Dr Kara Youngentob

DECRA Research Fellow
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. 


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, 2) investigating how eucalypt nutritional qualities influence the distribution and abundance of leaf-eating animals, and 3) looking at the impacts of bushfire and logging on arboreal marsupial landscape use and habitat quality. 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



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:  30 October 2020 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers