Dr Celine Frere

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Dr Celine Frere

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Named as one of Australia’s 30 'most dynamic scientists and technologists' (Science and Technology Australia) and recognised as a SuperStar of STEM 2017.

Senior Lecturer, Animal Ecology

PhD NSW, BA (Hons I) Qld.

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+61 7 5456 5415
Office location
FDM02 (Demountable Building near Building E)
Dr Celine Frere

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Dr Frere obtained her PhD in biology from the University of New South Wales and has held post-doctoral positions at the University of Queensland, a lectureship at the Centre for Ecology and Conservation and the University of Exeter, UK, and a Research Fellowship at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Dr Frere is an empirical biologist with a primary research interest in animal behaviour and genetics. She has published widely including on lizards, giraffes, cetaceans, porpoises, koalas and kangaroos.

She leads a large research group, including 7 PhD candidates, 2 post-doctoral researchers, 3 research assistants and 2 Honours candidates.

Dr Frere was central to the establishment of USC’s Global Change Ecology Research Group, which draws together early and mid-career academics focussing on the impacts of anthropogenic change on biodiversity and ecosystems.

In 2015, Dr Frere’s and her post-doctoral researcher, Dr Romane Cristescu, launched USC’s Detection Dogs for Conservation unit, which delivers ecological data and analysis on vulnerable species (koalas and quolls) to government and industry.

Dr Frere leads a long-term studies of city-dwelling eastern water dragons (8+ years), koalas, eastern red kangaroos (6yrs), and is a genetic curator for one of the longest wild dolphin research studies in the world, the Shark Bay Research Project, (34+years).

Her research has been featured on Catalyst (ABC), Totally Wild (Channel 9), Scope (Channel 10), BrainBuzz (Channel 10), Magical Land of Oz (BBC/ABC), and Off-Track Wild Oz (ABC Radio).

Awards

  • 2017 SuperStar of STEM 2017/18 Science and Technology Australia
  • 2012 University of the Sunshine Coast University Fellowship
  • 2012 UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for Women (declined in favour of USC Fellowship)
  • 2006 Post-graduate Scholarship Award (University of New South Wales)

Current research

Genetic and ecological consequences of urbanisation in animals:

  • Genetic consequences of habitat loss and fragmentation in koalas
  • Ecological relevance of rehabilitation for koalas
  • Behavioural ecology of koalas and its relevance for conservation
  • Advancing methods in koala ecology (including drones)
  • Genomic signatures of urbanisation in dragons and koalas
  • Disease outbreaks in urban reptile populations
  • Gut-microbiome and urbanisation

The evolution of social behaviour in animals:

  • Long-term avoidance behaviour in dolphins, dragons and kangaroos
  • Social plasticity
  • The adaptive significance of sociality in animals
  • Development of social behaviour
  • Sociality and disease transmission

Research grants

Year

Source

Project

Amount

2019

Northern Tablelands Local Land Services

Koala Habitat and Pilot Genetic Project 2019-2020 Cristescu, Frère

$70,033.25

 

2018

Redland City Council

Ormiston Koala Population Monitoring & Community Project. Frère, Cristescu

$64,945

2018

Redland City Council

Koala conservation genomics to inform conservation management - Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) Koala Monitoring. Cristescu, Frère

$35,000

2018

National Science Foundation USA (NSF-IOS)

The Impact of Maternal Effects on Social Plasticity and Fitness Variation in a Long-Lived Mammal. Mann, Frère

US $791,243

2018

Qld Dept. of Transport and Main Roads

Genetics to the rescue: Detecting early signals of population subdivision. Frère, Sherwin, Cristescu, Johnson

$366,700

2018

Noosa Biosphere Reserve

Koala Forever: securing the future of wild koalas and wild koala eco-tourism in the Noosa Biosphere Reserve. Frère, Cristescu, Schoeman, Scales

$80,000

2018

Northern Tablelands Local Land Services

SE Northern Tablelands Koala Habitat Project. Cristescu, Frère

$69,000

2018

Redland City Council.

Conservation genomics of koalas: implication for management. Frère, Cristescu

$160,000

2016-17

Northern Tablelands Local Land Services

 Mapping koala distribution, favoured trees and threats in the Northern Tablelands. Frère, Cristescu

$110,000

2016

Qld Transport and Main Roads

Non-invasive monitoring of fragmented and rehabilitated koala habitats Frère, Cristescu

$938,760

2016

Noosa Biosphere Reserve

Koala mapping and health. Frère, Cristescu

$59,472

2016

Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Developing non-invasive methodologies for Koala health landscape monitoring. Frère, Cristescu

$60,000

 

2016

Fraser Coast Regional Council

Developing non-invasive methodologies for Koala health landscape monitoring. Frère, Cristescu

$20,000

2016

Gympie Regional Council

Developing non-invasive methodologies for Koala health landscape monitoring. Frère, Cristescu

$60,000

2015

National Science Foundation USA. (IRES)

International Research Experience for Students Mann, Patterson, Frère

US $249,000

2015

Redland City Council

Chlamydia and scats. Frère, Cristescu, Timms

$30,000

2015

Sunshine Coast Council

Koala Health Sunshine Coast Region. Frère, Cristescu

$20,000

2015

Fraser Coast Regional Council

Koala Health Sunshine Coast Region Frère, Cristescu

$10,000

 

2015

International Foundation for Animal Welfare

 Koala Detection Dog. Cristescu, Frère

$31,000

2015

Queensland Koala Crusaders

Koala Detection Dog. Cristescu, Frère

$1,000

2015

Koala Action Inc

Koala Detection Dog. Cristescu, Frère

$5,000

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