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.
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
Petra has worked as a demonstrator in:
BIOL2712 Animal Diversity
BIOL2721 Foundations of Animal Behaviour
BIOL3721 Research in Animal Behaviour
2012-2015 Committee member, Australian Bird Study Association
Community talks, e.g. at meetings of:
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