Justin Welbergen is an Associate Professor at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment (Western Sydney University), where he leads the “Lab of Animal Ecology”.
He is also President of the Australasian Bat Society, a nonprofit organisation whose aim is to promote the conservation and study of bats in Australasia.
In addition, he is co-founder of 'BATsLAB', a recent joint initiative to create a much-needed primary academic destination for bat research in Australia; and co-leads 'LyrebirdLab' that focuses on the behavioural ecology of the Superb and the Albert's lyrebird, and their close relatives.
Justin’s research covers a range of subjects in whole-organism biology, but focuses on evolutionary ecology, which is concerned with the ways organisms respond adaptively to changes in their social, ecological, and physical environment. He has parallel interests in conservation and climate change biology, and particularly in the areas of endangered species biology, human-wildlife conflict, impacts of extreme events, and conservation planning.
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