Lab Head

  • Dr Kylie Robert

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Honorary Research fellow

  •  Dr Kerry Fanson – broadly interested in the interaction between physiology and behaviour, and understanding the ecological and evolutionary implications of this interaction. Much of my research focuses on stress and reproduction. Kerry was awarded the Tracey Banivanua Mar Research Fellowship in 2020 & now has her own Lab – The wildlife Endocrinology Lab @ La Trobe


Postdoctoral Research fellow

  •  Dr Steve Griffiths – Net Zero Fund “The dark side of energy efficient lighting: LED lights give wildlife the blues. Shifting spectral wavelengths to develop Wildlife Friendly lighting“.


Current students

  • Danielle Eastick (PhD candidate) – Sex in the city: Reproductive ecology of Gould’s wattled bats. Supervised by Kylie Robert (La Trobe), Amy Edwards (La Trobe) & Katherine Harrison (La Trobe)


  • Lauren Tworkowski (PhD candidate) – Thermoregulatory capabilities of Little penguins in relation to anthropogenic climate change. Supervised by  Kylie Robert (La Trobe), Ursula Ellenberg (University of Otago), & Peter Dann (Phillip Island)


  • Alicia Dimovski (PhD candidate) – Artificial light pollution: quantifying and mitigating the ecological and health consequences in Australian mammals. Supervised by Kylie Robert (La Trobe) & Amy Edwards (La Trobe)


  • Millie Scicluna (PhD candidate) – Using personality and cognitive assessment of individuals as a conservation tool for improving reintroduction/translocation success. Supervised by Kylie Robert (La Trobe), Richard Peters (La Trobe) & Marissa Parrott (Zoos Victoria)


  • Kelly Williams (PhD candidate) – Maternal and social transmission of anti-predator behaviours: novel techniques to improve reintroduction success. Supervised by Kylie Robert (La Trobe) & Richard Peters (La Trobe)


  • Angela Simms (PhD candidate) – Turtle head-starting for conservation. Supervised by James Van Dyke (La Trobe), Kylie Robert (La Trobe) & Ricky Spencer (Western Sydney)

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  • Erika Zaid (PhD candidate) – Reproductive sleeplessness in Dasyurid marsupials. Supervised by John Lesku (La Trobe) & Kylie Robert (La Trobe)


  • James Buxton (PhD candidate) – The functional significance of ant colouration. Supervised by Heloise Gibb (La Trobe), Mark Elgar (University of Melbourne) & Kylie Robert (La Trobe)

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  • Candice Sexton (Honours candidate) – Temperature effects during gestation in the viviparous Little whip snake (Parasuta flagellum). Supervised by Kylie Robert (La Trobe)

Lab Manager

  • Dash (Chief morale booster) Completed training under the guidance of Molly (the best dog in the world)


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