Justin Welbergen

Senior Lecturer in Animal Ecology, Western Sydney University

I am a Senior Lecturer at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment (Western Sydney University), where I lead the “Lab of Animal Ecology”. I am also President of the Australasian Bat Society, a nonprofit organisation whose aim is to promote the conservation and study of bats in Australasia.

My research covers a range of subjects in whole organism biology, but focuses on evolutionary ecology, which is concerned with the ways organisms respond adaptively to changes in their social, ecological, and physical environment.

In addition, I have strong, parallel interests in conservation and climate change biology, and particularly in the areas of endangered species biology, human-wildlife conflict, impacts of extreme events, and conservation planning.

Much of my work is on bats and birds but is not limited to these groups.

For details see: WWW.ANIMALECOLOGYLAB.ORG

Experience

  • 2014–present
    Senior Lecturer, Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, University of Western Sydney
  • 2014–present
    Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Tropical Biology & Climate Change, James Cook University
  • 2011–2013
    ARC Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Tropical Biology & Climate Change, James Cook University
  • 2010–2011
    Visiting Fellow, the Australian National University
  • 2005–2009
    Research Fellow, University of Cambridge

Education

  • 2005 
    The University of Cambridge, PhD / Zoology
  • 2000 
    The University of Amsterdam, MSc / Biology

Professional Memberships

  • President of the Australasian Bat Society