Ms Petra Hanke

GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Petra Hanke was born in Germany. She came to Australia in 2011 to undertake a Master in Wildlife Health and Population Management at the University of Sydney. After graduating, she worked as a research assistant, helping with the maintenance of dunnart breeding colonies at the University of Sydney, and also as a field ecologist, surveying shorebirds in Sydney and Newcastle.

Petra has been involved with bird work since 2010, when she started training as a bird bander at her local bird club in Germany. She finished her training in Australia and holds an Australian A class bird banding licence. Petra has been assisting on numerous bird projects, most of them in New South Wales.

Petra started a PhD in the BirdLab at Flinders University in March 2015, with Prof Sonia Kleindorfer as her principal supervisor.

  • PhD candidate, Flinders University, since 03/2015: The female incubation call in the Superb Fairy-wren (Principal supervisor: Prof Sonia Kleindorfer)
  • A class bird banding licence (ABBBS, Australia), current
  • MApplSc (Wildlife Health and Population Management), University of Sydney, 2012
    • Master thesis: Rodents, ants and birds: Seed predation in the Simpson Desert (Supervisor: Prof Chris Dickman)
    • Topics: Australian Wildlife: Introduction, Australian Wildlife: Field Studies, Wildlife Health, In situ Wildlife Management, Vertebrate Pest Management, Ex situ Wildlife Management, Research Project
    • Second, independent research project: Sniffing out the stakes: A cat detection method (with Prof Chris Dickman)
  • Guest auditor, School of Biological Sciences, Goethe-University Frankfurt a.M., Germany, 2010
    • Topics: Structure and Function of Organisms, Diversity of Organisms and Habitats, Classification of Animals, Animal Physiology, Statistics for Biologists, Introduction to Paleontology, Forensic Biology
  • German undergraduate degree ("Diplom") in Business Administration, University of Applied Sciences at Worms, Germany, 2002
Honours, awards and grants

2017 Royal Society of South Australia research grant

2017 Flinders University Research Student travel grant

2017 Flinders University Student Association development grant

2017 Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship

2015 Australasian Ornithological Conference poster award

2015 Royal Society of South Australia research grant

2015 Australian Postgraduate Award

2013 Cornell Home Study course in Bird Biology scholarship

2013 Fund for Avian Research grant

2012 University of Sydney Science Coursework Masters Achievement Prize for the highest average mark in the Faculty of Science

2012 Australian Mammal Society travel grant to present a poster at the annual conference

2011 Ecological Society of Australia travel grant to present a poster at the annual conference

Teaching interests

Petra has worked as a demonstrator in:

BIOL2712 Animal Diversity

BIOL2721 Foundations of Animal Behaviour

BIOL3721 Research in Animal Behaviour


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