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The Australian National University

Dr Luke S. O'Loughlin

Postdoctoral Fellow
ANU College of Science

Areas of expertise

  • Ecology 0602
  • Terrestrial Ecology 060208
  • Invasive Species Ecology 050103
  • Community Ecology (Excl. Invasive Species Ecology) 060202
  • Conservation And Biodiversity 050202

Research interests

I am a conservation ecologist with a broad interest in biological invasions and community assembly. I conduct research on overabundant native and exotic species to answer questions related to how these species became so successful and what the consequences are of this success. I am particularly interested in understanding how invasive species interact to create novel communities and the extent to which these now altered communities facilitate or inhibit other species.


I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, working with Professor David Lindenmayer and the Conservation and Landscape Ecology group on how surrogates can be used as indicators of invasive species impacts, in order to trigger management and guide research.

Researcher's projects

Indicators of impacts: using an integrated approach to quantify the impact of invasive species and trigger management intervention

The experimental release of a biological control agent to manage yellow crazy ant invasion on Christmas Island

Invader–invader mutualism facilitates secondary invasions in rainforest on Christmas Island

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Updated:  19 October 2018 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers