Michaela is a quantitative conservation ecologist broadly interested in interactions between species and how these interactions affect our management planning. Currently, she works as a postdoctoral fellow with Eve McDonald-Maddens at the University of Queensland. Specifically, she studies how we can incorporate species interactions into models that predict the outcome of a management intervention (removal of invasives or (re)introductions).
Through their interactions species influence each other’s populations and persistence. Despite being important, interactions are commonly ignored when we assess a species’ extinction risk or plan for its conservation management. During her PhD at the University of Melbourne, Michaela studied how we can incorporate interactions between species into mathematical models to predict the risk of species going extinct with their interaction partner and how we can manage cothreatened species together. The thesis, primarily supervised by Dr Peter Vesk, is currently under review.