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Rachael Gallagher

Associate Professor, Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney 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 held an ARC DECRA Fellowship (2017-2021) and is currently Associate Professor in plant ecology and conservation at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment at Western Sydney. She is a current member of the Commonwealth Threatened Species Scientific Committee.


  • 2017–2020
    ARC DECRA Fellow, Macquarie University