Dr Gabriel Conroy

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Dr Gabriel Conroy


Teaching areas

  • Ecological genetics
  • Conservation biology
  • Field ecology
  • Fire ecology
  • Population viability analysis and dynamic simulation modelling

Research areas

  • ecological genetics
  • conservation biology
  • field ecology
  • fire ecology
  • population viability analysis and dynamic simulation modelling


Dr Gabriel Conroy undertook his PhD at USC, which examined the effects of fire and fragmentation on two threatened coastal heath species. This research encompassed a conservation genetics and population viability analysis approach.

Gabriel also has a keen interest in coastal geomorphology and completed his honours thesis on the geochemistry and sedimentology of coastal indurated sands (aka Coffee Rock) on Fraser Island. Gabriel’s current research is predominantly in the field of ecological genetics and conservation biology.

Many of his recent projects have largely related to the ecological/population genetics of threatened plants (Philotheca sporadica, Xerothamnella herbacea, Solanum johnsonianum, and Melaleuca irbyana). This has also included research into the Fontainea genus, with a particular focus on selective breeding and domestication of Fontainea picrosperma in order to ensure secure supply of raw material necessary for the manufacture of a novel anti-cancer drug (EBC-46).

Gabriel is also currently focusing on research regarding the ecological and evolutionary genetics of threatened animal taxa, and has several projects underway relating to the Fraser Island dingo population.

Potential research projects for HDR and Honours students

DNA-Mark-Recapture-Analysis of the Fraser Island Dingo Population

This project runs as part of a pilot study to estimate the size of the iconic Fraser Island dingo population. The project would involve some fieldwork to Fraser Island, as well as some molecular lab-work. Full training can be provided for the latter so prospective students without a strong lab/molecular background should still contact the project supervisors.

Recovery of the vulnerable Striped Legless Lizard (Delma impar)

Project Supervisors: Dr Gabriel Conroy, Dr Steven Ogbourne and Dr Scott Burnett

Start Date:  Semester 2, 2015 or Semester 1, 2016

Project Description:  The Striped Legless Lizard, Delma impar, is a Threatened species that is restricted to the temperate grasslands of south eastern Australia and is the focus of a national recovery program. This honours project will assist this program by collaborating with Bush Heritage Australia (BHA) who aim to translocate threatened populations of Striped Legless Lizards and establish a protected population at Scottsdale Reserve. This project will essentially be laboratory based, focussing on population genetic analysis. However, it will also require a field trip to Scottsdale Reserve to observe the sampling and the translocation sites. This research project will involve close collaboration with ecologists from BHA.

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