Dr Claire Foster

PhD (ANU), BSc (Hons, UWA)
Research Fellow
ANU College of Science

Areas of expertise

  • Ecology 0602
  • Terrestrial Ecology 060208
  • Community Ecology (Excl. Invasive Species Ecology) 060202
  • Conservation And Biodiversity 050202

Research interests

My research focuses on terrestrial conservation biology. I am particularly interested in ecological disturbances and species interactions, and how feedbacks between these processes affect ecosystem structure, function and composition.


I am an ARC DECRA Fellow at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, studying the role that native and invasive herbivores play in forest dynamics and bushfire recovery.

Previously, I worked as a Research Fellow on an ARC Linkage Project investigating the influence of animals on fire regimes. I have also completed postdoctoral positions in biodiversity surrogates and fire ecology. In 2018 I completed an Endeavour Research Fellowship, studying at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

My PhD research investigated the interactive effects of prescribed fire and herbivory on the flora and fauna of a eucalypt forest understory.

Researcher's projects

ARC DECRA Project 2022 -

'Kangaroos, feral herbivores and bushfires: Consequences for forest dynamics'

ARC Linkage Project 2018-2022

‘Fauna, Fuel and FIre: Effects of native animals on fuel dynamics and bushfire risks' with David Lindenmayer, Geoff Cary, Paul Kardol, David Wardle.

Current student projects

Matt Chard (Fenner School, ANU)

PhD: Fauna, Fuel & Fire: Feedbacks of macropod herbivory on fire regimes (Primary Supervisor)


Jackie O'Sullivan (Fenner School, ANU)

PhD: Quantifying the ecological role of surface rocks on reptile conservation in agricultural landscapes (Co-supervisor)


Past student projects

Sophia Cain (Fenner School, ANU) - 2021

Honours:Effects of Macropod Herbivory on Intraspecific Plant Trait Variation – Consequences for Forest Flammability? (Primary Supervisor)


Margot Schneider (Fenner School, ANU) - 2020-2021 (mid year)

Honours:Past fire shaping future fuel: The influence of fire regimes on leaf chemical composition of Eucalyptus pilularis (Primary Supervisor)





Projects and Grants

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