Rebecca Wheatley

Postdoctoral researcher, The University of Queensland

I'm a postdoctoral researcher in the Wilson Performance Lab at The University of Queensland, building a mathematical model to predict how prey species fare against predators in different kinds of habitats. Ultimately, I aim to produce a model that can be customised for any kind of terrestrial predator-prey interaction, and that can also assist with conservation planning for native Australian mammals threatened by invasive predators. My research requires the integration of concepts from ecology, biomechanics, animal behaviour, and applied mathematics. My other research interests include animal personality, animal contests, and game theory.


  • 2018–present
    Postdoctoral researcher, The University of Queensland


  • 2018 
    The University of Queensland, PhD
  • 2012 
    The University of Queensland, BSc (Hons)


  • 2018
    Ecological context and the probability of mistakes underlie speed choice, Functional Ecology
  • 2015
    How fast should an animal run when escaping? An optimality model based on the trade-off between speed and accuracy, Integrative and Comparative Biology
  • 2012
    Initial offspring size mediates trade-off between fecundity and longevity in the field, Marine Ecology Progress Series

Professional Memberships

  • Ecological Society of Australia
  • Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology