Dr Dominique Potvin - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Dr Dominique Potvin

PhD Melb., MSc W.Ont., BSc (Hons) Qu.

  • Lecturer, Animal Ecology
+617 5459 4462
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USC Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay
Dr Dominique Potvin

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

Any students looking interested in pursuing a potential research project please feel free to contact Dominique via e-mail.

Professional memberships

  • Australian Bird Studies Association
  • Australian Ornithologist’s Union
  • Australian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour (Treasurer)

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 (Course Coordinator)
  • ENS222 Terrestrial Vertebrates
  • ENS316 Wildlife Ecology and Conservatoin

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

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