Dr Ross Dwyer

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science
+61 7 336 51390


My research interests falls within the field of animal ecology: how animal interact with the environment and with each other. I have worked in a diverse range of environments (terrestrial, coastal and marine) gathering physiological, behavioural and population data across a broad range of taxa. I am particularly interested in how animal location data (i.e. biotelemetry, species presence or species abundance) may be used in combination with remote sensing data to test hypotheses and make predictions regarding individual- and population-level responses to environmental change. I am currently overseeing a long-term tracking study investigating the movement patterns of large riverine predators (estuarine crocodiles, river sharks, sawfish, freshwater rays and barramundi) in Northern Queensland.

Research Impacts

My research has a strong applied focus and I collaborate frequently with wildlife and fisheries managers and policy makers to help inform species management. This has included understanding the consequences of habitat loss, disturbance and reductions in habitat connectivity on population viability, and how changes in species abundance may impact food web structure, ecosystem function or human-wildlife conflict.

I am also interested in developing research tools to assist with data analysis, visualisation and dissemination. This has included two R packages (VTrack and Digiroo2), ZoaTrack.org (formerly OzTrack) and our Crocodile Tracks webpage.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Exeter
  • Master of Research in Environmental Biology, University of Dundee
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Dundee


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • (2017) Doctor Philosophy

  • (2017) Doctor Philosophy

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Featured Publications

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Guru, S. M., Dwyer, R. G., Watts, M. E., Dinh, M. N., Abramson, D., Nguyen, H. A., Campbell, H.A., Franklin, C. E., Clancy, T. and Possingham, H. P. (2015). A reusable scientific workflow for conservation planning. In: T. Weber, M. J. McPhee and R. S. Anderssen, MODSIM2015, 21st International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand. International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, (1441-1447). 29 November to 4 December 2015.

  • Hunter, Jane, Brooking, Charles, Brimblecombe, Wilfred, Dwyer, Ross G., Campbell, Hamish A., Watts, Matthew E. and Franklin, Craig E. (2013). OzTrack: e-infrastructure to support the management, analysis and sharing of animal tracking data. In: IEEE Ninth International Conference on e-Science: e-Science 2013 Proceedings. IEEE e-Science 2013: 9th IEEE International Conference on e-Science, Beijing, China, (140-147). 22-25 October, 2013. doi:10.1109/eScience.2013.38

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision