Dr Mariana Campbell

Research Fellow & Lab Manager



Mariana Campbell is originally from Brazil, where she completed a Bachelor of Science, followed by a Research Masters. She was awarded an Australian International Post-graduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) in 2009 to undertake a Ph.D. at The University of Queensland, studying the Ecology and Conservation of the Mary River turtle (Elusor macrurus). She currently works at Charles Darwin University as a Post-doc Reserach Fellow, managing the research associated with two Commonwealth Funded Grants. In this role she engages in laboratory and field work around animal movement, but also manages the administration of the MLE-Lab. 

Mariana has worked in animal research and teaching in five different Universities throughout her career, and has over 15 years of experience in animal husbandry. Most of this experience is with reptiles and fish, but she has also worked with amphibians, mammals, and birds. Mariana's primary interest is in the use of animal movement data combined with other ecological and behavioural variables to aid conservation and management. 


Contact Mariana:


Ph.: +61 8 8946 6666

Charles Darwin University                         Ellengowan Drive, Building Yellow 2.1.10         Casuarina NT 0810 Australia



  1. Campbell, H.A., Micheli-Campbell, M.A., Udyawer, V. (2018). Early career researchers embrace data sharing. Trends in Ecology & Evolution In Press.

  2. Micheli-Campbell, M.A., Connell, M.J., Dwyer, R.G., Franklin, C.E., Fry, B., Kennard, M.J., Tao, J., Campbell, H.A. (2017). Identifying critical habitat for freshwater turtles: integrating long-term monitoring tools to enhance conservation and management. Biodiversity and Conservation 26(7): 1675-1688.

  3. Bovo, R.P., Fuga, A., Micheli-Campbell, M.A., Carvalho, J.E., Andrade, D.V. (2015). Blood oxygen affinity increases during digestion in the South American rattlesnake, Crotalus durissus terrificus. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology 186:75-82

  4. Micheli-Campbell, M.A., Campbell, H.A., Connell, M., Dwyer, R.G., Franklin, C.E. (2013). Integrating telemetry with a predictive model to assess habitat preferences and juvenile survival in an endangered freshwater turtle. Freshwater Biology 58(11): 2253-2263.

  5. Micheli-Campbell, M.A., Baumgartl, T., Campbell, H.A., Connell, M., Booth, D.T., Franklin, C.E. (2013). Selectivity and repeated use of nesting sites in a freshwater turtle. Herpetologica 69(4): 383-396.

  6. Micheli-Campbell, M.A., Gordos, M.A., Campbell, H.A., Booth, D., Franklin, C.E. Z2012). The influence of daily temperature fluctuations during incubation upon the phenotype of a freshwater turtle. Journal of Zoology 288(2): 143-150.

  7. Micheli-Campbell, M.A., Campbell, H.A., Cramp, R.L., Znklin, C.E. (2011). Staying cool, keeping strong: Incubation temperature affects performance in a freshwater turtle. Journal of Zoology 285(4): 266-273.

  8. Micheli-Campbell, M.A., Campbell, H.A., Kalinin, A.L., Rantin, F.T. (2009). The relationship between O2 chemoreceptors, cardio-respiratory reflex and hypoxia tolerance in the neotropical fish Hoplias lacerdae. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A 154(2): 224-232.

  9. Micheli, M.A., Campbell, H.A. (2008). Autonomic control of heart rate exhibits diurnal shifts in a crocodilian. Amphibia-Reptilia 29(4): 567-571.

  10. Campbell, H.A., Micheli, M.A., Abe, A.S. (2008). Seasonal change in the distribution and physical condition of Caiman crocodilus yacare in the Paraguayan River Basin. Wildlife Research 35: 150-157.

  11. McKenzie, D.J., Campbell, H.A., Taylor, E.W., Micheli, M.A., Rantin, F.T., Abe, A.S. (2007). The autonomic control and functional significance of the changes in heart rate associated with air breathing in the jeju, Hoplerythrinus unitaeniatus. Journal of Experimental Biology 210: 4224-4232.