Dr Fiona Hogan

Email: fiona.hogan@federation.edu.auDr Fiona Hogan

Room: 903_1124 Berwick Campus

Phone: 5122 6466


Fiona Hogan was awarded her Bachelor of Science Degree (Honours) from La Trobe University in 1996 and her Doctor of Philosophy from Deakin University in 2008. Fiona has held numerous academic positions at Monash and Deakin universities, between the years 2006 to 2009, until being appointed to the position of lecturer in Environmental Science at Monash University, Gippsland Campus (now Federation University Australia) in 2010.

Fiona Hogan is a molecular ecologist whose research focuses on isolating DNA from non-invasively collected samples (e.g. shed feathers, faecal pellets) to obtain DNA profiles of wild animals. To date most of her research has involved profiling Australian owls, however, more recently she has broaden her research to assess the effect of fragmentation on koalas, tawny frogmouths, grey crown babblers and eastern yellow robins, using DNA. DNA can provide information about the biology and/or ecology of a species which otherwise can be difficult, if not impossible to obtain, e.g. relatedness of breeding pairs, population structure, inferring mating systems, dispersal and migration. Molecular data is proving to be extremely valuable and is helping to quickly fill knowledge gaps, such knowledge will certainly improve the future management of wildlife and our natural resources.


Doctor of Philosophy - Deakin University 2008

Bachelor of Science (Hons) - La Trobe University 1996

Postgraduate research supervisions

Current supervision

Program of study: (Doctorate by research)

  • Thesis title: Genetic investigation of the koala population in the Strzelecki bioregion using DNA from scats.
  • Supervisors: Mosse, J (Joint-co), Hogan, F (Joint), Wright, W (Associate), Isaac, B (Associate).

Program of study: (Masters by research)

  • Thesis title: Zoology.
  • Supervisors: Wright, W (Main), Hogan, F (Associate), Isaac, B (Associate).


Journal articles

Hogan, F., Campbell, C., Millage, D. and Cooke, R. (2013) Molecular data cautions the translocation of the masked owl from Lord Howe Island for conservation of the endangered Tasmanian masked owl. Biological Conservation, 159, 313-320.

Wedrowicz, F., Karsa, M.M., Mosse, J.A., Hogan, F.E., 2013, Reliable genotyping of the koala (Phascolarctos cincereus) using DNA isolated from a single faecal pellet, Molecular Ecology Resources [E], vol 13, issue 4, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd, United Kingdom, pp. 634-641.

Hogan, F.E., Weaving, M., Johnston, G.R., Gardner, M.G., 2012, Isolation and characterisation via 454 sequencing of microsatellites from the tawny frogmouth, Podargus strigoides (Class Aves, Family Podargidae), Australian Journal of Zoology [P], vol 60, issue 2, CSIRO Publishing, Australia, pp. 133-136.

Hogan, F., Cooke, R., 2010, Insights into the breeding behaviour and dispersal of the Powerful Owl (Ninox Strenua) through the collection of shed feathers, Emu: Austral Ornithology [P], vol 110, issue 2, CSIRO Publishing, Australia, pp. 178-184.

Hogan, F., Cooke, R., 2009, Conservation biology: a 'crisis discipline', The Victorian Naturalist [P], vol 126, issue 3, The Field Naturalists Club of Victoria Inc, Australia, pp. 92-98.

Hogan, F., Cooke, R., Norman, J., 2009, Reverse ascertainment bias in microsatellite allelic diversity in owls (Aves, Strigiformes), Conservation Genetics [P], vol 10, issue 3, Springer Netherlands, Netherlands, pp. 635-638.

Hogan, F., Cooke, R., Burridge, C., Norman, J., 2008, Optimizing the use of shed feathers for genetic analysis, Molecular Ecology Resources [E], vol 8, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd, United Kingdom, pp. 561-567.

Isaac, B., Cooke, R., Simmons, D., Hogan, F., 2008, Predictive mapping of powerful owl (Ninox strenua) breeding sites using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in urban Melbourne, Australia, Landscape and Urban Planning [P], vol 84, Elsevier BV, Netherlands, pp. 212-218.

Hurley, V., Hogan, F., White, J., Cooke, R., 2007, A morphological model for sexing nestling peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus macropus) verified through genetic analysis, Wildlife Research [P], vol 34, CSIRO Publishing, Australia, pp. 54-58.

Hogan, F., Burridge, C., Cooke, R., Norman, J., 2007, Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci to DNA fingerprint the Powerful Owl (Ninox strenua), Molecular Ecology Resources [P], vol 7, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd, United Kingdom, pp. 1305-1307.

Cooke, R., Wallis, R., Hogan, F., White, J., Webster, A., 2006, The diet of powerful owls (Ninox strenua) and prey availability in a continuum of habitats from disturbed urban fringe to protected forest environments in south-eastern Australia, Wildlife Research [P], vol 33, CSIRO Publishing, Australia, pp. 199-206.

Refereed conference papers

Hogan, F., Cooke, R., Norman., J and Burridge, C. A non-invasive sampling strategy for mapping the genetics of Powerful Owls in Australia. Proceedings of the 4th Symposium on Asian Raptors, Taiping, Malaysia, 28-31 October 2005, pp 200 -208.

Cooke, R., Hogan, F., Wallis, R. and Hurley, V.G. Methods of marking juvenile Powerful Owls in Melbourne, Australia. Proceedings of the 4th Symposium on Asian Raptors, Taiping, Malaysia, 28-31 October 2005, 1 – 13.