Team

Richard Reina
Richard Reina Associate Professor and Research Group Leader
My research focuses on understanding how animals respond to challenges from their environments and from human activity and then using this knowledge to inform better conservation and management.
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Sean Williamson
Sean WilliamsonPostdoc Scientist
My postdoc is focused on recreational fishers interactions with sharks in Victoria. I also continue to work on sea turtle reproduction and conservation around the world.
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Ruben Venegas-Li
Ruben Venegas-LiPostdoc Scientist
On a collaborative project between Monash University and Phillip Island Nature Parks, I am using these data to explore different spatial conservation prioritisation scenarios that allow protecting key little penguins’ foraging areas, while minimizing conflicts with human uses that occur in those places.
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Cathy Cavallo
Cathy CavalloPhD candidate
The focus of my PhD research is to determine prey species abundance and availability within northwest Bass Strait, using an iconic top predator- the little penguin.
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Sonia Sánchez
Sonia Sánchez PhD candidate
My PhD focuses on finding the feeding hotspots of an iconic endemic Australian top-predator, the little penguin (Eudyptula minor) in the Bass Strait.
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Christopher Gatto
Christopher GattoPhD candidate
My PhD is investigating the role of nest moisture in determining primary sex ratios and hatchling performance, with a focus on the ramifications for sex-specific hatchling recruitment.
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Franciscus Scheelings
Franciscus Scheelings PhD candidate
The focus of my PhD is determine the microbiome of sea turtles and examine how the microbial community influences the fitness of its host.
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Licia Finotto
Licia FinottoPhD candidate
Licia’s PhD aims to understand the effects that fisheries-capture stress causes to Chondrichthyans (sharks, rays and chimaeras), which are among the most vulnerable and threatened fishes,
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Ross Holmberg
Ross HolmbergField assistant
Ross works on the penguin research project as a Research Assistant, based on Phillip Island.
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Catriona McCallum
Catriona McCallum Honours student
Seabird breeding seasons are affected by many factors including food supply, climate and environmental variation. For my Honours Project, I will be looking at the timing of the start of the breeding season of Little Penguins and how it has changed over time. I will allude to potential reasons a change in timing may be occurring. Furthermore, I will be investigating the relationship between penguin body condition and subsequent breeding success, which likely relates to foraging opportunities and conditions. This will be undertaken in collaboration with Phillip Island Nature Park and I will be co-supervised by Dr Andre Chiaradia.