Dr Romane Cristescu

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Dr Romane Cristescu


Research areas

  • conservation biology
  • new methodologies in conservation including detection dogs and remote surveys
  • restoration ecology
  • wildlife / human conflicts
  • conservation genetics
  • emerging infectious diseases


Dr Romane Cristescu is an ecologist with a wide range of interests in developing new methodologies in conservation to achieve results more accurately and efficiently - including using detection dogs or remote surveys; landscape ecology, restoration ecology, conservation genetics, fauna responses to habitat loss and fragmentation, wildlife/human conflicts, interactions and synergies in threats to endangered species and emerging infectious diseases in wildlife. She has worked with spectacular and interesting animals including gorillas, dolphins and koalas.

Dr Cristescu qualified as a veterinarian in France, where she specialised in wildlife. She subsequently got a Mater in genetics before moving to Australia for her PhD with the University of New South Wales, under the direction of Associate Professor Peter Banks. After completing her PhD, Romane got a position in the Mining Industry on Mine Closure / Rehabilitation, where she continued her research on restoration ecology.

Romane is a founding member of USC Detection Dogs for Conservation, and works especially with her dog Maya, trained on the target odour “koala poo”. Romane is now a Postdoc Research Fellow at USC in Dr Frere’s lab, as well as a Project Manager for USC's Detection Dogs for Conservation Project.

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