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Emily J Flies

Lecturer (University of Tasmania), University of Tasmania

I completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Buffalo, with double majors in Anthropology and Psychology. I then spent a few years teaching outdoor education, studying Spanish and the Behavioural Ecology of Primates in Costa Rica and Bolivia, and travelling. I then returned to conduct a Masters Degree at Michigan State University in the Fisheries and Wildlife Department. My thesis was on the ecology of a tick-borne bacteria and I completed dual concentrations in "Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior" and "Disease Ecology and Conservation Medicine". I, 2016, I completed my PhD at the University of South Australia.; My thesis was entitled "The ecology and epidemiology of Ross River virus in South Australia".

Now, as a lecturer at the University of Tasmania, Emily studies how engaging and connecting with nature, can benefit both human wellbeing and sustainability. She co-leads the ‘sustainable people-environment interactions’ research theme of the National Environmental Science Program’s ‘Sustainable Communities and Waste Hub’. She is also an Associate Investigator in the Healthy Environments and Lives Network, which seeks to make healthcare more equitable, sustainable and resilient to environmental change. Emily teaches about sustainability at UTAS, has been founder and director of two not-for-profit science communication organisations, and Tasmania’s Inspiring Women in STEMM Fellowship Program.


  • 2016–present
    Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Tasmania
  • 2016–2017
    Postdoctoral research associate, University of Adelaide


  • 2016 
    University of South Australia, PhD
  • 2012 
    Michigan State University, Master of Science


2017 Tasmanian STEM Communicator of the Year, and Tall Poppy of Tasmania