Dr Katharina Peters

Academic Status

College of Science and Engineering

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

I am originally from Germany, where I obtained a BSc (Biology) from the University of Osnabrück in 2009. I then moved to Australia to do an Honours degree on the impact of tourism on bottlenose dolphins in South Australia, followed by a PhD with the BirdLab investigating hybridisation in Darwins tree finches on the Galapagos Archipelago.

Since 2018 I have been a postdoctoral researcher investigating the foraging ecology and distribution of toothed whales at the Cetacean Ecology Research Group at Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand.

Additionally, in 2019, I was a postdoctoal fellow at the Global Ecology Lab at Flinders University where I used the fossil record to study megafauna extinction dynamics in Sahul. During the second half of 2019, I developed a matrix-based population model to investigate the population development of koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) in the Mt Lofty Ranges, South Australia.

SInce 2021 I am a postdoctoral researcher with the Evolutionary Ecology Group at the University of Zürich, where my research focuses on reproductive success in bottlenose dolphins. In 2022, I started a position as postdoctoral researcher at the University of Canterbury, New Zealad. I remain a member of the Cetacean Ecology Research Group at Massey and the Global Ecology Lab at Flinders, where I hold adjunct academic status.


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

Flinders University Early Career Alumni Award (2021)

PADI Foundation Grant (2021)

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, University of Zurich (2021)

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)

Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Behavioural ecology (2)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Katharina J. Peters

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