- Animal Behaviour ANM301
- evolutionary biology
- animal behaviour
Dr Celine Frere is a molecular ecologist with a keen interest in social evolution, social selection and genomics. She is interested in:
- how genetic and non-genetic inheritance patterns interact to drive phenotypic evolution in natural populations
- how genes evolve within social environments
- fauna restoration in disturbed landscapes
- how animals adapt to urbanisation
She has worked on a broad range of plant and animal species including koalas, giraffes, sorghum, dolphins, porpoises and eastern water dragons, and is particularly interested in incorporating an individual’s ecological landscape in our understanding of evolution.
Dr Frere grew up in Switzerland and moved to Australia in 2000 to undertake university education. She obtained her PhD at the University of New South Wales in late 2009, under the supervision of Professor William Sherwin. After completing her PhD, Dr Frere undertook several post-doctoral positions including a position under the guidance of Professor Ian Godwin (University of Queensland). Prior to her commencement as a Research Fellow at USC in 2013, she held a lectureship at the Centre for Ecology and Conservation at the University of Exeter, United Kingdom. In 2015, Dr Frere and her colleague Dr Cristescu established the Detection Dogs for Conservation initiative at USC, and work with a range of government and industry stakeholders to deliver data on koala distribution and health.
For potential research projects contact Celine directly.
|Year||Researchers||Grant||Project Name||Funding amount|
|2016-2017||Frere, Cristescu||Northern Tablelands Local Land Services, NSW||Mapping koala distribution, favoured trees and threats in the Northern Tablelands||A$110,000|
|2016-2021||Frere, Cristescu||Qld Department of Transport and Main Roads||Non-invasive monitoring of fragmented and rehabilitated koala habitats using detection dogs: maximising koala conservation outcomes from mitigation strategies (e.g. offsets)||A$940,000|
|2016||Frere, Cristescu||Noosa Biosphere||Koala mapping and health||A$59,400|
|2016-2019||Frere, Cristescu||Sunshine Coast Regional Council||Developing non-invasive methodologies for Koala health landscape monitoring||A$60,000|
|2016||Frere, Cristescu||Fraser Coast Regional Council||Developing non-invasive methodologies for Koala health landscape monitoring||A$20,000|
|2016-2019||Frere, Cristescu||Gympie Regional Council||Developing non-invasive methodologies for Koala health landscape monitoring||A$60,000|
|2015||Frere, Cristescu||Sunshine Coast Council||Koala Health Sunshine Coast Region||A$20,000|
|2015||Frere, Cristescu||Fraser Coast Regional Council||Koala Health Fraser Coast Region||A$10,000|
|2015||Frere, Cristescu||International Foundation for Animal Welfare||Koala Detection Dog||A$31,000|
Mann, Patterson, CH Frere
|National Science Foundation USA -International Research Experience for Students||Maternal Effects on Ecology, Sociality, and Fitness in a Long-Lived Mammal||A$249,000|