Dr Scott Burnett - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Dr Scott Burnett

PhD James Cook, BSc(Hons) James Cook

  • Lecturer, Wildlife Ecology
  • Program Coordinator Bachelor of Animal Ecology
+61 7 5459 4812
Office location
Sunshine Coast
Dr Scott Burnett

Dr Scott Burnett's research focuses on the distribution and environmental needs of vertebrate wildlife in Australia and southern Asia. He has ongoing field programs in the Sunshine Coast Area, Wet Tropics region of far northern Australia, and Nepal where he studies and documents the ecology and conservation status of carnivorous marsupials and owls, the nature and habitat determinants of a community or meso-carnivores and insectivores, and the composition, habitat associations and effective monitoring or regional vertebrate fauna communities.

Scott's teaching focuses on the diversity of the world's animal clades, with a focus on Australian Vertebrates, the principles of animal ecology and monitoring, and the interaction between animal form, ecology, and habitat.

Research grants

Project name Funding body Focus
Population and genetic ecology of Northern Quolls on the Atherton Tableland Ratch Australasia Using camera trapping and remote hair collection to define the population size, habitat preferences, genetic ecology and population viability of a regional population of the northern quoll, Dasyurus hallucatus.
Distribution and habitat associations of the Carpentarian False Antechinus, Pseudantechinus mimulus Ivanhoe Australia Ltd Use camera traps and GIS to determine the regional and local distribution, and habitat determinants of P. mimulus in the Mt Isa regional with a view to developing plans to minimise impacts of  mining on populations of this endangered carnivorous marsupial.

Potential research projects for HDR and Honours students

Recovery of the vulnerable Striped Legless Lizard (Delma impar)

Project supervisors: Dr Gabriel Conroy, Dr Steven Ogbourne and Dr Scott Burnett

Start date:  Semester 2, 2015 or Semester 1, 2016

Project description:  The Striped Legless Lizard, Delma impar, is a Threatened species that is restricted to the temperate grasslands of south eastern Australia and is the focus of a national recovery program. This honours project will assist this program by collaborating with Bush Heritage Australia (BHA) who aim to translocate threatened populations of Striped Legless Lizards and establish a protected population at Scottsdale Reserve. This project will essentially be laboratory based, focussing on population genetic analysis. However, it will also require a field trip to Scottsdale Reserve to observe the sampling and the translocation sites. This research project will involve close collaboration with ecologists from BHA.

Research areas

  • ecology and conservation of threatened vertebrates
  • ecology of carnivorous marsupials
  • ecology of owls
  • monitoring wildlife populations and communities

Teaching areas

  • Biodiversity and Ecology
  • Animal Diversity and Ecology
  • Animal Habitats

Program coordinator

Scott's specialist areas of knowledge include science, wildlife, australian wildlife, ecology of Australian carnivorous marsupials, conservation, ecology of marsupials, monitoring animals, fauna, feeding owls

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