My research interests are in ecology and evolution, biodiversity conservation and environmental decision making. Much of my work is focused on understanding animal and plant responses to fire, landscape modification and climate change.
This includes doing a mix of ecological modelling, field experiments and scenario analysis. I am a Senior Lecturer in Ecology and work in the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences. I was recently awarded a Centenary Fellowship by the University of Melbourne to start new research on plants, evolutionary adaptation and global change. My position involves close collaboration with researchers across the Faculty of Science including in the Quantitative and Applied Ecology Group and the Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute. From 2015-2017 I was based in Spain at the Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia. I continue to work closely with the Biodiversity and Landscape Ecology lab in Solsona, Spain. My work from 2011-2018 was completed as a member of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions. I completed my PhD at Deakin University in 2011, where I studied the distribution, ecology and conservation of small mammals in semi-arid Australia. I still love working on mammals.
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Fire regimes and environmental gradients shape vertebrate and plant distributions in temperate eucalypt forests
Luke T Kelly, Angie Haslem, Greg J Holland, Steven WJ Leonard, Josephine MacHunter, Michelle Bassett, Andrew F Bennett, Matthew J Bruce, Evelyn K Chia, Fiona J Christie, Michael F Clarke, Julian Di Stefano, Richard Loyn, Michael A McCarthy, Alina Pung, Natasha Robinson, Holly Sitters, Matthew Swan, Alan York
Journal article | 2017 | Ecosphere
Vertebrates and plants show common responses to forest fires and climate gradients but species, scale and data type matter
L Kelly, A Haslem, S Leonard, M Bassett, A Bennett, M Bruce, M Clarke, E Chia, F Christie, J Di Stefano, G Holland, R Loyn, J MacHunter, M McCarthy, A Pung, N Robinson, H Sitters, M Swan, A YORK
Journal article | 2017 | Ecosphere
Historical Maps from Modern Images: Using Remote Sensing to Model and Map Century-Long Vegetation Change in a Fire-Prone Region
Kate E Callister, Peter A Griffioen, Sarah C Avitabile, Angie Haslem, Luke T Kelly, Sally A Kenny, Dale G Nimmo, Lisa M Farnsworth, Rick S Taylor, Simon J Watson, Andrew F Bennett, Michael F Clarke
Journal article | 2016 | PLOS ONE
Systematic fire mapping is critical for fire ecology, planning and management: A case study in the semi-arid Murray Mal lee, south-eastern Australia
Sarah C Avitabile, Kate E Callister, Luke T Kelly, Angie Haslem, Lauren Fraser, Dale G Nimmo, Simon J Watson, Sally A Kenny, Rick S Taylor, Lisa M Spence-Bailey, Andrew F Bennett, Michael F Clarke
Journal article | 2013 | Landscape and Urban Planning
Time-since-fire and inter-fire interval influence hollow availability for fauna in a fire-prone system
Angie Haslem, Sarah C Avitabile, Rick S Taylor, Luke T Kelly, Simon J Watson, Dale G Nimmo, Sally A Kenny, Kate E Callister, Lisa M Spence-Bailey, Andrew F Bennett, Michael F Clarke
Journal article | 2012 | Biological Conservation
The Mallee Fire and Biodiversity Project
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Journal article | 2012 | Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria
Habitat or fuel? Implications of long-term, post-fire dynamics for the development of key resources for fauna and fire
Angie Haslem, Luke T Kelly, Dale G Nimmo, Simon J Watson, Sally A Kenny, Rick S Taylor, Sarah C Avitabile, Kate E Callister, Lisa M Spence-Bailey, Michael F Clarke, Andrew F Bennett
Journal article | 2011 | Journal of Applied Ecology
A framework for mapping vegetation over broad spatial extents: A technique to aid land management across jurisdictional boundaries
Angie Haslem, Kate E Callister, Sarah C Avitabile, Peter A Griffioen, Luke T Kelly, Dale G Nimmo, Lisa M Spence-Bailey, Rick S Taylor, Simon J Watson, Lauren Brown, Andrew F Bennett, Michael F Clarke
Journal article | 2010 | Landscape and Urban Planning
Ageing mallee eucalypt vegetation after fire: insights for successional trajectories in semi-arid mallee ecosystems
Michael F Clarke, Sarah C Avitabile, Lauren Brown, Kate E Callister, Angie Haslem, Greg J Holland, Luke T Kelly, Sally A Kenny, Dale G Nimmo, Lisa M Spence-Bailey, Rick S Taylor, Simon J Watson, Andrew F Bennett
Journal article | 2010 | Australian Journal of Botany
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Senior Lecturer In Quantitative Ecology
Ecosystem And Forest Sciences
Ecological Society of Australia
Society for Conservation Biology
Doctor of Philosophy
Bachelor of Environmental Science (Hons)