Stefan Caddy-Retalic

Dr Stefan Caddy-Retalic

Adjunct Lecturer

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences


I am based at the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium of South Australia and focus on developing the use of living and preserved plant collections to enhance biodiversity conservation and enable new science. My own research combines biomolecular techniques (stable isotopes, DNA metabarcoding) with traditional ecological survey methods (vegetation metrics, invertebrate trapping) to integrate species change from a population to biome level. My field sites span a strong climate gradient from the south coast of South Australia through the Mt Lofty Ranges, Flinders Ranges, Gammon Ranges and Stony Plains to investigate changes within species, communities and biomes to better understand the interrelationships and drivers of this change.

My role at the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium also includes managing the education and interpretation programs, including the Australian Centre for Horticultural Excellence.

Prior to embarking on my PhD, I worked in environmental policy for the Commonwealth government and managed science projects for the University of Adelaide and Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN). My primary interest is in conducting research to address real world problems and bridging the gap between ecological theory and the current needs of land managers.

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  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2014 - 2017 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    2007 - 2008 Flinders University Australia Honours (1st Class)
    2003 - 2006 Flinders University Australia Bachelor of Innovation & Enterprise
    2003 - 2006 Flinders University Australia Bachelor of Science

Caddy-Retalic, S. & McInerney, F.A. TERN Australian Transect Network (2016) $25K

Caddy-Retalic, S. AW Howard Memorial Trust (2016) $3.5K

Caddy-Retalic, S. & McInerney, F. A. TERN eMast (2015) $4.7K

Caddy-Retalic, S. & McInerney F. A. State Herbarium of South Australia (2015) $1K

Caddy-Retalic, S. Ludwig Leichardt Postgraduate Sciences Fellowship (2014) 3 year stipend

Caddy-Retalic, S. Australian Postgraduate Award (Australian Research Council) (2014) 3 year stipend

Clancy, T., Phinn, S., Lowe, A., Saunders, M., Thurgate, N., Walker, C., Sparrow, B. & Caddy-Retalic, S. (2013) Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (NCRIS, Department of Education) $1.6M

Caddy-Retalic, S. & Benkendorff, K. Flinders University Equipment Grant (2008) $5K

Caddy-Retalic, S. Playford Memorial Trust Honours Scholarship (Marine Biology) (2008) $1K

  • Position: Adjunct Lecturer
  • Phone: 83131257
  • Email: stefan.caddy-retalic@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: The Braggs, floor 2
  • Org Unit: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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