Dr Christine Schlesinger
Christine Schlesinger is an ecologist specialising in desert environments and with an emphasis on the ecology and conservation of vertebrate animals. After graduating from her BSc(Hons) at Sydney University she took up an appointment at CSIRO in Canberra where she got her first taste of working in arid environments on a project based in the mallee-spinifex country of western New South Wales. In what was to become an enduring connection with desert country she moved to Alice Springs in 1992 to begin her doctoral studies on the effects of cattle grazing on lizard communities, enrolled as a distance student with CDU and based at the CSIRO lab in Alice. She also completed a tertiary teaching degree during this time. Two decades (and two children) later she is still fascinated with arid environments and still doesn't want to leave central Australia.
Her current research is focussed on the impacts of invasive plants on ecological communities, especially reptiles and frogs. She is particularly interested in how climatic variability in arid Australia determines local strategies conservation and land managament, both on and off reserves and in how Indigenous people can have better opportunities for involvement in land management.
Christine lectures in ecology and environmental science in the School of Environment in a mix of online and field based units, and is the Course Coordinator for the Bachelor of Environmental Science. She began working for CDU in 2005, just after the Alice Springs campus of the University became a reality.
Christine is the NT representative on the Board of the Ecological Society of Australia.
Bruce Pascoe (PhD): Community Ecology of the avifauna of tall shrublands in arid Australia Supervisors: Dr Christine Schlesinger (CDU), Dr Chris Pavey (CSIRO), Dr Keith McGuinness (CDU)
Rachel O’Leary (Masters): Environmental, social and economic benefits and costs of delivering a recycling service in Alice Springs Supervisors: Prof Rolf Gerritsen (CDU), Dr Christine Schlesinger (CDU)
Sarah Bonney (Honours): Buffel grass (Cenchrus ciliaris) and ants: effects on species assemblages and seed dispersal. Supervisors: Dr Christine Schlesinger (CDU), Prof Alan Andersen (CSIRO)
Jane Walker (PhD): The culture of conservation: Valuing Aboriginal land management in arid Australian Protected areas
Supervisors: Prof Rolf Gerritsen (SSPR, CDU), Dr Christine Schlesinger (SELS, CDU), Dr Jocelyn Davies (CSIRO/Desert Knowledge CRC) (2011)
Dianne Bell (Honours): Temporal Patterns of Terrestrial Beetle Assemblages in Central Australia: The Influence of Climate
Supervisors: Dr Christine Schlesinger (SELS, CDU), Dr Chris Palmer (NRETAS) (2011)
Lauren Young (Honours): The effects of the invasive grass, Cenchrus ciliaris (buffel grass) on the habitat use and behaviour of birds in semi-arid Australia (2011)
Matt Gillis (Masters of Tropical Environmental Management): Bird species of Mulga (Acacia aneura): Diversity and abundance within a conservation reserve (2009)
Supervisor: Dr Christine Schlesinger (CDU), Dr Richard Noske (CDU), Dr Penny Wurm (CDU)
Megan Ford (Honours): Foraging behaviour and burrow use of the endangered skink Egernia slateri (2009)
Supervisors: Dr Christine Schlesinger (CDU), Dr Chris Pavey (NRETAS
Amelia Graham (Masters of Tropical Environmental Management): Analysis of wild harvest, enrichment and horticultural approaches to the production of bush foods (2008)
Supervisors: Dr Christine Schlesinger (CDU), Prof Stephen Garnett (CDU), Dr Tony Cunningham (CDU), Dr Penny Wurm (CDU)
Heidi Groffen (Masters of Captive Vertebrate Management, Charles Sturt University): Does weed management on land for wildlife properties in Alice Springs affect biodiversity? Working toward a self-assessment approach to encourage good management (2008)
Supervisor: Dr Christine Schlesinger (CDU)