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Research interests

  • Wildlife conservation in agricultural landscapes
  • Applied herpetology
  • Rocky outcrop (inselberg) ecology
  • Restoration ecology and adaptive management

Personal profile

Dr Damian Michael is a postdoctoral researcher within the Murrumbidgee Long-Term Intervention Monitoring team. Over the past 18 years Damian has been involved in monitoring the response of arboreal marsupials to fire and forestry practices in the Central Highlands of Victoria, monitoring birds, reptiles and small mammal responses to ecological fire regimes and invasive weed control in Booderee National Park, and monitoring the response of terrestrial biodiversity and vegetation condition to temperate woodland intervention management and restoration in the box gum grassy woodland ecosystem of south-eastern Australia.

Damian’s research focuses on restoration ecology and applied herpetology in agricultural landscapes where he has worked on understanding the spatial ecology of pythons, sociality in lizards and snakes, morphological plasticity, habitat preferences and developing standardised methods for surveying reptiles. Damian’s PhD focused on understanding the ecological roles of insular granite outcrops in farming landscapes and he is the lead author of Reptiles in the NSW Murray Catchment: A Guide to their Identification, Ecology and Conservation and the award winning Rocky Outcrops in Australia: Ecology, Conservation and Management.

Education/Academic qualification

Australian National University


Charles Sturt University


University of Technology


External positions

Senior Manager - Ecologist & Herpetologist

Mar 2010Nov 2018

Senior Research Officer

Aug 2005Mar 2010

Research Officer


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Reptiles on the brink: identifying the Australian terrestrial snake and lizard species most at risk of extinction

Geyle, H. M., Tingley, R., Amey, A. P., Cogger, H., Couper, P. J., Cowan, M., Craig, M. D., Ellis, R. J., Fenner, A., Gardner, M. G., Garnett, S. T., Gillespie, G. R., Greenlees, M. J., Hoskin, C. J., Keogh, J. S., Lloyd, R., Melville, J., McDonald, P. J., Michael, D. R., Mitchell, N. J. & 13 others, Sanderson, C., Shea, G. M., Sumner, J., Wapstra, E., Woinarski, J. C. Z., Chapple, D. G., Amy, A., Doughty, P., Driscoll, D., Emery, J-P., Gardner, M., Greenless, M. & Wapstra, E., 3 Sep 2020, In : Pacific Conservation Biology. 10 p.

The University of Western Australia

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  • Geographical variation in body size and sexual size dimorphism in an Australian lizard, Boulenger's Skink (Morethia boulengeri)

    Michael, D. R., Banks, S. C., Piggott, M. P., Cunningham, R. B., Crane, M., MacGregor, C., McBurney, L. & Lindenmayer, D. B., 22 Oct 2014, In : PLoS ONE. 9, 10, p. 1-8 8 p., e109830.

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    Open Access