Associate Professor Luciana Moller

Associate Professor

College of Science and Engineering

Research expertise

I am a behavioural and molecular ecologist with broad research interests in the evolutionary biology of whales and dolphins.

Research expertise

I am a behavioural and molecular ecologist with broad research interests in the evolutionary biology of whales and dolphins.

place Biological Sciences (155)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I am an Associate Professor in Marine Biology at the College of Science and Engineering. I also act as the Course Coordinator for the BSc (Marine Biology) and joint coordinator for the BSc (Marine Biology and Aquaculture). I am the Research Leader of the Cetacean Ecology, Behaviour and Evolution Lab and Deputy Head of the Molecular Ecology Lab, and member of the Animal Welfare Committee (Biological Sciences sub-commitee). In addition, I act as an Associate Editor for the Journal Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology, and I am a member of the IUCN Cetacean Specialist Group. Between 2003 and 2008 I was a Research Fellow at Macquarie University, Sydney, where I coordinated long-term projects on the behavioural and molecular ecology of marine mammals. In 2002-03 I was a Research Associate at Yale University, USA. In 2001 I received my PhD in Environmental Studies from Macquarie University. Before my PhD I was a Research Fellow at the Rio Grande Oceanographic Museum. I received my BSc (Oceanography) from Rio Grande University, Brazil, in 1993.

Qualifications
  • PhD., Environmental Sciences (Graduate School of the Environment, Macquarie University): 2001.
  • B.Sc., Oceanography, Specialisation in Renewable Resources (University of Rio Grande, Rio Grande, Brazil): 1993.
Key responsibilities
  • Course Coordinator: BSc (Marine Biology) and BSc (Marine Biology & Aquaculture)
  • Research Leader: Cetacean Ecology, Behaviour and Evolution Lab
  • Deputy Head: Molecular Ecology Lab
  • Membership: Animal Welfare Committee (Biological Sciences sub-committee)
Research expertise
Ecology
Evolutionary biology
Genetics
Zoology
Research interests
My research interests include behaviour, ecology and molecular ecology of marine mammals, particularly cetaceans, and marine conservation.
Teaching interests
My teaching interests are in the areas of marine biology, marine vertebrates, wildlife behaviour and ecology, particularly of mammals, molecular ecology and marine conservation.
Topic coordinator
BIOL1301 Introduction to Marine Biology
SERC2700 Research Project 1
Topic lecturer
SERC2700 Research Project 1
BIOL1301 Introduction to Marine Biology
BIOL3751 Biology of Marine Mammals, Birds and Reptiles
BIOL3722 Conservation and Ecological Genetics
BIOL3721 Research in Animal Behaviour
Supervisory interests
Behavioural ecology
Conservation management
Molecular ecology
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: Behavioural ecology, conservation management, dolphins (1), Behavioural ecology, molecular ecology, dolphins (1)
Associate supervisor: Molecular ecology, lizards (1), behavioural ecology, dolphins (1), Molecular ecology, conservation management, fish (1)
Completion
Principal supervisor: Molecular ecology, conservation management, dolphins (1)
Associate supervisor: Molecular ecology, conservation management, sea turtles (1)
Publications
Expert for media contact
Behaviour
DNA studies
Ecology
Mammals
Marine science
Wildlife
Dolphins and whales:
Available for contact via
Or contact the media team
+61 8 82012092
0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Behaviour
  • DNA studies
  • Ecology
  • Mammals
  • Marine science
  • Wildlife
Interests
  • Dolphins and whales: