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Co-founders and co-directors
  • Dr Romane Cristescu
    Dr Romane Cristescu

    Post Doctoral Research Fellow

    Dr Romane Cristescu is an early career scientist with expertise in conservation biology, landscape restoration, fauna responses to habitat loss and fragmentation, wildlife/human conflicts, threats to endangered species, and emerging infectious diseases in wildlife. She pioneered the use of conservation detection dogs to detect koalas through scat in Australia, and co-founded (with Dr Celine Frere) the Detection Dogs for Conservation initiative at USC.

  • Associate Professor Celine Frere
    Associate Professor Celine Frere

    Associate Professor, Animal Ecology

    Associate Professor Celine Frère has an established international reputation for research at the intersection of animal behaviour and genetics, with a focus on the function of social behaviour in animals and their responses to environmental change. She has worked across a wide range of empirical study systems and has strategically invested in building long-term, mutigenerational, life-history datasets which provide unmatched resources for the study of evolution in nature. She is also a strong advocate for women in STEM and was, in 2017, named one of Australia’s 30 "most dynamic scientists and technologists" (Science and Technology Australia) and recognised as a Superstar of STEM.

Detection Dogs for Conservation team
  • Barbara Class - Post doc
  • Dr Dan Powell - Post doc
  • Katrin Hohwieler - PhD candidate
  • Kye McDonald - PhD candidate
  • Nicola Kent - Research Assistant
  • Russell Miller - MSc candidate
  • Riana Gardiner - Research Assistant
  • Dr Sinta Frere - Research Assistant
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