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Frédérik Saltré

Research Fellow in Ecology for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage, Flinders University

Dr Frédérik Saltré joined Flinders University in the College of Science and Engineering in July 2017 as Research Fellow in Palaeo-ecological Modelling and he is the Coordinator of the Global Ecology Laboratory working with Professor Corey Bradshaw. He is also Associate Investigator in the new ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage.

He completed his PhD in Biology Geosciences Agro-resources and Environment at the Center for Functional and Evolutionary Ecology (CEFE) and the University Montpellier 2, France in December 2010 under the Supervision of Dr. Isabelle Chuine (CNRS) and Dr. Cédric Gaucherel (INRA). In 2011, He held a joint one year appointment with the Centre for Bio-Archaeology and Ecology and the School of Advanced Studies (EPHE) as Lecturer at Montpellier (France), and was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Oregon State University (USA) until 20113. From 2013 to 2017, he was an ARC Research Associate at the University of Adelaide. Previously,

He is an ecologist interested in how ecosystems change through space and time. He combines modelling approaches with fossil data and genetic knowledge to inform how human pressure and climate changes modified ecosystem functioning such as distributions and interactions of plants, animals, humans, and environments, from a deep-time perspective. He writes about ecology and climate change over time from the Late Pleistocene (~126,000 years ago) to the present day, and how our understanding of the past can help prepare us for the future.


  • 2017–present
    Research Fellow in Ecology & Associate Investigator for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage, Flinders University
  • 2013–2017
    Research associate, University of Adelaide
  • 2011–2013
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Oregon State University, USA
  • 2010–2011
    Lecturer, School of Advance Studies (EPHE)


  • 2010 
    University Montpellier 2 , PhD. / Biology Geosciences Agro-resources and Environment
  • 2006 
    University Montpellier 2, MSc. / Biology Geosciences Agro-resources and Environment
  • 2004 
    University Montpellier 2, BSc. / Biology of Organisms


  • 2019
    From occurrence data to abundance and capture-recapture data; a national database representing 50 years of monitoring of the European Rabbit in Australia, Ecology
  • 2019
    Climate-driven shifts in the distribution of koala browse species from the Last interglacial to the near future, Ecography
  • 2019
    Early human settlement of Sahul was not an accident, Scientific Reports
  • 2019
    Minimum founding populations of the first people to colonise Australia, Nature in Ecology and Evolution
  • 2018
    High-quality fossil dates support a synchronous late-Holocene extinction of devils and thylacines in mainland Australia, Biology Letters
  • 2017
    Why decadal to century timescale paleoclimate data is needed to explain present-day patterns of biological diversity and change, Global Change Biology
  • 2016
    What caused extinction of the Pleistocene megafauna of Sahul?, Proceedings of the Royal Society B
  • 2016
    Climate change not to blame for late Quaternary megafauna extinctions in Australia, Nature Communications
  • 2016
    Predicting and mitigating future biodiversity loss using long-term ecological proxies, Ecography
  • 2016
    FosSahul: a comprehensive database of quality-rated fossil ages for Sahul's Quaternary vertebrates, Scientific Data
  • 2016
    Where to dig for fossils: combining climate-envelope, taphonomy and discovery models, PLoS One
  • 2015
    Uncertainties in specimen dates constrain the choice of statistical method to infer extinction time, Quaternary Sciences Review
  • 2015
    Modelling species’ range dynamics: Which model and why?, Methods in Ecology and Evolution
  • 2015
    How climate, migration ability and habitat fragmentation affect the projected future distribution of European beech, Global Change Biology
  • 2015
    Criteria for assessing the quality of Middle Pleistocene to Holocene vertebrate fossil ages, Quaternary Geochronology
  • 2014
    Climate refugia: joint inference from fossil records, species distribution models, and phylogeography, New Phytologist
  • 2013
    The role of temperature on treeline migration for an eastern African Mountain during the Last Glacial Maximum, Climatic Change
  • 2013
    Climate or migration: what limited European beech post-glacial colonization?, Global Ecology and Biogeography
  • 2009
    A phenomenological model without dispersal kernel to model species migration, Ecological Modelling

Professional Memberships

  • Ecological Society of America
  • International Biogeography Society
  • British Ecological Society

Research Areas

  • Ecology (0602)
  • Palaeoecology (060206)
  • Ecological Impacts Of Climate Change (050101)
  • Statistics (0104)
  • Terrestrial Ecology (060208)
  • Speciation And Extinction (060311)
  • Migration (160303)