Phone: (03) 53279623
Position: Senior Lecturer, Program Co-ordinator
Discipline: Environmental and Conservation Science


  • PhD (Wildlife and landscape ecology)
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Natural Resources Management)
  • Graduate Certificate of Education (Tertiary Teaching)

Teaching areas

  • Australian fauna
  • Population and community ecology
  • Fire ecology
  • Field-based investigation in environmental and conservation science
  • Research supervision

Professional associations

  • Member, Birdlife Australia, Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme
  • Editor: Australian Field Ornithology

Research interests

Dr Grant Palmer’s research areas of interest include:

  • Wildlife ecology
  • Fire ecology
  • Urban ecology
  • Landscape ecology

Publications (last 5 years)


Wildlife of the Otways and Shipwreck Coast, CSIRO Publishing (in press).

Refereed articles

Gonzalez, E., Felipe-Lucia, M.R., Bourgeois, B., Boz, B., Nilsson, C., Palmer, G. and Sher, A.A. (2017). Integrative conservation of riparian zones. Biological Conservation 211, pp 20-29.

Ianello, S, Greenslade, P. and Palmer, G. (2017). Fauna of a granite cave: first data from Brittania Creek Cave (3GP10-48), Wesburn, Victoria, Australia. Helictite 43, pp 1-13.

Mahmood, A.H., Florentine, S.K., Chauhan, B.S., McLaren, D.A., Palmer, G.C. and Wright, W. (2016). Influence of various environmental factors on seed germination and seedling emergence of a noxious environmental weed: Green Galenia (Galenia pubescens). Weed Science 64, pp 486-494.

Dunstan, H, Florentine, S.K., Calvino-Cancela, M., Westbrooke, M.E. and Palmer, G.C. (2013). Dietary characteristics of Emus (Dromaius novaehollandiae) in semi-arid New South Wales, Australia, and dispersal and germination of ingested seeds. Emu 113, pp 168-176.

Monie, K., Florentine, S. and Palmer, G. (2013). Recruitment and functionality traits as bioindicators of ecological restoration success in the Lurg Hills district, Victoria, Australia. Ecological Processes2, pp 1-11.

Grants (last 5 years)

  • Securing threatened fauna in semi-arid south-western NSW Awarded: $200,000
  • Great Ocean Walk Environmental Impacts Re-assessment Awarded: $37,720
  • Enhancing habitat value for threatened species on Nanya Station Awarded: $99,804
  • An investigation of the ecology and invasion impacts of a native Australian shrub Awarded: $30,000
  • Reversing the decline of Cypress Pine communities Awarded: $155,000
  • Investigating rehabilitation of nutrient rich cropping zones using recycled green waste to benefit indigenous grassland species within the Western Grassland Awarded: $48,636
  • Fire in temperate forest landscapes 2014-2015 Awarded: $50,000
  • Investigating tree death and decline (including from Mundulla Yellows) in South Australia Awarded: $90,412
  • Vegetation and community mapping of the greater floodplain of the Darling River Awarded: $123,920
  • Resurvey of the terrestrial mammals of the Otways HawkEye Township Study Awarded: $59,871

Research higher degree completions (last 5 years)

  • Dr Graeme Smith (PhD): The contribution of Silverfish (Insecta: Zygentoma) to Australian invertebrate biodiversity and endemism (Principal supervisor)
  • Dr Ako Mahmood (PhD): Investigations into the ecology and management of the invasive plant Galenia pubescens within the native temperate grasslands of Victoria, Australia (Associate supervisor)
  • Inka Veltheim (PhD): Movements, behaviour and ecology of the Brolga, Antigone rubicunda, at multiple spatial and temporal scales (under examination, Principal supervisor)
  • Diana Kuchinke (PhD): Investigating bird responses to fire in the Heathy Dry Forests of Victoria, Australia (Associate supervisor)
  • Mr Jonathan Starks (Masters): The use of on-farm water points and artificial wildlife ponds in providing habitat for fauna in the Wimmera and Southern Mallee, Victoria, Australia.