Dr Katharina J Peters

Casual Professional

College Services, Science and Engineering

place Biological Sciences (214)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I'm originally from Germany, where I conducted my undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Osnabrück. In 2010, 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 with the BirdLab investigating hybridisation in Darwins tree finches on the Galapagos Archipelago.

In 2018 I was a postdoctoral research fellow investigating the foraging ecology of toothed whales at Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand.

Currently, I work the Global Ecology Lab at Flinders University as a database manager and analyst.


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 Osnabrück, Germany)

Honours, awards and grants

Australia Awards / Endeavour Research Fellowship (2018)

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
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.

Higher degree by research student achievements
Katharina J. Peters

3-Minute-Thesis Competition 1st place & People's Choice Award (School Round) - MAY 2013