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Andrea S. Griffin

Senior Lecturer, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle

Dr Andrea Griffin is a zoologist with core expertise in animal behaviour. Her research interests lie in understanding how animals respond and adjust to environmental change and in finding ways of applying this knowledge to better manage and conserve species. She readily embraces interdisciplinary approaches to answer her research questions. She has studied the behaviour and ecology of invasive and native birds and more recently estuarine birds. She is currently leading two large collaborative research projects, one on the movement and foraging ecology of shorebirds, the other developing new approaches to applying artificial intelligence to acoustic wildlife monitoring. She is trained in biology, animal behaviour and ecology at the Universities of Lausanne, Geneva and Zurich in Switzerland and completed her PhD at Macquarie University followed by a Swiss National Postdoctoral Fellowship at McGill University in Canada. She joined the University of Newcastle in 2005 as Australian Research Council post-doctoral fellow and earned a lectureship in 2009. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Environmental Science where she co-leads the Conservation Science Research Group, a member of the Australian National Environmental Science Program (NESP, Resilient Landscapes Hub). She teaches Animal Behaviour and Conservation Biology to final year undergraduate students in Environmental Science and Management. The University of Newcastle has recognised her work through a 2019 Women in Leadership Award, a 2020 Women in Research Fellowship, and a 2022 CESE College Award for Excellence in Research Higher Degree student training.

Publications In Peer-Reviewed Journals


  • 2009–present
    Lecturer, School of Psychology, University of Newcastle
  • 2006–2010
    Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Newcastle
  • 2002–2004
    Swiss National Foundation for Scientific Research Postdoctoral Fellow, McGill University
  • 2001–2002
    Researcher, Cooperative Research Centre for the Conservation and Management of Marsupials, Macquarie University


  • 2002 
    Macquarie University, PhD/Psychology
  • 1996 
    University of Geneva, MSc/Psychology
  • 1994 
    University of Lausanne, BSc/Biology