Researcher biography

Matthew heads The Ecological Cascades Lab, he is a Lecturer in the UQ School of Biological Sciences and a Chief Investigator with the UQ Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science. Matthew's work examines wildlife ecology, food-web ecology, plant-animal interactions, and applied conservation science, with focus on tropical forests in Southeast Asia. Key research questions include ecological cascades from fragmentation, agriculture, hunting, invasive species, and climate-mediated changes to forest phenology.

Prior to joining UQ, Matthew worked with the Smithsonian Institute's Forest Global Observatory (ForestGEO, USA) to coordinate surveys of wildlife communities in Sumatra, Borneo, Peninsular Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore. These projects link apex predators to herbivores to trees and have revealed how oil palm expansion has restructured ecological communities and triggered trophic cascades. Matthew obtained his PhD in Environmental Science, Policy and Management from the University of California, Berkeley.