Matthew Rees

  • Applied Ecologist, University of Melbourne
I’m a PhD candidate with the QAECO lab at the University of Melbourne. I use quantitative methods to assist land managers with conservation problems centred around threatened and invasive species. Mammalian predators are inherently difficult to monitor and manage (also fairly interesting), and so, make up a large component of my research. More broadly, my work tends to fall into three core themes: (1) estimating population dynamics and density, (2) modelling species interactions, and (3) integrating multiple types of data and models. I try to conduct this research at finescales and the individual-level where possible. My PhD thesis details the interactions between introduced foxes, feral cats and threatened prey, set against a backdrop of intensive fox control and prescribed fire.
Interests. Predator ecology; Invasive animals; Fire; Camera-trapping; Spatial capture-recapture, occupancy-detection, generalised additive and integrated population models.


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