Dr Ross Dwyer

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science
+61 7 336 58539


I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Queensland. My research falls within the field of animal ecology, where I am particularly interested in how animal occurrence, abundance and movement information may be used to test hypotheses and make predictions regarding individual- and population-level responses to environmental change.

I have worked in a diverse range of environments (terrestrial, freshwater, coastal and marine) and across a broad range of taxa (fish, reptiles, birds and mammals) to address research questions, publish findings and inform management decisions. This has included setting up and coordinating long-term field monitoring programs to gather physiological, behavioural, social, genetic, diet and population data for my study species.

Prior to my appointment at UQ, I was a PhD candidate at the University of Exeter Centre for Ecology and Conservation where my Thesis focused on the impact of human disturbance on wildlife communities. Since arriving at UQ, my primary role has been to oversee a long term research program investigating movement, distribution, abundance and diet among threatened riverine predators in Northern Australia. This Linkage Project is funded by the Australian Research Council with Australia Zoo and CSIRO as Industry Partners, and involves the capture, sampling and tracking of estuarine crocodiles, sharks, sawfish, rays and barramundi in Cape York, Queensland.

Research Interests

  • Movement ecology
  • Human-wildlife conflict
  • Disturbance ecology
  • R

Research Impacts

My research has a strong applied focus and I collaborate frequently with wildlife and fisheries managers, water authorities, industry, NGOs and policy makers to help guide species management and inform conservation initiatives. Outcomes have included:

  • Publication of research findings in A* journals - link
  • Providing advice to state government to improve management of estuarine crocodiles
  • Identifying spawning locations and barriers to fish passage within managed river systems
  • Assessment of protected areas and fisheries closures to protect threatened species
  • Identification of traffic strike hotspots for threatened species
  • Reduced disturbance impacts on migratory species
  • Successful long-term field monitoring programs in remote and hostile environments

I currently lecture on the UQ Master of Conservation Biology Conservation & Wildlife Biology program, and run R programming workshops specialising on spatial analysis at institutes around Australia.

I also enjoy developing research tools to assist researchers with spatial data analysis, visualisation and dissemination. My software has included:

  1. ZoaTrack.org (formerly OzTrack)
  2. The VTrack R package
  3. The Digiroo2 R package
  4. 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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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

  • Campbell, Hamish A., Dwyer, Ross G., Gordos, Matthew and Franklin, Craig E. (2010) Diving through the thermal window: Implications for a warming world. Proceedings of The Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 277 1701: 3837-3844. doi:10.1098/rspb.2010.0902

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor