Congratulations to our two newly elected SCB Oceania board members – Danielle Shanahan and Tim Doherty!

Thanks to everyone who put their names forward for election, and to everyone who voted. We’re looking forward to meeting many of you at SCBO 2016. Please make a note to come along to our AGM, where we’ll be brainstorming new ways to engage with all our members on SCBO activities and initiatives in the next year.


img_99631Tim is a terrestrial wildlife ecologist conducting applied research in the fields of disturbance ecology, invasive species and predator-prey dynamics. He completed his PhD at Edith Cowan University, Perth in mid- 2015, with a thesis on the effects of fire on feral cats and their prey species in a semi-arid shrubland system. In September 2015 Tim moved to Melbourne as a post-doctoral research fellow at Deakin University’s Centre for Integrative Ecology. Since April 2016, he has been a Research Fellow in Terrestrial Ecology at Deakin where he is studying how habitat fragmentation affects reptile and frog spatial ecology, particularly in agricultural areas. Tim advocates for evidence-based environmental policy and species conservation by actively engaging with the general public and government and non-government organisations (e.g. Bush Heritage Australia, Earthwatch Institute). @TimDoherty_ https://tim-doherty.com


Danielle-ShanahanDanielle is a Postdoctoral Research fellow at the University of Queensland. She is currently exploring how experiences of nature influence both physical and mental human wellbeing in urban landscapes. This research agenda is underpinned by an interest in why people do not engage with nature-based activities, and how they might be encouraged. Danielle completed her PhD in 2010 with a project focused on developing general rules and testing a priori predictions about how landscape change impacts bird populations. She previously worked on strategic policy for biodiversity with the Queensland Government, and is keen to improve the connection between science and policy development. @shanahandanz