Alfred Deakin Professor and Chair in Ecology, Deakin University

Alfred Deakin Prof. Marcel Klaassen has developed broad research interests including theoretical, experimental and observational studies on numerous animal, plant and microbe taxa. Throughout this, his focus has primarily been on bird migration, nutritional ecology and disease ecological issues.

Fields of Research:
- Modelling avian migration strategies, population dynamics and conservation strategies
- Disease Ecology and the connecting powers of migrants
- Nutritional ecology and reserve dynamics in waterfowl, waders and marsupials

Career:
- Director – Centre for Integrative Ecology, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University, Australia (2010 – 2017)
- Professor in Animal-Plant Interactions – Utrecht University, The Netherlands (2005 – 2014)
- Head of Department – Plant-Animal Interactions, Netherlands Institute of Ecology, The Netherlands (1997 – 2009)
- Postdoc – Netherlands Institute of Ecology, The Netherlands (1995 – 1997)
- Research Fellow – Max-Planck-Institute for Behavioural Physiology, Germany (1991 – 1995)
- Junior Scientist – Institute for Forestry and Nature Research, Wageningen UR (University & Research Centre), The Netherlands (1988 – 1991)
- PhD – University of Groningen, The Netherlands (1988-1992)