Thomas Prowse

Dr Thomas Prowse

Grant-Funded Researcher (B)

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

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


I am a mathematical ecologist with a particular focus on population biology and epidemiology for wildlife populations. Specifically, I use stochastic modelling to address applied ecological questions in the fields of wildlife management, fisheries, conservation biology, invasion ecology and disease ecology. I have also contributed mathematical models to guide the management of native and feral species, including giant cuttlefish, koalas and feral goats.

I am a mathematical ecologist with a particular focus on population biology and epidemiology for wildlife populations. Specifically, I use stochastic modelling to address applied ecological questions in the fields of wildlife management, fisheries, conservation biology, invasion ecology and disease ecology. I have also contributed mathematical models to guide the management of native and feral species, including giant cuttlefish, koalas and feral goats.

Some current projects include:

  • Multi-strain modelling of rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD) dynamics
  • Stochastic modelling to inform the development of new genome-editing technologies for controlling invasive species populations
  • Spatial optimisation of integrated control strategies for native and feral species
  • Molecular surveillance and latent-class analysis for detecting emerging marine pest species
  • Evidence-based adaptive-management models for the Mount Lofty Ranges biodiversity hotspot
  • Modelling the evolutionary impacts of past climate change and human hunting on Australian mammals
  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2021 Principal Supervisor Investigation into the Reproductive Success and Survival Rates of the Southern Bent-wing Bat Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Nicola Bail
    2021 Co-Supervisor Drivers of the live pet trade in Australian reptiles Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Sebastian Chekunov
    2020 Principal Supervisor Optimising fire and herbivore management for biodiversity conservation in temperate woodlands Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Johanna Grace Kuhne
    2019 Principal Supervisor Monitoring methods, ecology and activity of the cave roosting Southern Bent-wing Bat. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Amanda Bush
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2016 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Disease ecology of low pathogenic avian influenza in the Australian environment Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Antonia Eleanor Dalziel
    2015 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Integrated analysis of the movement and ecology of wild dingoes in the arid zone Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jack Tatler
    2013 - 2021 Principal Supervisor Setting up camp in Adelaide: Ecological Insights into the Range Expanding Grey-Headed Flying Fox (Pteropus poliocephalus) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time APrf Wayne Boardman
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Population ecology of the critically endangered southern bent-wing bat Lat Trobe University Biological Sciences Doctorate Full Time Emmi van Harten
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2015 - ongoing Associate Editor Wildlife Research CSIRO Publishing Australia
    2013 - ongoing Associate Editor Management of Biological Invasions REABIC Australia
  • Position: Grant-Funded Researcher (B)
  • Phone: 83136070
  • Email: thomas.prowse@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 83133696
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Benham, floor 1
  • Org Unit: School of Biological Sciences

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