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Dr Kate Giljohann a research scientist at CSIRO Environment and is part of the Quantitative Biodiversity Assessment Team.

An ecologist and ecological modeller, Dr Giljohann specialises in research to support environmental decision-making and address key ecological challenges. Her research focuses on developing and applying biodiversity assessment techniques, and building knowledge of how changing disturbance regimes – particularly fire and invasive species – affect the ecological dynamics of species, biological communities and landscapes.

Current and recent projects include:
NatureIQ Project team
• Priority improvements to the Habitat Condition Assessment System - Leading the Reference Sites activity team
• National and Regional Ecosystem Accounting Projects - Biodiversity and Ecosystem condition project teams
• Sub-project lead - Partnering with State and Federal organisations to report on a new National Connectivity Index for Australia
Biodiversity Co-benefits project for CSIRO’s Digiscape Future Science Platform - Project team

Prior to joining CSIRO in early 2022, Dr Giljohann was a Research Fellow at The University of Melbourne where she co-designed scenario analyses for ecological fire management, and led a review of ecological resilience metrics for the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC. Her PhD research on optimal fire management for biodiversity conservation was undertaken as part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions.

Academic Qualifications

  • 2017

    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    The University of Melbourne

  • 2009

    Honours in Bachelor of Natural Resource Management (1st class)
    The University of Melbourne

Professional Experiences

  • 2021-2022

    Melbourne Research Fellowship - Career Interruptions
    The University of Melbourne

  • 2016-2020

    Post-doctoral Research Fellow - ARC Linkage Project
    The University of Melbourne

  • 2009-2012

    Research Assistant - Australian Weeds Research Centre grant; ARC Linkage Project; Parks Victoria Research Partners Program
    The University of Melbourne