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Ecologist, Monash University

Luke Halpin is an ecologist with a passion for seabirds and islands. He is broadly interested in movement ecology, conservation; and conducting research that will help to protect and restore the great biodiversity of life on islands.

In his current research he strives to understand the intricate links between marine and island food webs in the context of restoring island ecosystems to a natural state.

His research includes studying the ecology of pelagic seabirds and what drives them to forage over vast oceans. In the course of his work, he has revealed migratory movements of some of the world's smallest seabirds, and has recorded new observations of marine mammals, reptiles, birds and fish in the northeast Pacific area.

Luke is currently completing a PhD on the ecology of some of the Norfolk Island Group’s most unique species.

Luke's research will improve our knowledge of the ecology and distribution of some of our increasingly threatened species and he hopes that this will stimulate efforts to preserve them.


  • –present
    PhD Candidate/Ecologist, Monash University
  • 2014–2021
    Ecologist, Halpin Wildlife Research


  • 2014 
    Simon Fraser University, Master of Resource Managament

Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Naturalists
  • College of Applied Biology, BC, Canada (RPBio)
  • Pacific Seabird Group
  • Australasian Seabird Group