Sarah Fischer

Ph.D. Candidate

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Sarah Fischer received an Associate Diploma of Applied Science from the Northern Territory University (NTU) in 1995, and then went on to do a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Biological Sciences.

Whilst working at the NTU Library, she undertook her Honours degree studying the predation of birds nests in the monsoonal tropics. This research, supervised by Dr Richard Noske, involved placing artificial nests in a variety of environments (woodland, mangal & riparian) and monitoring predation using quails eggs and artificial eggs. She then took a break from studing, and worked as an analytical chemist operating a Flow Injection Analysis System (FIAS) - analysing water samples from industrial operations in a laboratory in the TDZ. Upon returning to study at Charles Darwin University (CDU), and working at the CDU Library, she completed her Masters of Science by Research under the supervision of Prof Diane Pearson, Dr Richard Noske, and Prof John Woinarski. Her research project involved a combination of fieldwork, analysis of previously gathered breeding data, and interpretation and analysis of spatial and spectral imagery, which resulted in her thesis entitled ‘The effect of fire on the breeding ecology of the Grey-crowned Babbler (Pomatostomus temporalis) in the Australian monsoon tropics’. During her Masters degree, she presented her work at the 14th Australasian Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry Conference (ARSPC14) at the Darwin Convention Centre (2008), and at the 10th International Congress of Ecology (INTECOL) conference at the Brisbane Convention Centre (2009).

She is now working on her Ph.D. project, which is focused on the endangered Gouldian finch population in the NT.



Charles Darwin University                                         Ellengowan Dr,  Building Yellow 2.2.17        Casuarina NT 0810 Australia



  1. Noske, R.A., Fischer, S.E., Brook, B.W. 2008. Artificial nest predation rates vary among habitats in the Australian monsoon tropics. Ecological Research 23: 519-527.