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Damian R. Michael

Senior Research Fellow in ecology and herpetology, Charles Sturt University

I am a Landscape Ecologist and Herpetologist with expertise in designing and implementing long-term ecological monitoring programs, evaluating biotic responses to agri-environment schemes, and conducting conservation-related research projects on frogs, snakes, lizards, woodland birds, small mammals and arboreal marsupials in south-eastern Australia. I completed my PhD at The Australian National University in 2010, which focused on quantifying the ecological roles and conservation value of granite outcrops (inselbergs) in agricultural landscapes. I am the author of Reptiles in the NSW Murray Catchment: A Guide to their Identification, Ecology and Conservation and award-winning Rocky Outcrops in Australia: Ecology, Conservation and Management. I have served as project lead within the National Environmental Science Programme’s Threatened Species Hub, participated in IUCN and EPBC conservation assessments for Australian reptiles, currently a member of the IUCN Skink Specialist Group and vice-chair and Board Director to the Albury Conservation Company. I currently lead the Squamate Conservation and Landscape Ecology (SCALE) group within the Gulbali Institute.


  • 2018–present
    Senior Research Fellow, Charles Sturt University
  • 2010–2018
    Senior Manager, The Australian National Uinversity
  • 2000–2010
    Senior Research Officer, The Australian National Uinversity


  • 2010 
    The Australian National University , PhD