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The Australian National University

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
  • Forestry Management And Environment 070504
  • Environmental Education And Extension 050203
  • Environmental Sociology 160802
  • Environment Policy 160507
  • Urban Design 120508

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. 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. 

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

Wildlife and landscape ecology  
·  Remote sensing ecosystem and wildlife population response to                  
     landscape change
·  Drivers of forage quality and landscape productivity
·  Ecology and physiology of plant-animal interactions 
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

PhD student Jessie Au (Australian National University), Project: Charting forage quality for koala conservation

 

Past student projects

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

Publications

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:  24 October 2017 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers