Dr Kylie Scales - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Dr Kylie Scales

PhD Marine Science Plym., MSc Exe., PostGrad Cert (Education/Secondary Science) Exe., BSc (EnvSc) First Class Honours Plym.

  • Senior Lecturer, Animal Ecology
+617 5456 5825
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Sunshine Coast
Dr Kylie Scales

Dr Scales is a quantitative marine ecologist with research interests in spatial and movement ecology, fisheries oceanography, dynamic ocean management and global climate change.

A data scientist working at the interface between marine ecology, physical oceanography and remote sensing science, Dr Scales takes a highly collaborative approach to research. She has specific expertise in using the statistical software R to answer ecological questions, and in the responses of marine megafauna such as seabirds, marine turtles, whales, seals, large fish and sharks to physical variability and change in the oceans.

Dr Scales is Deputy Director of the Global-Change Ecology Research Group. She serves as Associate Editor for the international peer-reviewed journals Methods in Ecology & Evolution and Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation, and as an expert reviewer for several marine ecology and conservation journals.

Dr Scales is a Contributing Author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 6th Assessment Report, and co-chair of an international task team under the Integrated Marine Biosphere Research (IMBeR) Climate Impacts on Oceanic Top Predators (CLIOTOP) programme, focused on Dynamic Ocean Management and Seasonal Forecasting for Pelagic Ecosystems.


Best Early Career Researcher in Science, Health, Education and Engineering, 2018

Vice-Chancellor and President's Award for Excellence in Research, 2017


Full-text versions of Dr Scales publications.

Research areas

  • Spatial Ecology
  • Movement Ecology
  • Species distribution modelling
  • Fisheries oceanography
  • Dynamic ocean management
  • Climate change impacts and adaptation

Teaching areas

  • ANM104 Marine Vertebrate Ecology & Conservation
  • ANM302 Global-Change Ecology

Dr Kylie Scales is an ecologist with broad, inter-disciplinary interests in biogeography, spatial ecology and conservation biology.

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