Dr Tamara Keeley

UQ Postdoctoral ResearchFellow

School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Faculty of Science
+61 7 54601 117


Dr. Tamara Keeley is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the University of Queensland, School of Agriculture and Food Science. Dr. Keeley is a biologist, specialising in the areas Endocrinology, Reproductive Biology and Wildlife Conservation. She has been working in or with zoos for more than a decade and as such has acquired extensive experience and knowledge of animal husbandry, captive breeding programs, welfare, animal behavior and conservation programs. She has utilized non-invasive hormone analysis techniques to improve captive animal management and breeding and increase our knowledge of the basic reproductive biology of a wide range of exotic and Australian native wildlife species. Dr. Keeley’s current primary research project is aimed at evaluating near-infrared spectrometry and non-invasive hormone monitoring to discriminate reproductive and disease status in koala. She is also co-supervising Honours, Masters and Doctorate students who’s studies include investigating hormonal biomarkers for reproductive status and health in humpback whales, evaluating faecal thyroid hormones in dugongs, examination of urinary hormones and behaviour to improve detection of oestrus in Southern hairy-nosed wombats and exploring oestrous detection methods in the fat-tailed dunnart.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Sydney
  • Master of Science, York(Can.)
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Guelph


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Book Chapter

  • Johnston, Stephen D. and Keeley, Tamara (2015). Enigmas in Reproductive Biology. In Marsupials and Monotremes: Nature's Enigmatic Mammals (pp. 145-227) New York, USA: Nova Science Publishers.

  • Johnston, Stephen and Keeley, Tamara (2015). Enigmas in reproductive biology. In Athol Klieve, Lindsay Hogan, Stephen Johnston and Peter Murray (Ed.), Marsupials and monotremes: nature's enigmatic mammals (pp. 145-228) New York, NY, United States: Nova Science Publishers.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Hogan, LA, Phillips CJC., Janssen T,, Horsup, A, Nicolson V, Keeley T,, Lisle A, and Johnston.SD, (2011). Regular handling reduces behavioural but not physiological stress responses of wombats (Lasiorhinus latifrons) towards humans. In: Proceedings of the Australian Animal Studies Group Conference, Brisbane, Australia. Animals and the Environment, a shared responsibility, Brisbane Australia, (36-36). July, 2011.

  • Burgess, Elizabeth Ann, Blanshard, Wendy H., Keeley, Tamara and Lanyon, Janet M. (2009). Reproductive hormone monitoring of captive dugongs. In: 2009 ARAZPA Conference Proceedings. Australasian Regional Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria (ARAZPA) Conference, Gold Coast, Australia, (). 22-26 March 2009.

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor