Matthew McKinney


PhD Student

MSc Wildlife and Fisheries Science
Mississippi State University 2013

Bachelor of Forest Resources
The University of Georgia 2006

Advisors: A/Prof Salit Kark, co supervisor A/Prof Jonathan Rhodes

Project Description:

I was born and raised in north-western Georgia (USA) where my parents taught me how to turn over rocks to find and scorpions and salamanders, to fish and hunt, to garden, and to pick berries. I received my bachelor’s degree in forest resources from the University of Georgia in 2006, and my master’s degree in wildlife and fisheries science from Mississippi State University in 2013. In-between, I worked as a public lands biologist / land manager for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, conserving and managing endangered ecosystems, endangered species, game species, and everything in-between. I came to Brisbane in 2013 to live with my wife and (now) son, and I began working for Salit later that year. My strengths are GIS, the R Statistical Environment, and technical management / research skills (fire, farm equipment, surveys). My PhD will focus on modelling invasive bird species interactions, and using that information to build multi-species dynamic occupancy models to inform prioritization of actions. I love bluegrass music and I play Dobro guitar in my spare time.

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