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Senior Lecturer in Ecology, The University of Melbourne

I'm a Senior Lecturer in Ecology at the University of Melbourne.

I work in the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences.

I undertake research on ecological and evolutionary dynamics. I primarily use field data and experiments to explore links between biodiversity and environmental change. I also build models to forecast changes in animal and plant populations, which in turn help to develop strategies to conserve biodiversity. Increasingly, I’m using participatory approaches to science that involve policy makers from the get-go.

Representative publications

Kelly, L.T., et al. (2020) Fire and biodiversity in the Anthropocene. Science, 370, eabb0355, DOI: 10.1126/science.abb0355.

Kelly, L.T., Brotons, L. (2017) Using fire to promote biodiversity. Science, 355, 1264-1265.

Kelly, L.T., Brotons, L., & McCarthy, M.A. (2017) Putting pyrodiversity to work for animal conservation. Conservation Biology, 31, 952-955.


  • 2018–present
    Senior Lecturer in Ecology, School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, University of Melbourne
  • 2018–2021
    Centenary Research Fellow, School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, University of Melbourne
  • 2015–2018
    Victorian Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of BioSciences, University of Melbourne
  • 2011–2015
    Research Fellow, School of Botany, University of Melbourne


  • 2011 
    Deakin University, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD in Ecology)