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Rachael Gallagher

Senior Lecturer/ARC DECRA Fellow, Macquarie University

Rachael is a plant ecologist who is passionate about applying ecological principles to improve conservation. Her work focuses on the vulnerability of vegetation to human-induced threats, including climate change and invasive species, using a combination of field experiments, glasshouse manipulations and data science approaches to investigate the potential composition of vegetation in coming decades. She currently holds an ARC DECRA Fellowship and is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biological Science at Macquarie University in Sydney. She works actively towards improving conservation through her research and also as Deputy Chair of the NSW Threatened Species Scientific Committee and Rachael enjoys sharing her science with a diverse range of audiences, from primary schools to policy makers, and is an advocate of the Open Science movement.


  • 2017–2020
    ARC DECRA Fellow, Macquarie University