Dr Frederik Saltre

Research Fellow - Palaeoecological 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 interested in how ecosystems change through space and time. I combine modelling approaches with fossil data and genetic knowledge to inform how human pressure and climate changes modified ecosystem functioning such as distributions and interactions of plants, animals, humans, and environments, from a deep-time perspective. I write about ecology and climate change over time from the Late Pleistocene (~126,000 years ago) to the present day, and how our understanding of the past can help prepare us for the future.

  • 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 (PhD Flinders University, 2018 -)
  • Fiona Laviano: human/megafauna interactions (PhD Flinders University, 2018 -)
  • Kathryn Venning: koala population dynamics (PhD Flinders University, 2019 -)
  • Seamus Doherty: ecological networksfor modelling climate change in the Australian wet tropics (PhD Flinders Unniversity, 2020 -)
  • Claire Moore: habitat selection of the regent parrot (MSc Flinders University, 2019 -)
  • Phuong Chau: ecological network for arid communities in Australia (Honours Flinders University, ongoing)

Past student supervision

  • Kathryn Venning: feral cat population models (Honours Flinders University, HIgher distinction, 2018)
Topic lecturer
BIOD7710 Honours Critical Reading
BIOL3703 PalaeoEcological Modelling
STEM2002 Solving problems with computers
BIOL1102 Introduction to Biodiversity and Conservation
Supervisory interests
Climate-change modelling
Palaeo-ecology and palaeo-climate
Spatial ecology
Species distribution modelling
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Ecology (4)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Mr Sebastián Block Munguía

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

Further information


General inquiries for student projects in paleoecology such as megafauna extinctions and/or climate change impacts on plant species paleorange shifts are welcome.

  • Project #1: Quantifying the relative effect of early modern human colonisation patterns on the evolution and diversification of human language
  • Project #2: Using mechanistic SDM to predict plant range shifts in response to large-scale paleoclimate change in Europe and/or northeastern America
  • Project #3: Developping a model-ensemble hindcasting approach to infer the timing of species extinction/occurence from fossil/archaeological records

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