Prof. Don Driscoll

Phone +61 3 925 17609
Campus Melbourne Burwood Campus
Position Director, Centre for Integrative Ecology
Personal website

Biography summary:

  • Director – Centre for Integrative Ecology, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University, Australia (April 2017 – Present)
  • Professor of Terrestrial Ecology, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University, Burwood, Victoria.
  • Associate Professor, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian Natrional University. Ecological synthesis, dispersal, fragmentation and fire research.
  • Lecturer in Biodiversity, Flinders University. Coordinating/teaching a post-graduate biodiversity course. Fire and fragmentation research.
  • ARC Post-Doctoral Fellowship, UTAS. Habitat fragmentation and metapopulations.
  • CSIRO Post-Doc, Canberra. Impacts of habitat loss and fragmentation on reptiles and beetles in agricultural landscapes.
  • PhD, UNI WA, metapopulation ecology of endangered frogs.

Knowledge areas:

All of Don’s research has conservation biology as a central theme, with a focus on how species use whole landscapes, particularly the role of dispersal. He takes a range of approaches, including manipulative experiments, natural experiments and the application of population genetic techniques. A strong emphasis is being placed on testing ecological theory using applied conservation problems.

Projects under way are examining how reptiles, beetles and butterflies respond to habitat fragmentation and degradation, including examining the influence of the matrix on species that depend on remnant vegetation.

Media appearances:

Professional activities:

  • Chief Editor Ecological Society of Australia Hot Topics
  • Chair Ecological Society of Australia Media Working Group
  • Editor Austral Ecology, Plos1, Journal of Applied Ecology