Dr Dominique Potvin | UniSC | University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

Accessibility links

Dr Dominique Potvin

PhD Melb., MSc W.Ont., BSc (Hons) Qu.

  • Senior Lecturer, Animal Ecology
  • Lead for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • School of Science, Technology and Engineering
+617 5459 4462
Office location
Moreton Bay
Dominique Potvin

Dominique is a Senior Lecturer in Animal Ecology at the Moreton Bay campus. Dominique's research interests encompass two major avenues of study: 1) The proximate and ultimate sources of selection contributing to the evolution of vocalizations, especially birdsong; and 2) The impact of anthropogenic activities such as urbanization, noise and land use changes on vertebrate populations. Dominique uses a very interdisciplinary and broad-scale approach to investigate these themes, incorporating genetics, bioacoustics, ecology, physiology and even neuroscience.

Dominique also has an interest in Bayesian statistics, ornithological methods and evidence-based university teaching.

Dominique is the Membership Officer for the Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour, an Associate Editor for the journal Emu: Austral Ornithology and a Subject Editor for the Journal of Avian Biology.

Any students interested in pursuing a potential research project can contact Dominique via email.


Professional memberships

  • Australian Bird and Bat Banding Authority A-Class
  • Australian Bird Studies Association
  • Australasian Ornithologist’s Union
  • Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour (Membership Officer)

Research areas

  • evolution of birdsong
  • noise effects on animal behaviour and development
  • urbanisation effects on behaviour and genetics
  • ornithological methodology

Teaching areas

  • ANM103 How Animals Work: Form, Function and Evolution
  • ENS222 Terrestrial Vertebrates (Course Coordinator)

Dr Dominique Potvin's specialist areas of knowledge are ornithology, birds, animal behaviour and evolution.

More UniSC experts...