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Associate Professor Phillip Cassey

Telephone +61 8 8313 4042
Building Benham Building
Floor/Room 1 06
Campus North Terrace
Org Unit Ecology and Environmental Science

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Biography/ Background

My research has been built on the subject of human contributions to changes in biodiversity through the dual processes of species extinction and invasion. My PhD thesis developed models for explaining variability in the establishment success of globally distributed exotic bird species. I subsequently worked as a post-doctoral researcher in Paris (Eco-Evolution Mathématique), United Kingdom (University of Birmingham), and United States (Rutgers University, New Jersey). In 2006 I was awarded an ongoing independent Research Fellowship in Systems Ecology at University of Birmingham (UK). In 2010 I moved to the University of Adelaide to undertake an ARC Future Fellowship.

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Australia has a notorious history with invasive species (pests, weeds, and diseases), which continue to incur enormous financial, environmental and social costs. In addition, the growing trade and globalisation of transport places extraordinary pressure on the biosecurity sector for the interdiction of new exotic and invasive species. As a trans-disciplinary group of scientists and research students, we bring critical analytical techniques to the study of invasion biology and biosecurity risk management: areas characterized by complexity and uncertainty.

As a research group, we are constantly working to develop broad new skills in analytical, conceptual, and applied techniques for conducting high impact research and presenting results in exciting and innovative ways. Our research has led to significant advances in the discipline of global change biology, and the prioritisation of evidence-based biosecurity decision making. We work across the biosecurity continuum with a wide range of existing funded projects.

The Invasion Ecology Group includes postdocs, PhD students, honours students, and undergraduate researchers working in invasion biogeography and biosecurity risk assessment. Anyone interested in working with us or joining the group as a researcher or student can contact me directly to discuss the opportunities currently available.


Teaching Interests


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To date, my primary scientific output (over 150 research publications) has covered a wide variety of research topics including environmental sciences & ecology, life sciences & biomedicine, evolutionary biology, zoology, and mathematics.

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Entry last updated: Thursday, 5 Feb 2015

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