Section: Overview
Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Conservation Biology
  • Ecology
  • Landscape ecology
  • Citizen science

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Christine Connelly

Christine is currently a Lecturer in Environmental Science with the College of Engineering and Science.

Her research is focused on using cross-disciplinary approaches to solving biodiversity conservation issues in Australia, drawing on 15 years' experience in ecology, across the private, government, non-profit and academic sectors. Christine is an expert in developing long-term citizen science projects, and has extensive experience in working with local communities to develop and implement bespoke, relevant and scientifically robust monitoring projects, using contemporary technologies such as motion-detecting cameras and bioacoustic devices.

Christine completed her PhD in environmental science at Deakin University, carrying out applied field- and lab-based research on the urban ecology of a representative woodland bird species, the Eastern Yellow Robin. Other key projects includes research at Monash University exploring vegetation change in box-ironbark forests of central Victoria over the Millennium Drought and establishing an exciting bioacoustics project in partnership with Museums Victoria and local community groups, to monitor birds and build Victoria’s first state-specific library of bird sounds.

She works collaboratively to achieve robust applied science outcomes and has an excellent track record in stakeholder engagement and building strong partnerships across a range of organisations. She has a particular interest in applied research that explores ways to preserve and promote biodiversity conservation in highly human-modified landscapes such as urban environments and farming areas.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Deakin)
  • BSc (Hons) (Monash)
  • BSc (UniMelb)

Key publications

Year Citation
2014 Sackett, O., Armand, L., Beardall, J., Hill, R., Doblin, M., Connelly, C., Howes, J., Stuart, B., Ralph, P., & Heraud, P. (140101). Taxon-specific responses of Southern Ocean diatoms to Fe enrichment revealed by synchrotron radiation FTIR microspectroscopy. BIOGEOSCIENCES, 11(20), (5795-5808).

doi: 10.5194/bg-11-5795-2014

2013 Bennett, J. M., Cunningham, S. C., Connelly, C. A., Clarke, R. H., Thomson, J. R., & Mac, Nally. (131201). The interaction between a drying climate and land use affects forest structure and above-ground carbon storage. GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND BIOGEOGRAPHY, 22(12), (1238-1247).

doi: 10.1111/geb.12083

2007 Goodger, J. QD., Connelly, C. A., & Woodrow, I. E. (071020). Examination of the consistency of plant traits driving oil yield and quality in short-rotation coppice cultivation of Eucalyptus polybractea. FOREST ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT, 250(3), (196-205).

doi: 10.1016/j.foreco.2007.05.015

Research funding for the past 5 years

Funding details for this researcher are currently unavailable.

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Teaching activities & experience

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Mar 2018 - Dec 2019
Lecturer in Environmental Science
Victoria University
Mar 2015 - Jun 2015
Demonstrator in Environmental Science
Deakin University
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Mar 2018 -
Dec 2019
Lecturer in Environmental Science
Victoria University
Mar 2015 -
Jun 2015
Demonstrator in Environmental Science
Deakin University

Key industry, community & government roles

Dates Role Department/Organisation
Dec 2013 - Mar 2018
NatureWatch Coordinator
Victorian National Parks Association
Mar 2008 - Dec 2009
Policy Officer
Department of Sustainability and Environment
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Dec 2013 - Mar 2018
NatureWatch Coordinator
Victorian National Parks Association
Mar 2008 - Dec 2009
Policy Officer
Department of Sustainability and Environment

Professional memberships

  • Greater Melbourne Chapter Committee Member, Society for Conservation Biology
  • Victorian Chapter Committee Member, Australian Citizen Science Association
  • Professional member, Ecological Society of Australia

Media appearances

16th October 2015

Nature’s Keepers (Les Sentinelles de la Nature)

French nature documentary featuring Caught on Camera citizen science project in Wombat State Forest, Victoria, Australia. Directed by Cécile Favier, Copyright Films Concept Associés. Filmed on location 28 March 2015.