DR James Camac

DR James Camac


  • Alpine ecosystems (Population dynamics, fire ecology, predictive modelling)
  • Biosecurity (Surveillance, predictive modelling)
  • Global Change biology (Population dynamics, fire ecology, predictive modelling)



  • I’m a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis (CEBRA). I am also a member of the Research Centre For Applied Alpine Ecology and an Associate Editor for the Australian Journal of Botany. I use Bayesian methods and maths to examine interesting ecological questions. My current research involves: Evaluating the performance of biosecurity programs, and quantifying our confidence that a pest is indeed absent from a region. Examining how plant wood density influences patterns of mortality, growth and species coexistence. (in collaboration with Prof Mark Westoby, Dr Daniel Falster & Dr Rich Fitzjohn) Examining how climate change and fire influence alpine vegetation dynamics (in collaboration with Dr Peter Vesk, Dr Dick Williams, Dr Henrik Wahren & Prof Ary Hoffmann) Examining how soil nutrients and precipitation interact to influence grassland production and composition (in collaboration with Dr John Morgan and NUTNET).   


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • 2011 - Parks Victoria Collaborative Research Grant ($18,000) 2010 - Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment ($11,000) 2009 - NCCARF Collaborative Travel Grant ($2,500)   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2014
  • Hons, La Trobe University 2008

Awards and honors

  • Australian Flora Foundation Young Scientist Award, Ecological Society of Australia, 2010
  • Australian Postgraduate Award, 2009
  • ESA Marilyn Fox Award for best inaugural presentation at a conference, Ecological Society of Australia, 2008



Available for supervision

  • Y