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Visiting Research Scientist, Environmental Futures Research Institute, Griffith University

Monica is the Urban Bird Program Manager at BirdLife Australia - Australia's largest, not-for-profit bird conservation organisation. She has a background in urban ecology, citizen science, environmental education and community-based participatory approaches to conservation. Her current focus is on the development of a Conservation Action Plan for Australia's urban bird communities, which brings together diverse partners to mitigate threats and undertake on-ground action for birds that live where people live. She is also a Visiting Research Scientist at the Environmental Futures Research Institute, Griffith University where she co-supervises students and collaborates on urban wildlife research.

Monica completed her BSc in Zoology (2004) in her native Canada and a PhD in Ecology & Biodiversity (2013) in New Zealand.


  • 2015–present
    Visiting Academic, Griffith University
  • 2016–present
    Program Manager - Urban Birds, BirdLife Australia
  • 2014–2015
    Research Fellow, Macquarie University
  • 2012–2014
    Associate Lecturer , UNSW


  • 2013 
    Victoria University of Wellington, N.Z., PhD