DR Caragh Threlfall

DR Caragh Threlfall


  • Urban Biodiversity
  • Urban Ecology



  • I am a postdoctoral research fellow working on an ARC Linkage Grant. I recently completed my PhD in urban ecology at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, which investigated changes in micro-bat diversity in relation to urbanisation, landscape structure, and critical resources including insect prey and tree hollows. My research interests include urban ecology, urban planning and landscape design, and the maintenance of ecosystem services and biodiversity in urban areas.

    Recent Publications:
    Hudson, L.N., Newbold, T., Contu, S., Hill, S.L.L., Lysenko, I., De Palma, A., ...Threlfall, C.G,... Purvis, A, (accepted November 2014). The PREDICTS database: a global database of how local terrestrial biodiversity responds to human impacts. Ecology and Evolution. In press 

    Jung, K and Threlfall, C.G. (accepted July 2014) Bats in urban environments. Book chapter in ‘Bats in the Anthropocene: Conservation of bats in a changing world’. Voigt, C. and Kingston, T (Eds), Springer.

    Threlfall, C. G., Law, B. & Banks, P. B. (2013) Odour cues influence predation risk at artificial bat roosts in urban bushland. Biology Letters (9) 3. 

    Luck, G. W., Smallbone, L., Threlfall, C., and Law, B. (2013) Patterns in bat functional guilds across multiple urban centres in south-eastern Australia. Landscape Ecology. (28), 455-469.

    Threlfall, C. G., Law, B. & Banks, P. B. (2013) The urban matrix and artificial light restricts the nightly ranging behaviour of Gould’s long-eared bat (Nyctophilus gouldi). Austral Ecology.(38), 921-930. 

    Threlfall, C. G., Law, B. & Banks, P. B. (2013) Roost selection in suburban bushland by the urban sensitive bat Nyctophilus gouldi. Journal of Mammalogy. (94), 307-319.

    Threlfall, C. G., Law, B., & Banks, P. B. (2012) The influence of landscape structure and human modifications on insect biomass and   


Member of

  • Ecological Society of Australia. Scientific Member 2008 -


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • Williams, N.S.G, Threlfall C.G, Walker, K. Understanding and enhancing urban pollinator biodiversity via wildlife gardening and citizen scientists, McCoy Seed Funding, Museum Victoria $19,795 2015 – 2016

    Kendal, McDonnell, Livesley, van der Ree, Davern, Threlfall, Hughes, Cook, Taylor. Managing urban trees as keystone structures in the social and ecological fabric of cities, Melbourne Sustainability Society Institute $6,000 2014-2015

    Williams, N.S.G, Threlfall C.G. Understanding pollination services and plant reproductive success in remnant and revegetated urban parks. Parks Victoria $10,810 2014-2015

    Threlfall, C.G., Williams, N.S.G., van der Ree, R., Livesley, S.J., and Harrison, L. Bushland and Urban Biodiversity in a Changing Climate. The City of Boroondarra. $50,000 2014-2015


Education and training

  • PhD, University of New South Wales 2012
  • BEnvSc (Hons), University of Wollongong 2006


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • My research falls into three keys areas of urban ecosystems: 1) the impact of urban form & green infrastructure on biodiversity; 2) the services biodiversity provides across different urban landscapes; and 3) the effectiveness of urban greening and management for biodiversity conservation and the maintenance of ecosystem function. See www.caraghthrelfall.com for more details.