Dominique Potvin

Lecturer in Animal Ecology, University of the Sunshine Coast

Dominique convenes all Animal Ecology courses at the Fraser Coast campus.

Dominique's research interests encompass two major avenues of study:

1) The proximate and ultimate sources of selection contributing to the evolution of vocalizations, especially birdsong; and
2) The impact of anthropogenic activities such as urbanization, noise and land use changes on vertebrate populations.

Dominique uses a very interdisciplinary and broad-scale approach to investigate these themes, incorporating genetics, bioacoustics, ecology, physiology and even neuroscience.

Dominique also has an interest in Bayesian statistics, ornithological methods and evidence-based university teaching.

Dominique was appointed as the Associate Editor for the journal Emu: Australasian Ornithology, in 2017, and an Outreach Officer for the Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour in 2016.


  • 2017–present
    Lecturer, University of the Sunshine Coast


    Queen's University Canada, BSc(Hons)
    University of Western Ontario (Western University), MSc
    University of Melbourne, PhD