Christine Schlesinger

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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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Cenchrus ciliaris Agriculture & Biology
grass Earth & Environmental Sciences
lizard Earth & Environmental Sciences
lizards Agriculture & Biology
shrubland Earth & Environmental Sciences
shrublands Agriculture & Biology
Acacia Agriculture & Biology
Scincidae Agriculture & Biology

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Research Output 1994 2019

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/debateResearch

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 journalArticleResearchpeer-review

site fidelity
mark-recapture studies

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 journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Eucalyptus camaldulensis

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 journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Invasive grass affects seed viability of native perennial shrubs in arid woodlands

Edwards, K. M., Schlesinger, C., Ooi, M. K. J., French, K. & Gooden, B., 1 May 2019, In : Biological Invasions. 21, 5, p. 1763-1774 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

grass seed
Cenchrus ciliaris