Dr Katharina Peters

Academic Status

College of 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 the Coastal-Marine Research Group at Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand.

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.

Currently I am back at Massey University where I continue my postdoctoral work on the foraging ecology of toothed whales using stable isotopes. I remain a member of 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

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

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