About me

Hilliker-BenScheeleI am an ecologist working on conservation and population ecology at the Australian National University. My research focuses on investigating how and why species, and populations within species, exhibit variable responses to emerging threats. I commonly use a mix of population and landscape ecology approaches to investigate species declines. I emphasize testing and refining ecological theory, while also working closely with conservation practitioners to inform management. I use insights generated from empirical research to identify mechanisms underpinning species declines and to develop macroecological theory regarding species decline.

I am also interested in understanding factors that shape the occurrence of wildlife in human-modified landscapes and have conducted research in farmland regions in south-eastern Australia, and the traditional rural landscapes of Transylvania, Romania.

Lots of my research has focused on amphibian declines and more specifically, the impacts of the devastating chytrid fungus. My work on this topic ranges from global-scale assessments of species’ declines (check out the amazing video below summarizing our latest research by @MyFrogCroaked and @katieggarrett), to species-specific work focused on understanding mechanisms of species coexistence with chytrid fungus.

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