Dr Ruchira Somaweera, Postdoctoral Fellow – Science
See Ruchira’s full research profile here.
What are your research interests as they relate to northern Australia?
I am establishing the threats from global change and invasive species for the top predator in northern Australian freshwaters (freshwater crocodiles) to develop novel ways of understanding population ecology dynamics and to provide solutions for improving the protection and management of biodiversity into the future.
What do you love about working in northern Australia?
I have been always a sucker for tropics and tropical reptiles (especially crocodiles and sea snakes), thus my choice to work in northern Australia. It is a global biodiversity hotspot with enormous potential to explore, discover and learn. The remoteness, the completely untouched wilderness and breathtaking views, and the starry ceiling also have an innate ability to make you forget about the hustle and bustle of the life back in civilisation. The Kimberley and Darwin would have to fight each other to be my favourite. The untouched landscape and the unique wildlife are just the beginning as to why.