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The Australian National University

Dr Benjamin Scheele

Research Fellow
ANU College of Science
T: +61 2 6125 2055

Areas of expertise

  • Ecology 0602
  • Population Ecology 060207
  • Terrestrial Ecology 060208
  • Evolutionary Biology 0603
  • Landscape Ecology 050104
  • Life Histories 060308

Research interests

I am a population ecologist working in the conservation and landscape ecology group at the Australian National University. My research focuses on investigating how and why species, and populations within species, exhibit variable responses to emerging threats. Much of my research focuses on amphibian ecology and wildlife disease. I emphasize testing and refining ecological theory, while also working closely with conservation practitioners to inform management. I use insights generated from empirical research to identify mechanisms underpinning species declines and to develop macroecological theory regarding species decline.

I have a strong focus on amphibian ecology, and in particular, the impacts of the devastating disease, chytridiomycosis, on the world’s amphibians. My research in this area is aligned with informing the development of effective management strategies to prevent population declines and species extinctions.

Where needed, I use a mix of population and landscape ecology to better understand patterns of threat distribution. I also use landscape ecology approaches to investigate the occurrence of wildlife in human-modified landscapes and have conducted research in farmland regions in south-eastern Australia, and the traditional rural landscapes of Transylvania, Romania.



2011-2014 PhD Ecology

Australian National University

2015 Postdoctoral Fellow

James Cook University

2016 – ongoing Postdoctoral Fellow

Australian National University


Researcher's projects

I have several projects investigating the population ecology of declining amphibians in south-eastern Australia impacted by chytrid fungus; a key global threat to amphibians. My current research focuses on investigating how the emergence of pathogens can alter host life-history, as well as amphibian demography and realised niche. An overarching question is why some species, and some populations of declined species, persist following the emergence of chytrid fungus, while others become extinct?


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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