DR Amy Hahs

DR Amy Hahs


  • Urban Ecology; Remote sensing; Geographic Information Systems (GIS); Biodiversity; Vegetation; Landscape Ecology; Comparative Analysis (Urban Planning; Landscape Architecture)



  • Amy Hahs is an urban ecologist with an established research career investigating how urban landscapes impact the local ecology. Since 1999, Amy has written and co-authored over 100 academic articles and delivered more than 70 talks, lectures and interviews to Australian and international audiences. Standing as a highly-valued leader in urban ecology research and biodiversity planning, Amy regularly co-organises scientific conferences and workshops for academic and professional participants from around the world. Amy also holds honorary and advisory positions on several scientific boards, and reviews research papers for over 15 specialist journals in the fields of urban ecology, biodiversity, conservation and environment. In her previous role as Director of the specialist consultancy Urban Ecology in Action, Amy worked on a diverse range of building projects to develop green, healthy cities and towns, and conserve resilient ecosystems where we live and work. These projects included providing urban ecology advice to state and local governments, industry, businesses and other organisations to help identify innovative and practical actions that sympathetically integrates biodiversity into urban landscapes. Amy’s expert skills, deep knowledge and strong industry connections ensure a sustainable strategy will be developed to expand biodiversity in—and add value to—your important urban environments.   


Member of

  • International Association of Landscape Ecology. General Member 2015 -
  • British Ecological Society. General Member 2014 -
  • Ecological Society of Australia. General Member 1999 -
  • International Association of Landscape Ecologists- Australasian Chapter. Newsletter Editor 2000 - 2005
  • International Association of Landscape Ecology- Australasian Chapter. Newsletter Editor 2000 - 2005
  • American Meteorological Society. Student Member 2000 - 2001
  • Field Naturalists Club of Victoria. Student Member 1994 - 2000


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2006
  • BSc(Hons), University of Melbourne 1997

Awards and honors

  • Ecological Society of Australia Student Travel Grant, Ecological Society of Australia, 2001
  • School of Botany Postgraduate Student Travel Award, School of Botany, The University of Melbourne, 2000
  • Melbourne Abroad Scholarship Scheme for Postgraduates, The University of Melbourne, 2000
  • John S Turner Postgraduate Scholarship, School of Botany, The University of Melbourne, 2000
  • American Meteorological Society Student Travel Grant, American Meteorological Society, 2000
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (with Stipend), The University of Melbourne, 1999



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • My research takes a broadly interdisciplinary and collaborative approach, with an emphasis on urban green spaces; the role they can and should play for people and nature in cities of the future; and the underlying supports required to ensure that their role is not just hypothetical, but an implemented reality.