kathryn Venning: feral cat population models (Honours Flinders University; Higher Distinction; recently completed)
  • Kathryn Venning: koala population dynamics (PhD Flinders University)
Topic coordinator
BIOD7710 Honours Critical Readings
Topic lecturer
BIOD7710 Honours Critical Readings
BIOL3701 Conservation Biology and Restoration Ecology
STEM2002 Applied Problem Solving with Computers
ENVS9890 Major Research Topic
BIOD1102 Introduction to Biodiversity and Conservation
BIOL7720 Honours Research Design & Statistics
BIOD2701 Biodiversity and Conservation
STEM7001 Research Methods for Honours
Supervisory interests
Community ecology
Ecological sustainability
Energy security
Palaeo-ecology and palaeo-climate
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Ecology (5)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Dr Ana Sequeira

Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence - JUN 2014

Dr Sanghyun Hong

Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence - OCT 2014

David Deane

Dean's Commendation for Master by Thesis Research Excellence - NOV 2016

Dr Salvador Herrando-Pérez

Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence - JUN 2012

Dr Benjamin Heard

PhD conferred - MAR 2018

Dr Jarod Lyon

PhD conferred - AUG 2018

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  • Animals
  • Biodiversity
  • Climate
  • Conservation
  • Demography
  • Ecology
  • Ecosystems
  • Energy - Nuclear
  • Energy - Renewable
  • Environment
  • Mammals
  • Palaeontology
  • Science
  • Statistics
  • Sustainability
  • Wildlife
  • Zoology
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