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Dr Katharina Peters PhD, Bac

Postdoctoral Fellow - Ecology

Doctoral Co-Supervisor
School of Natural and Computational Sciences

I am originally from Germany, where I did my undergraduate degree in biology at the University of Osnabrück. In 2010, I moved to Adelaide, South Australia to obtain a BSc (Hons) at Flinders University, studying the impact of tourism on bottlenose dolphins in Adelaide's metropolitan waters with the Cetacean Ecology, Behaviour and Evolution Lab. I then moved on to do a PhD with the BirdLab at Flinders University  investigating causes and consequences of hybridisation in Darwins tree finches on the Galápagos Archipelago. During the past years I have worked in different projects related to behavioural ecology and conservation of a variety of aquatic and terrestrial species.

During 2018, I was an Australia Awards/Endeavour Research fellow investigating the foraging ecology of several species of toothed whales with the Cetacean Ecology Research Group at Massey University
​During 2019 I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Global Ecology Lab at Flinders University.  My research here used ecological modelling and the fossil record to elucidate palaeo-species abundances and extinction dynamics, as well as developing matrix-based population models to better understand the population development of koalas in the Mt Lofty Ranges. I remain affiliated with the Global Ecology Lab at Flinders University, where I hold adjunct academic status.

As of February 2020 I am back with the Cetacean Ecology Research Group at Massey as a postdoctoral fellow, where I am also topic coordinator for 196.327 Marine Mammalogy

I am a behavioural ecologist with a particular fascination for marine mammals. My research interests lie at the interface of animal behavior and distribution, population ecology and evolutionary biology and how to apply this information to better manage the conservation of wild populations and their associated environments. Addressing these questions requires quantitative and interdisciplinary approaches. Thus, I use an integrative approach involving field-intensive ecological and behavioral work with ecological modeling and molecular analyses. 

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  • Doctor of Philosophy - Flinders University (2016)
  • Bachelor of Science - Flinders University (2010)

Certifications and Registrations

  • Licence, Co-Supervisor, Massey University

Research Expertise

Research Interests

  • Ecology
  • Animal behaviour
  • Marine mammals

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Behavioural Ecology (060201): Biological Sciences (060000): Community Ecology (060202): Ecology (060200): Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology) (060205): Population Ecology (060207)

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

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