Hello, Holly here. Welcome to Nature on the Brain. Here’s where you can find out more about my work, both in science and science communication. There’s the start of a blog bit if you have time to kill…

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Urban Movement Ecology

Australia is an amazing country for ecologists, not only because it is stuffed full of unique ecosystems, but some of the best applied ecology is being executed here, often in an attempt to reduce the anthropogenic impact across the continent. In April 2017 I joined the Interdisciplinary Conservation Science Group (ICON Science) at RMIT University, Melbourne. ICON Science is currently part of the Centre for Urban Research, and as such their focus is often at the intersection between people and their environment.

My current research focus is on bridging the gap between my PhD in animal movement, and current challenges in Australian ecology. In collaboration with researchers at theĀ NESP Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub, I have been developing a simple framework for measuring ecological connectivity within urban landscapes. This work was initially commissioned by the City of Melbourne, but hopefully the tool can be used by governments around the world for planning green infrastructure, with the aim of encouraging urban biodiversity.

In February 2018 I began an Endeavour Fellowship with the aim of testing whether rural models of bird dispersal can be used to predict abundance patterns within urban landscapes. This project has been pre-registered under the Open Science Framework, and you can follow progress over on my GitHub repo.

Interested in collaborating? Please get in touch!