Dr Sarah Pearson

Academic Status

College of Science and Engineering

place Biological Sciences
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I was awarded a PhD in ecology with Flinders University SA, in April 2017. Following my PhD, I completed a five month summer season position with the Dept of Conservation NZ, working on the conservation of the critically endangered NZ fairy tern, followed by a year in a Natural Resource Management role in Fiji. Since joining BirdLife Australia in July 2019, I have been involved in bird conservation management, strategy and planning. I also have interests in policy, including incorporating genetics and genomics in the conservation of biodiversity.


PhD (ecology) 2017, Flinders University

Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science in Biodiversity and Conservation 2011 (First Class), Flinders University

Degree of Bachelor of Science in Biodiversity and Conservation 2010 (GPA 6.94/7.00), Flinders University

Certificate IV in Training & Assessment

Honours, awards and grants


PhD: Lirabenda Endowment Fund Research Grant, Sir Mark Mitchell Research Foundation, Linnean Society of NSW Joyce Vickery Scientific Research Fund, Royal Society of SA Small Research Grants Scheme, Nature Foundation SA Scholarship Grant, Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment, Biology Society of SA Field Research Grant, Nature Conservation Society of SA Conservation Biology Grant.
Honours: Nature Foundation SA Scholarship Grant, Sir Mark Mitchell Foundation, Biology Society of SA Field Research Grant


Invitation to Golden Key International Honour Society 2010
University Medal 2010
The Max Clark Prize in Science & Engineering 2010
The Soroptimist International Southern Districts of Adelaide Prize for High Achieving Women in Science 2010
Chancellor's Letter of Commendation 2009 & 2008

Teaching interests

Demonstrated for Flinders University of SA School of Biological Sciences undergraduate topics:

2013, 2014 & 2015

Genetics, Evolution and Biodiversity (2702)


Ecology (field trip, BIOL 2711)


Human Impacts & Biodiversity (BIOD 2701)

Plant & Algal Diversity (BIOL 3711)