Lab Members

PhD students:

shainaSharna Russell – Sharna started her PhD in 2016 and partnered with the TNC funded Ngukurr Yangbala Grup (Young people’s group) to study the microbial contamination and human health impacts of feral ungulates (buffalo and pig) on freshwater systems of SE Arnhem Land. She is co-supervised by Assoc. Prof Michelle Power (Department of Biological Sciences, Mac Uni).

michelleMichelle McKemey – Michelle is studying cross-cultural fire management on the New England Tablelands with the Wattleridge Indigenous Protected Area (Banbai Rangers) and adjoining Warra National Park. She is based at the University of New England and lives on her family farm near Guyra. Her other supervisors are: Prof Nick Reid (UNE), Dr Mal Ridges (OEH/UNE), Dr John Hunter and Oliver Costello (Firesticks Initiative).

daniel sloaneDaniel Sloane – Daniel collaborates with the Yirralka Rangers of the Laynhapuy Indigenous Protected Area in north east Arnhem Land and is investigating the drivers of coastal floodplain forest change. He is using mixed methods including ecology, remote sensing and cultural knowledge to better understand the effects of feral ungulates and sea level rise on coastal vegetation and soils and what this means for local Indigenous people.

Patrick Cooke – Patrick is an Indigenous PhD student researching Indigenous knowledge around prehistoric dispersal of rainforest trees between Cape York and northern NSW. He began his PhD research in mid 2018 and is supported by an ARC Discovery Project held by Dr Ens, Maurizio Rossetto (Principal Scientist, Sydney Botanic Gardens and Herbarium), Dr Philip Clarke (Adjunct Fellow, SA Museum), Gerry Turpin (Ethnobotanist Qld Gov) and Oliver Costello (Firesticks).  His cultural knowledge PhD dovetails with the genetics of Monica Fahey’s PhD (see below).

Monica Fahey – Monica started her PhD in mid 2019 and will investigate the genetics of prehistoric rainforest tree dispersal in conjunction with Patrick Cooke (above). She is also supported by our ARC Discovery project and co-supervised by Dr Maurizio Rossetto (Principal Scientist, Sydney Botanic Gardens and Herbarium) and Dr Simon Ho (Sydney Uni).

Masters (Research) students:

Daniel Sloane – completed 2017. Thesis title: An eco-cultural investigation of Melaleuca spp. dieback in north-east Arnhem land, Australia. Macquarie University, Department of Environmental Sciences. 

Rukshana Sultana – completed 2019. Thesis title: Indigenous Eco-Cultural Knowledge of Freshwater Turtles in South-East Arnhem Land, Australia. Macquarie University, Department of Environmental Sciences. 

Bridget Campbell – will complete 2020. Thesis topic: Mapping Indigenous and Western knowledge of declining small mammal species in the Laynhapuy Indigenous Protected Area, remote northern Australia. Macquarie University, Department of Environmental Sciences. 

Sabina Rysnik-Steck – Masters 2020. Thesis topic: Developing a risk and priority profile for Aboriginal cultural sites on the foreshore on Sydney Harbour in relation to sea level rise and boat activity.

Renee Cawthorne – Masters 2020-21. Thesis topic: Exploring best practice pedagogy for Indigenous learning on Country programs.