Dr Kara Youngentob

PhD
DECRA Research Fellow
ANU College of Science
T: 0477761298

Areas of expertise

  • Landscape Ecology 050104
  • Natural Resource Management 050209
  • Wildlife And Habitat Management 050211
  • Conservation And Biodiversity 050202
  • Animal Physiology Systems 060603
  • Ecological Impacts Of Climate Change 050101
  • Environmental Education And Extension 050203
  • Environmental Sociology 160802

Research interests

My main interests are in applied ecological research to inform and improve wildlife management and conservation decisions. I'm also a big fan of science communication. 

Biography

I completed a PhD in Environment from the Australian National University in 2010 and a MSc in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida in 2004. 

Researcher's projects

My current projects involve 1) remote sensing ecosystem and wildlife population responses to landscape change, and 2) investigating how forage quality might influence landscape use by koalas and other leaf-eating animals. As part of this work, I am developing tools to map the quality of forage for browsing herbivores using airborne hyperspectral remote sensing data. In addition, I contribute to the development of derived remote sensing products for the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). My past research has encompassed a wide range of projects, which include investigating habitat fragmentation and edge effects on wildlife populations, contributing to the development of the Centre for Land and Water Research at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), and conducting surveys to study interactions among people, nature, and urban design.

Available student projects

·  Determining the effects of regeneration harvesting on
     habitat nutritional quality for koalas
·  Ecology and physiology of plant-animal interactions  
·  Remote sensing ecosystem and wildlife population response                  
             to landscape change
 
Remote sensing ecosystem and wildlife population response to landscape change
·         Drivers of forage quality and landscape productivity
·         Ecology and physiology of plant-animal interactions (current projects involving koalas, greater gliders and eucalypts)

Current student projects

Shukhrat Shokirov, PhD student. Project: Measuring ecosystem and wildlife population response to landscape change with remote sensing

Richard Turner, PhD student

 

 

 

Past student projects

Jessie Au, PhD student. Project: Charting forage quality for koala conservation

Sarah Martin, Honours student. Project: Please pass the salt: Investigating the availability and importance of sodium in the diet of marsupial folivores

Rachel Alexander, Honours student (University of Queensland). Project: Temporal and ecological drivers of eucalypt forage quality

Mahalia Kingsley, Summer Scholar. Project: Using nutritional quality of trees to assess koala habitat suitability

 

Publications

Projects and Grants

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Updated:  25 May 2019 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers