Stefanie Oberprieler, Research Associate
See Stefanie’s full research profile here.
What are your research interests as they relate to northern Australia?
My research interest is in invertebrate biology and ecology. Invertebrates are known to have high levels of diversity and endemism in Northern Australia, yet they continue to be poorly sampled and studied. My current research focuses on invertebrate diversity at Ranger Uranium Mine as part of a faunal rehabilitation objective associated with closure of the mine site.
What do you love about working in northern Australia?
Northern Australia is one the least studied regions of this country, yet it has so much potential for world-first research across many disciplines. This region is the epitome of the ‘Aussie outback’ and its diversity of landscapes, dynamic ecosystems and harsh climatic conditions create a challenging environment for field research. I enjoy being able to present studies from such an unparalleled and under-studied region to the scientific community on a local and global scale. Kakadu National Park is my favourite location for research because of its high diversity of fauna and flora, breathtaking landscapes and sunsets, and the unique culture of its local people. I feel it is a privilege to have such a wonderous natural heritage site at our doorstep.