Damien Fordham

Dr Damien Fordham

Associate Prof/Reader

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


I am an Associate Professor in Global Change Ecology working at the University of Adelaide's Environment Institute and Department for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. My research interests are diverse, and include macroecology, global change biology, biogeography, climate science, quantitative ecology and conservation biology. I lead the Biodiversity and Climate theme at the Environment Institute and I am an Associate Dean International in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology Faculty.

As trans-disciplinary scientist, my research brings a range of critical skills to the topic of global environmental change on natural systems: an area characterised by complexity and some irreducible uncertainty. My research blends theoretical and empirical approaches. It uses the latest developments in global ecology, climatology, paleoecology and paleogenomics to improve the way in which ecological-model forecasts are generated, interpreted, and used to protect natural systems for long-term resource sustainability.

By unveiling the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms that have shaped past and current-day patterns of biodiversity, my research is providing a realworld foundation for better anticipating what the future may bring under accelerated rates of climate change.

More information on my research interests can be found at http://www.fordhamlab.com/

Ongoing grants

Lorenzen E, Fordham DA + 2 Authors Unravelling the resilience of Arctic marine mammals to future climate change using paleo-archives Villum Foundation $820 000 AUD (2021-2024)

Fordham DA, Austin J, Nogues-Bravo D, Rahbek, C, Lomolino M  Reconstructing mechanisms of range contraction to avert species extinctions. ARC DP $496 000 AUD (2017-)

Past Grants

Fordham DA,  Integrating models with molecular 'logbooks' to better forecast extinction risk from climate change ARC FT 2014 $702,000 (2014-).

Fordham DA, Cassey P, Brook BW, Mutze G. An integrated tool for informing pest management: Modelling range shifts for an invasive vertebrate in response to climate change ARC LP 2012 R2 $750 000 AUD (2012-).

Fordham DA Mitigating future biodiversity loss through better use of long term ecological proxies. Environment Institute, University of Adelaide 2018 $25,620 AUD (2018)

Gillanders BM, Donnellan SC, Fordham DA, Prowse T, Rowling K, Steer M. Giant Australian cuttlefish in South Australian waters. Fisheries Research and Development Corporation $367,000 (2014-2015)

Lacy R, Akçakaya HR, Brook B, Grajal A, Miller P, Fordham DA + 16 other authors. Using metamodels to enable transdisciplinary research for the study of dynamic biological systems under global change NSF RCN $500 000 USD (2012 – 2016).

Fisher D, Ritchie E, Webb J, Ward S, Oakwood M, Radford I, Tuft K, Burnett S, Heiniger J, Annette C, Williams D, Fordham D., Pollock K, Barker R, Morris K Understanding current mechanisms of extinction using population models for the northern quoll, Dasyurus hallucatus across tropical Australia $30 000 AUD (2013 – 2014).

Fordham and Brook. Range dynamics and demographics of spatially structured populations under global change. Australian Research Council Discovery Project $390 000 AUD (2010 -2013)

Brook, Fordham, Araújo and Foulkes. Planning for a transformed future: Modelling synergistic climate change and land use impacts on biodiversity. Australian Research Council Linkage Project $636 000 AUD (2009-2012)

International PhD Course: Modelling species distributions under climate change (University of Copenhagen)

ENV BIOL 2503 - Zoology II (https://www.adelaide.edu.au/course-outlines/104303/1/sem-1/)

ENV BIOL 3121 - Concepts in Ecology III (https://www.adelaide.edu.au/course-outlines/103104/1/sem-1/)

ENV BIOL 1002 - Ecological Issues I (https://www.adelaide.edu.au/course-outlines/008954/1/sem-2/)

ENV BIOL 3580 -  Conservation Biology III  (https://www.adelaide.edu.au/course-outlines/109065/1/sem-2/2020/)

  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2022 Co-Supervisor Trait-based Responses of Coral Reef Fish Communities to Global Warming and Habitat Loss Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Anthony Charles Markey
    2022 Principal Supervisor Establishing the Past Range Dynamics of Australia's Digging Mammals Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Stuart John O'Neill
    2021 Principal Supervisor The Resilience of Arctic Marine Mammals to Future Climate Change Using Fossil Archives Doctor of Philosophy under a Jointly-awarded Degree Agreement with Doctorate Full Time Mr Nicholas Freymueller
    2019 Principal Supervisor Mechanistic models of megafaunal extinctions in North America Doctor of Philosophy under a Jointly-awarded Degree Agreement with Doctorate Full Time Ms Julia Aaron Pilowsky
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 - 2022 Principal Supervisor Guiding biodiversity conservation by integrating ecological models, genes, and fossils Doctor of Philosophy under a Jointly-awarded Degree Agreement with Doctorate Full Time Miss Elisabetta Canteri
    2015 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Response of Temperate Marine Food Webs to Climate Change and Ocean Acidification: Bridging the Gap between Experimental Manipulation and Complex Foodwebs Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Md. Hadayet Ullah
    2013 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Quantifying Biodiversity Patterns and Extinction Risk in Seasonal Wetland Plant Communities Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Dr David Charles Deane
    2010 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Population Genetics and Phylogeography of Antilopine Wallaroo Using Degraded DNA from Scats and Museum Specimens Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Jessica Jayne Wadley
    2008 - 2012 Co-Supervisor Predicting and Measuring the Impacts of Climate Change and Habitat Loss on Southeast Asian and Australian Birds Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr John Harris
  • Position: Associate Prof/Reader
  • Phone: 83136711
  • Email: damien.fordham@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 83134347
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Benham, floor G
  • Org Unit: School of Biological Sciences

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