Dr April Reside

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Science


I am a postdoctoral research fellow working on the NESP Threatened Species Hub, on Theme 4: Reintroductions and refugia.

My prior research focused on climate change impacts and biodiversity conservation using spatial modelling. Funded by NCCARF, I modelled the distributions of >1700 vertebrate species across Australia for both current and future climate scenarios to identify future biodiversity hotspots and refugia. Using these models, I applied conservation planning frameworks to identify spatial priorities for climate change adaptation for biodiversity and carbon sequestration. This research fed into Natural Resource Management and government planning for climate change adaptation.

I have a particular fascination of flying vertebrates, and have worked on bats on three continents and nine countries. I worked as a field ecologist for withAustralian Wildlife Conservancy before moving to Townsville to study savanna birds with JCU and CSIRO. My PhD: “Assessing Climate Change Vulnerability: Novel methods for understanding potential impacts on Australian Tropical Savanna Birds” adapted species distribution modelling techniques to account for temporal and spatial variability in the distributions of highly vagile bird species.

I am on the Recovery Team for the Black-throated Finch, and sit on Birdlife Australia’s Research and Conservation Committee.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, James Cook University


  • Graham, Erin M., Reside, April E., Atkinson, Ian, Baird, Daniel, Hodgson, Lauren, James, Cassandra S. and VanDerWal, Jeremy J. (2019) Climate change and biodiversity in Australia: a systematic modelling approach to nationwide species distributions. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 26 2: 112-123. doi:10.1080/14486563.2019.1599742

  • Reside, April E., Cosgrove, Anita J., Pointon, Revel, Trezise, James, Watson, James E.M. and Maron, Martine (2019) How to send a finch extinct. Environmental Science and Policy, 94 163-173. doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2019.01.005

  • Garnett, S. T., Butchart, S. H. M., Baker, G. B., Bayraktarov, E., Buchanan, K. L., Burbidge, A. A., Chauvenet, A. L. M., Christidis, L., Ehmke, G., Grace, M., Hoccom, D. G., Legge, S. M., Leiper, I., Lindenmayer, D. B., Loyn, R. H., Maron, M., McDonald, P., Menkhorst, P., Possingham, H. P., Radford, J., Reside, A. E., Watson, D. M., Watson, J. E. M., Wintle, B., Woinarski, J. C. Z. and Geyle, H. M. (2019) Metrics of progress in the understanding and management of threats to Australian birds: metrics of progress. Conservation Biology, 33 2: 456-468. doi:10.1111/cobi.13220

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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Franklin, Donald C., Reside, April E. and Garnett, Stephen T. (2015). Management options for bird conservation in the face of climate change. In Jean P. Palutikof, Sarah L. Boulter, Jon Barnett and David Rissik (Ed.), Applied Studies in Climate Adaptation (pp. 68-76) Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom: John Wiley &​ Sons. doi:10.1002/9781118845028

  • Martin, J. K., Handasyde, K. A., Wright, C. J., McDonald-Madden, E. and Reside, A. (2004). Aspects of the ecology of the bobuck Trichosurus caninus in the Strathbogie Ranges, Victoria. In Ross Goldingay and Stephen M. Jackson (Ed.), The biology of Australian possums and gliders (pp. 484-489) Chipping Norton, NSW, Australia: Surrey Beatty & Sons .

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Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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