Lab Members

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Shaina-RussellDr Shaina Russell (2022-2024) – Shaina will conduct her post doc research with the Yirralka Rangers of the Laynhapuy IPA on the ARCLP21 Warrakan Djama project. She will explore new methods for remotely assessing biocultural fauna diversity using camera traps and eDNA across the vast Laynhapuy IPA in north east Arnhem Land

Research Associate

Mr Nick Crameri (2021-2023) – Nick is working on the ARCLP20″ Can tropical coastal floodplains survive ferals and rising seas” in collaboration with the Yirralka Rangers and several members of the School of Natural Sciences.

PhD students (past and present)

shainaDr Shaina Russell (completed 2020) – Shaina conducted collaborative research 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 the South East Arnhem Land Indigenous Protected Area.

michelleDr Michelle McKemey (completed 2021) – Michelle studied cross-cultural fire management on the New England Tablelands with the Wattleridge Indigenous Protected Area (Banbai Rangers) and adjoining Warra National Park, as well as in Arnhem Land with the Yugul Mangi Rangers. She was based at the University of New England and was also supervised by: Prof Nick Reid (UNE), Dr Mal Ridges (OEH/UNE), Dr John Hunter and Oliver Costello.

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 ARC18 “How did those trees get there?” His cultural knowledge PhD dovetails with the genetics of Monica Fahey’s PhD (see below). He is co-supervised by Dr Michael Chang, (MQU), Gerry Turpin (JCU) and Darren Crayn (JCU).

monicaMonica Fahey – Monica started her PhD in mid 2019 and is investigating the genetics of prehistoric rainforest tree dispersal in conjunction with Patrick Cooke (above). She is also supported by ARCDP18 “How did those trees get there” and is co-supervised by Dr Maurizio Rossetto (Principal Scientist, Sydney Botanic Gardens and Herbarium) and Dr Simon Ho (Sydney Uni).

bridgetBridget Campbell – Bridget started her PhD in 2021 and is working with the Yirralka Rangers of north east Arnhem Land to explore the biocultural conservation of “walking animals”. Her work will form part of the ARCDP21 “Warrakan Djama: Developing new biocultural approaches to fauna conservation”

Masters (Research) students (past and present):

Bridget Campbell (completed 2020) Thesis title: Mapping Indigenous and Western knowledge of declining small mammal species in the Laynhapuy Indigenous Protected Area, remote northern Australia.

Sabina Rysnik-Steck (completed 2020). Thesis title: 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.

Kataya Barrett (Indigenous Masters, completed 2020). Thesis title: Cross Cultural Approach to Coastal and Marine Protected Area Design in south-eastern New South Wales.

Daniel Sloane (completed 2017) Thesis title: An eco-cultural investigation of Melaleuca spp. dieback in north east Arnhem land, Australia. 

Rukshana Sultana (completed 2019) Thesis title: Indigenous Eco-Cultural Knowledge of Freshwater Turtles in South East Arnhem Land, Australia.

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

Previous Lab members

Ben Kitchener – Indigenous Research Assistant (previously Indigenous cadet) working on the east Arnhem Land cross-cultural biodiversity project (Citizen Science Grant)

Bud Lambeth – Indigenous cadet working on databases and GIS mapping across a range of Lab projects.