Dr April Reside

Lecturer in AgroEcology

School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Faculty of Science
+61 7 54601 320


April Reside is a lecturer in Wildlife Science at the School of Agriculture & Food Sciences.

Dr Reside's research encompasses ecology, conservation, and policy. Recently she has worked with the National Environmental Science Programme’s Threatened Species Recovery Hub, investigating refuges and refugia; and recovery actions and their costs for Australia’s threatened species. April also works on conservation of woodland bird communities, the impact of climate change on biodiversity, and strategies for climate change adaptation. This work has involved applying 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.

April has a particular fascination of flying vertebrates, and has worked on bats on three continents and nine countries. She worked as a field ecologist for Australian Wildlife Conservancy before moving to Townsville to study savanna birds at James Cook University and CSIRO. Her 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. Dr Reside developed methods for dynamic species distribution modelling that could incorporate big data and hundreds of species at fine resolutions. The dynamic species distribution models take into account species’ responses to fluctuations in weather and short-term climatic conditions rather than long-term climate averages. In her first postdoctoral position, Dr Reside modelled the distribution of c.1700 vertebrates across Australia at a fine resolution, and located the future location of suitable climate for all these species for each decade until 2085. From this, she identified hotspots across Australia where species were moving to in order to track their suitable climate. Her work helped to inform the IUCN SSC Guidelines for Assessing Species’ Vulnerability to Climate Change by the IUCN Species Survival Commission.

April has been involved in conservation of the Black-throated Finch for over 12 years, and is Chair of the Black-throated Finch Recovery Team. She is also a member of the Research and Conservation Committee and Threatened Species Committee for Birdlife Australia.

Research Impacts

Dr Reside engages with environmental policy in order to achieve better environmental outcomes. Her work on threatened species and environmental policy has contributed to submissions to the 2019 review of Australia’s environmental laws; Australia’s threatened species strategy; Senate Inquiry on Australia’s faunal extinction crisis; Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016; Inquiry into the impact on the agricultural sector of vegetation and land management policies, regulations and restrictions; Australia’s strategy for nature 2018-2030 and others. She has appeared as an expert witness at Parliament House for three inquiry hearings to speak on these matters.

April's work has been covered extensively in online, TV and print media, and regularly writes for public fora such as The Conversation. Her public engagement was recognised with the Young Tall Poppy Award 2020 (Queensland).


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Jamestown College


  • Watson, James E. M., Simmonds, Jeremy S., Ward, Michelle, Yong, Chuan J., Reside, April E., Possingham, Hugh P., Rogers, Andrew and Carwardine, Josie (2022). Communicating the true challenges of saving species: response to Wiedenfeld et al. Conservation Biology. doi: 10.1111/cobi.13961

  • Allan, James R., Possingham, Hugh P., Atkinson, Scott C., Waldron, Anthony, Di Marco, Moreno, Butchart, Stuart H. M., Adams, Vanessa M., Kissling, W. Daniel, Worsdell, Thomas, Sandbrook, Chris, Gibbon, Gwili, Kumar, Kundan, Mehta, Piyush, Maron, Martine, Williams, Brooke A., Jones, Kendall R., Wintle, Brendan A., Reside, April E. and Watson, James E. M. (2022). The minimum land area requiring conservation attention to safeguard biodiversity. Science, 376 (6597), 1094-1101. doi: 10.1126/science.abl9127

  • Ward, Michelle, Carwardine, Josie, Watson, James E. M., Pintor, Anna, Stuart, Stephanie, Possingham, Hugh P., Rhodes, Jonathan R., Carey, Alexander R., Auerbach, Nancy, Reside, April, Yong, Chuan Ji and Tulloch, Ayesha (2022). How to prioritize species recovery after a megafire. Conservation Biology. doi: 10.1111/cobi.13936

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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • (2021) Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • Investigate the habitat use, abundance, and distribution of the Julia Creek Dunnart and other co-occurring small mammals

  • Topics include cost-effective conservation of threatened species and evaluation of environmental policy

  • Priorities include investigating breeding ecology, and population dynamics

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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. Applied Studies in Climate Adaptation. (pp. 68-76) edited by Jean P. Palutikof, Sarah L. Boulter, Jon Barnett and David Rissik. 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. The biology of Australian possums and gliders. (pp. 484-489) edited by Ross Goldingay and Stephen M. Jackson. Chipping Norton, NSW, Australia: Surrey Beatty & Sons .

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Investigate the habitat use, abundance, and distribution of the Julia Creek Dunnart and other co-occurring small mammals

  • Topics include cost-effective conservation of threatened species and evaluation of environmental policy

  • Priorities include investigating breeding ecology, and population dynamics

  • Incorporating climate change impacts and adaptation to biodiversity conservation is lagging for many contexts. Practical strategies for combining climate change impact assessments, vulnerability assessments and conservation plans for species, ecosystems and regions need further development.

  • Understanding how to manage habitats for woodland birds, including restoration of cleared and degraded habitat, and managing the impact of threats such as invasive species.