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Christopher J. O'Bryan

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, The University of Queensland

I am a postdoctoral research fellow in decision and conservation science at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences. I have a background in ecology and conservation biology. I studied the movement patterns, habitat selection, and conservation of a small freshwater turtle in the coastal plain of the United States for my M.S. degree. Since then, I have worked as a state wildlife biologist developing habitat management plans and advising landowners how to properly conserve their property. For my PhD studies, I focused on broad-scale human-wildlife coexistence questions and the exposure of species to human pressure.


  • 2019–present
    Postdoctoral research fellow, The University of Queensland
  • 2014–2016
    Wildlife biologist, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


  • 2020 
    The University of Queensland, PhD in Environmental Science
  • 2014 
    Clemson University, Master of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology
  • 2011 
    Austin Peay State University, Bachelor of Science in Biology


  • 2021
    How to halve the carbon and biodiversity impacts of biofuel-driven land-use change in Brazil, Biological Conservation 260, 109214
  • 2021
    Unrecognized threat to global soil carbon by a widespread invasive species, Global Change Biology
  • 2020
    The importance of Indigenous Peoples’ lands for the conservation of terrestrial mammals, Conservation Biology 35 (3), 1002-1008
  • 2020
    Conservation epidemiology of predators and scavengers to reduce zoonotic risk, The Lancet Planetary Health 4 (8), e304-e305
  • 2020
    Intense human pressure is widespread across terrestrial vertebrate ranges, Global Ecology and Conservation 21, e00882
  • 2020
    Evidence for increasing human‐wildlife conflict despite a financial compensation scheme on the edge of a Ugandan National Park, Conservation Science and Practice, e309
  • 2019
    Hotspots of human impact on threatened terrestrial vertebrates, PLoS biology 17 (3), e3000158
  • 2019
    The mesoscavenger release hypothesis and implications for ecosystem and human well‐being, Ecology Letters 22, 1340-1348
  • 2019
    The ayahuasca tourism boom: An undervalued demand driver for jaguar body parts?, Conservation Science and Practice 1 (12), e126
  • 2018
    Reach and messages of the world's largest ivory burn, Conservation Biology 32 (4), 765-773
  • 2018
    The contribution of predators and scavengers to human well-being, Nature Ecology & Evolution 2, 229-236
  • 2018
    Leopards provide public health benefits in Mumbai, India, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 16 (3), 176-182
  • 2017
    Documentation of unusual movement behaviour of the indigo snake Drymarchon couperi (Holbrook, 1842) (Squamata: Colubridae), an upland species, in a pastureland matrix of the USA, Herpetology Notes 10, 317-318
  • 2016
    Novel habitat use supports population maintenance in a reconfigured landscape, Ecosphere 7 (3)
  • 2016
    Community occupancy of herpetofauna in roadside ditches in a managed pine landscape, Forest Ecology and Management 361, 346-357
  • 2014
    Anuran assemblages associated with roadside ditches in a managed pine landscape, Forest ecology and management 334, 217-231
  • 2012
    Further presence of Ranavirus infection in amphibian populations of Tennessee, USA, Herpetological Review 43 (2), 293-295

Professional Memberships

  • Society for Conservation Biology

Research Areas

  • Conservation And Biodiversity (050202)
  • Invasive Species Ecology (050103)
  • Decision Theory (220302)
  • Landscape Ecology (050104)