Biogeography biological survey dietary studies eco-physiology Geographic Information Systems habitat suitability modelling landscape ecology mammal ecology species distributional modelling

Email Lesley

+61 8 9405 5152

+61 8 9334 0327
Street Address
17 Dick Perry Avenue, Technology Park, Western Precinct, Kensington WA 6151, Australia
Postal Address
Locked Bag 104, Bentley Delivery Centre WA 6983, Australia


I am a Research Scientist within the Biogeography Program of the Science Division. As a survey zoologist, I undertake biological surveys of Western Australia as well as scientific research into fauna conservation. My focus is on the biogeographic patterns in species richness, occurrence and composition of terrestrial fauna, and the influence of environmental correlates on both of these.


  • Regional biological survey
  • Assessment of patterns in species richness and composition
  • Habitat requirements of faunal species in a spatial context
  • Predictive species distributional modelling
  • Geographic Information Systems - spatial modelling
  • Assessment of water, energy and food requirements

Brief CV

Academic Qualifications

1999 Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney, NSW.
Nutritional ecology of the greater bilby (Macrotis lagotis) in far south-western Queensland.

1990 Honours - First Class, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.
Changes in female attractiveness during oestrus of captive tammar wallabies (Macropus eugenii) and red-necked wallabies (Macropus rufogriseus banksianus).

1989 Bachelor of Science (Major: Zoology), University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.

Positions held

Dec 1989 - Jan 1990: Technical Officer, School of Physiology and Pharmacology, University of New South Wales, Sydney

Jan 1991 - July 1994: Conservation Officer (Research), Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage, Charleville

Sep 1994 - Dec 1994: Scientific Assistant, Queensland Department of Primary Industries, Charleville

Feb 1995 - Mar 1999: Full-time PhD student

Apr - Jun 1999: Extension Officer, Nature Conservation, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Charleville

Jan - Aug 2000: Research Associate, University of Sydney, School of Biological Sciences

Jan - Jun 2001: Biodiversity Project Officer, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Charleville

July 2001 - Dec 2003: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Deakin University, School of Ecology and Environment, Geelong

Feb 2004 - present: Research Scientist, Science Division, Department of Conservation and Land Management, Perth


  • Biological survey of the Pilbara Region
  • Spatial modelling of western ground parrot habitat
  • Statistical analysis of mammal declines in Australia