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Associate Professor in Quantitative Ecology, The University of Melbourne

Luke is an Associate Professor in Quantitative Ecology at the University of Melbourne and leads teams working locally and internationally. He studies the dynamics of plant and animal populations, educates about biodiversity and human well-being, and collaborates with diverse stakeholders to prevent species extinction.

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, DOI: 10.1126/science.aam7672


  • 2022–present
    Associate professor, School of Agriculture, Food and Ecosystem Sciences, University of Melbourne
  • 2018–2021
    Centenary Research Fellow, School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, University of Melbourne
  • 2018–2021
    Senior Lecturer in Ecology, 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)