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Dr Susan Fuller
Senior Lecturer in Ecology
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences,
Sustainable Environments
Discipline *
Environmental Science and Management, Evolutionary Biology, Zoology
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Ph.d (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Genetics Society of Australia
  • The Society for the Study of Evolution

conservation biology, invasive pest species management, molecular ecology, molecular systematics, population ecology, wildlife management

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Research theme: Environment
Research discipline: Biogeoscience
Research program: Ecosystems

Humans are part of the earth’s ecological systems, and as such we interact with and modify the natural environment.  To understand and manage our impact on the environment we must have a sound knowledge of ecosystems ecology.  I am a passionate environmental scientist and my aspiration as an academic is to transfer this passion for applied ecosystems science to students. I aim to be a world leader in the research field of environmental monitoring and restoration and to play an integral role in managing Australia’s sustainable resource use.

I undertake high impact, interdisciplinary research involving elements of biodiversity monitoring and ecosystem restoration and wildlife management (conservation biology and biosecurity), which fits squarely within the ‘Healthy Ecosystems & Environmental Monitoring’ theme of the Institute for Future Environments at QUT. These research areas also relate directly to two of Australia’s National Research Priorities; An Environmentally Sustainable Australia (sustainable use of Australia’s biodiversity) and Safeguarding Australia (Protecting Australia from invasive diseases and pests).

I have a track record of high impact research that includes bringing in to QUT over $340 000 in competitive and non-competitive research funding.  I have led a large national project ($136 000 from the CRC for National Plant Biosecurity) that has funded one PhD to completion and resulted in three journal articles .  I have consistently published in high impact, international peer reviewed journals and books, including one publication in a journal with an IF of 10.2 (Systematic Biology) and five papers in Molecular Ecology (IF = 5.5).   My achievements were recognised in 2008 when I was awarded a Faculty of Science Outstanding Early Career Researcher Award and I was awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Performance Award .

By incorporating elements of my research into my teaching, I have delivered innovative and ‘real-world’ curriculum for QUT students. I have a track record of outstanding teaching practice, in small and large (700+) undergraduate classes, as well as honours and postgraduate research student supervision.   I commenced HDR supervision at QUT in 2006 and since this time I have supervised an average of 4.6 HDR students/year.  Since 2007, I have had an average of 0.85 HDR completions/year.

This information has been contributed by Dr Susan Fuller.


Teaching discipline: Biogeoscience Teaching Areas:

  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science

I have nine years of teaching experience at QUT. During this time, I have developed and delivered new curriculum that is challenging and relevant for large (700+) 1st year classes and smaller 3rd year classes.  My teaching goal is to capture student interest and extend student understanding and I do this by connecting students with the subject matter so that they can personally relate to concepts and build a deep level of knowledge.  My teaching also emphasises real world learning outcomes which will enhance student prospects of employment. Currently, I am unit coordinator of

  • 1st year Ecosystems and the Environment,
  • 2nd year Land Resource Assessment
  • 3rd year Field Methods in Natural Resource Sciences
  • 3rd year Conservation Biology
This information has been contributed by Dr Susan Fuller.


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