Dr Stefan Caddy-Retalic

Dr Stefan Caddy-Retalic
 Position Adjunct Lecturer
 Org Unit Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
 Email stefan.caddy-retalic@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 1257
 Location Floor/Room 2 ,  The Braggs ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    My work focuses on how to effectively detect meaningful environmental change with limited resources. I integrate biomolecular techniques (stable isotopes, DNA metabarcoding) with traditional ecological survey methods (vegetation metrics, invertebrate trapping) to integrate species change from a population to biome level. My field sites span a strong climate gradient from the south coast of South Australia through the Mt Lofty Ranges, Flinders Ranges, Gammon Ranges and Stony Plains to investigate changes within species, communities and biomes to better understand the interrelationships and drivers of this change.

    Prior to embarking on my PhD, I worked in environmental policy for the Commonwealth government and managed science projects for the University of Adelaide and Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN). My primary interest is in conducting research to address real world problems and bridging the gap between ecological theory and the current needs of land managers.


    PhD (2014-18; University of Adelaide)
    B Sc (Biodiversity & Conservation)
    B Sc Hons (Marine Biology)
    B Innovation & Enterprise (Science and Technology)
    Cert IV Project Management

  • Research Funding

    Caddy-Retalic, S. & McInerney, F.A. TERN Australian Transect Network (2016) $25K

    Caddy-Retalic, S. AW Howard Memorial Trust (2016) $3.5K

    Caddy-Retalic, S. & McInerney, F. A. TERN eMast (2015) $4.7K

    Caddy-Retalic, S. & McInerney F. A. State Herbarium of South Australia (2015) $1K

    Caddy-Retalic, S. Ludwig Leichardt Postgraduate Sciences Fellowship (2014) 3 year stipend

    Caddy-Retalic, S. Australian Postgraduate Award (Australian Research Council) (2014) 3 year stipend

    Clancy, T., Phinn, S., Lowe, A., Saunders, M., Thurgate, N., Walker, C., Sparrow, B. & Caddy-Retalic, S. (2013) Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (NCRIS, Department of Education) $1.6M

    Caddy-Retalic, S. & Benkendorff, K. Flinders University Equipment Grant (2008) $5K

    Caddy-Retalic, S. Playford Memorial Trust Honours Scholarship (Marine Biology) (2008) $1K

  • Publications

    Research Publications

    Dormontt, E.E., van Dijk, K., Bell, K.L., Biffin, E., Breed, M.F., Byrne, M., Caddy-Retalic, S., Encinas-Viso, F., Nevill, P.G., Shapcott, A., Young, J.M. & Lowe, A.J. (2018) Advancing DNA barcoding and metabarcoding applications for plants requires systematic analysis of herbarium collections - an Australian perspective. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2018.00134

    Baruch, Z., Caddy-Retalic, S., Guerin, G.R., Sparrow, B., Leitch, E., Tokmakoff, A. & Lowe, A.J. (2018) Floristic and structural assessment of Australian rangeland vegtation with standardized plot-based surveysPLOS ONE DOI: https://doi.org.10.1371/journal.pone.0202073

    Baruch, Z., Jones, A.R., Hill, K.E., McInerney, F.A., Blyth, C., Caddy-Retalic, S., Christmas, M.J., Gellie, N.J.C., Martín-Forés, I., Nielson, K.E., Lowe, A.J. & Breed, M.F. (2018) Functional acclimation across microgeographic scales in Dodonaea viscosa. AoB Plants DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/aobpla/ply029

    Howard, S., McInerney, F.A., Caddy-Retalic, S., Hall, P.A. & Andrae, J.W. (2018) Modelling leaf wax n-alkane inpts to soils along a latitudinal transect across Australia. Organic Geochemistry DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.orggeochem.2018.03.013

    Caddy-Retalic, S., Andersen, A.N., Aspinwall, M.J., Breed, M.F., Byrne, M., Christmas, M.J., Dong, N., Evans, B.J., Fordham, D.A., Guerin, G.R., Hoffmann, A.A., Hughes, A.C., van Leeuwen, S.J., McInerney, F.A., Prober, S.M., Rossetto, M., Rymer, P.D., Steane, D.A., Wardle, G.M. & Lowe, A.J. (2017) Bioclimatic transect networks: powerful observatories of ecological change. Ecology and Evolution DOI: 10.1002/ece3.2995

    Baruch, Z., Christmas, M.J., Breed, M.F., Guerin, G.R., Caddy-Retalic, S., McDonald, J., Jardine, D.I., Leitch, E., Gellie, N., Hill, K., McCallum, K. & Lowe, A.J. (2016) Leaf trait associations with environmental variation in the wide-ranging shrub Dodonaea viscosa subsp. angustissima (Sapindaceae). Austral Ecology DOI: 10.1111/aec.12474

    Dong, N., Prentice, I.C., Evans, B. J., Caddy-Retalic, S., Lowe, A. J. & Wright, I. J. (2016) Leaf nitrogen from first principles: field evidence for adaptive varation with climate. Biogeosciences 14 pp. 481-495. DOI: 10.5194/bg-2016-89

    Bissett, A., Fitzgerald, A., Meintjes, T., Mele, P.M., Reith, F., Dennis, P.G., Breed, M.F., Brown, B., Brown, M.V., Brugger, J., Byrne, M., Caddy-Retalic, S., et al. (2016) Introducing BASE: the Biomes of Australian Soil Environments soil microbial diversity database. Gigascience 5(21) DOI: 10.1186/s13742-016-0126-5

    Campbell, C.A., Lefroy, E.C., Caddy-Retalic, S., Bax, N., Doherty, P.J., Douglas, M.M., Johnson, D., Possingham, H.P., Specht, A, Tarte, D. & West, J. (2015) Designing environmental research for impact. Science of the Total Environment 534 pp. 4-13 DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.11.089

    White, A., Sparrow, B., Leitch, E., Foulkes, J., Flitton, R., Lowe, A.J. & Caddy-Retalic, S. (2012) AusPlots Rangelands Survey Protocols Manual. University of Adelaide Press, Adelaide SA

    Caddy-Retalic, S., Benkendorff, K. & Fairweather, P. G. (2011) Visualizing hotspots: Applying thermal imaging to monitor internal temperatures in intertidal gastropods. Molluscan Research 31(2) pp. 106-113 DOI:


    Other publications

    Caddy-Retalic, S. & Lowe, A.J. (2012) DNA barcoding: a better way to discover species The Conversation

    Lowe, A.J. & Caddy-Retalic, S. (2012) Genetically linked, a continent apart: the rise of DNA barcoding The Conversation

    Lowe, A.J. & Caddy-Retalic, S. (2014) Will the climate debate end up being fought in court? Business Spectator


    Caddy-Retalic, S. (2014) Will the climate debate end up being fought in court? Beyond Zero Climate Politics

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