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, Physiology, Captive Management, Conservation Science, Behaviour, and Welfare. She has experience working with a large variety of species ranging from livestock to endangered species (both in situ and ex situ); including mammals, marsupials, amphibians and reptiles. Over the last decade and a half, Tamara have been involved in a wide range of management and research related collaborations and projects through which she has gain experience and knowledge in the areas of animal management and husbandry, reproductive management and assisted reproductive technology, animal physiology, animal behaviour and welfare, genetics, ecology and wildlife recovery and conservation programs. Tamara is known for her expert knowledge in non-invasive hormone analysis techniques and their validation and application to wildlife, companion, laboratory, and production animals for the study of reproduction, welfare and health. Dr. Keeley’s fellowship position at the University of Queensland, is funded by an Advance Queensland Innovation Partnership Grant. This grant is a partnership between the University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and Dreamworld to undertake research on captive and wild koalas. This research program, “A Living Koala Genome Bank” is a concept for capturing genetic variation and restoring population connectivity for the future preservation of local wild population genetics and to test chlamydia vaccine immune response and efficacy. As part of this research program we are developing and testing cost efficient, non-invasive tools for the remote physiological monitoring of wild koalas to improve demographic analysis (via genetic analysis), and the identification of reproductive and disease status (chlamydia). Tamara also co-supervising Honours, Masters and Doctorate students who’s studies include investigating hormonal biomarkers for reproductive status in echidnas, 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 and pregnancy detection methods in the koala.


  • 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

  • Keeley, Tamara and Johnston, Stephen (2019). Assessment and management of reproduction in Australian monotremes and marsupials. In Larry Vogelnest and Timothy Portas (Ed.), Current therapy in medicine of Australian mammals (pp. 63-84) Clayton South, VIC, Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

  • Parrot, Marissa L., Dowling, Emily, Faulkner, Tim, Hughes, Channing, Keeley, Tamara, Kelly, Androo, Miller, Kimberly A., Pohl, Beth, O'Brien, Justine K. and Hogg, Carolyn J. (2019). Captive research: working together for the common good. In Carolyn J. Hogg, Samantha Fox, David Pemberton and Katherine Belov (Ed.), Saving the Tasmanian Devil: recovery through science-based management (pp. 251-266) Clayton, VIC, Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

  • 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. 145-227) New York, NY, United States: Nova Science Publishers.

  • Spindler, Rebecca, Keeley, Tamara and Satake, Nana (2014). Applied andrology in endangered, exotic and wildlife species. In Peter J. Chenoweth and Steven P. Lorton (Ed.), Animal andrology: theories and applications (pp. 450-473) Wallingford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdo: CAB International. doi:10.1079/9781780643168.0450

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

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor