About me


I am an ecologist aiming to help conserve threatened species. My research generally centres around:

(i) predators and their impacts on ecosystems

(ii) the ecology and control of invasive animals

(iii) how to best survey rare and elusive species

(iv)  prioritising conservation and monitoring actions under socio-economic constraints.

To do this, I use a combination of fieldwork, statistics and computer modelling. I am currently a PhD candidate with the Quantitative and Applied Ecology group at the University of Melbourne. For my thesis, I am examining the interactions, outcomes of control and optimal monitoring of invasive predators (red foxes and feral cats) in the forests of Victoria. I am supervised by Brendan Wintle, Bronwyn Hradsky (QAECO) and Alan Robley (Arthur Rylah Institute). I have a Bachelor of Science (1st class honours) from the Queensland University of Technology.

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You can also follow me on twitter: @Matt_W_Rees