Dr Frederik Saltre

Research Fellow - Paleoecological Modelling

College of Science and Engineering

place Biological Sciences (213)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I joined Flinders University in the College of Science and Engineering in July 2017 as Research Fellow in Palaeo-ecological Modelling for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage. I am the Coordinator of the Global Ecology Laboratory (with Professor Corey Bradshaw) and a member of the Weisbecker Lab (with Associate Professor Vera Weisbecker).

From 2013 to 2017, I was an ARC Research Associate at the University of Adelaide. Previously, I held a joint one year appointment with the Centre for Bio-Archaeology and Ecology and the School of Advanced Studies (EPHE) as Lecturer at Montpellier (France), and was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Oregon State University (USA).

I am an Ecologist specialised in Global Change Ecology and Biogeography. My research focuses on how environmental and biological drivers shape the spatio-temporal responses of terrestrial and marine species (vertebrate and vegetation) to past, present and future climate changes. My most important contributions have been in applied ecology, biodiversity and conservation, theoretical ecology, extinction dynamics, human demography, species responses to climate change and applying ecological theory, modelling and spatial statistics approaches to predict ecosuystem changes.

  • PhD, Biology Geosciences Agro-resources and Environment, University Montpellier 2, France 2010
  • MSc, Biology Geosciences Agro-resources and Environment, University Montpellier 2, France 2006
  • BSc, Biology of Organisms, University Montpellier 2, 2004
Honours, awards and grants
  • Visiting Scholarship Award at Center for the Study of Origins, University of Colorado Boulder, CO, USA (Spring 2019)
  • Environment Institute’s International Conference Scheme grant, University of Adelaide, SA, Australia (2014)

  • Travel Grant International Biogeography Society Biennial Conference, Miami, FL, USA (2013)

  • 1-year appointment Assistant professor Fellowship, France (2010).

Key responsibilities

My position is primarily research-focussed.

Current/recent Research Associates:

Current/recent/past Research Assistants:

Scientific journal referee:

American Geophysical Union Books, Biology Letters, Canadian Journal of Forest Research, Ecography, Ecological Modelling, Ecology and Evolution, Ecology Letters, Global Ecology and Biogeography, Global and Planetary Changes, Journal of Biogeography, Method in Ecology and Evolution, Nature Communication, PLoS One,Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia and Tree.

Grant reviewer:

British Ecological Society (BES) Review College, European Research Council (ERC), United States of America National Science Foundation (NSF) and Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF).

Teaching interests

Current student supervision

  • Emilie Roy-Dufresne: modelling the effect of climate change on invasive species (PhD University of Adelaide, 2015 -)
  • Antoine Champreux: palaeovegetation modelling in South America (PhD Flinders University, 2018 -)
  • Fiona Laviano: Neanderthal and Homo spaiens interactions (PhD Flinders University, 2018 -)
  • Kathryn Venning: koala population dynamics (PhD Flinders University, 2019 -)
  • Seamus Doherty: ecological networks for modelling climate change in the Australian wet tropics (PhD Flinders Unniversity, 2020 -)
  • Phuong Chau: ecological network for arid communities in Australia (Honours Flinders University, ongoing)
  • Sofie Costin: population viability analyses for re-introduced native mammals (Honours Flinders University, ongoing)
  • Peter Hamnett: demographic model to support feral pig eradication on Kangaroo Island

Past student supervision

  • Claire Moore: habitat selection of the regent parrot MSc Flinders University, High Distinction, 2019)
  • Kathryn Venning: feral cat population models (Honours Flinders University, High distinction, 2018)
Topic lecturer
STEM2005 Innovation in STEM
BIOL3703 PalaeoEcological Modelling
BIOL7720 Honours Research Design & Statistics
Supervisory interests
Climate-change modelling
Palaeo-ecology and palaeo-climate
Spatial ecology
Species distribution modelling
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Ecology (5)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Mr Sebastián Block Munguía

MSc. in Applied Ecology, graduated with distinction - AUG 2015

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