Christine Schlesinger

Registered to supervise postgraduate research

1994 …2020

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Dr Christine Schlesinger is a Senior Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer in the College of Engineering, IT and Environment based at the University’s desert campus in Alice Springs.

Christine’s research is focussed on desert ecosystems with an emphasis on the ecology and conservation of arid zone fauna.  One of her key interests is in understanding how native animals are affected, and adjusting, to rapidly changing environments. Large parts of inland Australia are being invaded by Buffel Grass – an introduced C4 grass that transforms plant communities and increases the frequency and intensity of fire - and a focus of Christine’s current research is to determine the impacts on native fauna so as to better manage these novel, invaded ecosystems for conservation. More broadly, Christine seeks to understand contemporary threats to desert fauna, such as introduced predators and climate change, within the framework of a highly variable, low resource arid environment.  

Christine coordinates CDU’s Bachelor of Environmental Science degree and teaches in field ecology and wildlife management.  She leads the Arid Zone Wildlife Ecology & Conservation lab located at the Alice Springs campus.

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Award Date: 1 May 2000

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Research Output

Location of long-term communal burrows of a threatened arid-zone lizard in relation to soil and vegetation

Ridley, J. C. H., Schlesinger, C. A. & Bull, C. M., Jun 2020, In : Austral Ecology. 45, 4, p. 444-453 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • After the climb: how new tourism opportunities can empower the traditional owners of Uluru

    Judd, B., Kearney, A., Hallinan, C., Schlesinger, C., Cheer, J. & Reeves, K., 31 Oct 2019, In : The Conversation.

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

    Open Access
  • Assessment of avian site fidelity in arid Acacia shrubland based on a ten-year mark-recapture study in central Australia

    Pascoe, B. A., Schlesinger, C., Chris, P. & Morton, S., 2019, In : Corella. 43, p. 8-18 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Characteristics of hollows and hollow-bearing trees in semi-arid river red gum woodland and potential limitations for hollow-dependent wildlife

    Westerhuis, E. L., Schlesinger, C. A., Nano, C. E. M., Morton, S. R. & Christian, K. A., Sep 2019, In : Austral Ecology. 44, 6, p. 995-1004 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Effectiveness of transects, point counts and area searches for bird surveys in arid Acacia shrubland

    Pascoe, B. A., Schlesinger, C., Chris, P. & Morton, S., 2019, In : Corella. 43, p. 31-35 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Thesis

    Better solid waste management options for Alice Springs: recycling in remote areas

    Author: O'Leary, R., May 2016

    Supervisor: Gerritsen, R. (Supervisor) & Schlesinger, C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Masters by Research - CDU


    Processes for effective management: learning from agencies and Warlpiri people involved in managing the Northern Tanami Indigenous Protected Area, Australia

    Author: Walker, J., Dec 2010

    Supervisor: Gerritsen, R. (Supervisor), Schlesinger, C. (Supervisor) & Davies, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - CDU