Lin Schwarzkopf
James Cook University

Professor Lin Schwarzkopf

Professor of vertebrate ecology, James Cook University

See Professor Schwarzkopf’s full research profile here.

Research outputs linked to policy change and decision-making

  • Approach to assist decision-making in management: Wambiana biodiversity project (principal investigator). Impact: teaching graziers that better land management could enhance biodiversity and improve profit. How the impact was achieved: field days, workshops, talks, multiple publications.
  • tool for management: trap for adult cane toads (principal investigator). Impact: removing cane toads from the environment as part of integrated management. How the impact was achieved: multiple projects, many years of funding, interaction with an industry partner.
  • tool for management: developed a humane toxin for cane toads (co-principal investigator). Impact: euthanasing cane toads removed from the environment by any means. How the impact was achieved: interaction and funding obtained with an industry partner.

Current academic employment and positions

  • 2012–present: professor of vertebrate ecology, James Cook University.

Highest qualification

  • 1991: PhD, University of Sydney

Major prizes, medals and honours

  • 2019: Excellence in Research Award
  • 2007: Dean’s Research Excellence Award.

Roles on government or regional organisation committees

  • 2008: member of the research advisory group to the North Queensland Dry Tropics Natural Resource Management board
  • 2013 –2015: member of the Queensland Government biodiversity steering committee
  • 2014: contributed to the chytrid fungus threat abatement plan
  • 2016: contributed to the cane toad threat abatement plan and 2020 update
  • 2018–2020: James Cook University representative on regional pest management board.

My Projects

Current projectCompleted project
NESP RLH, 2021-2027NESP, 2015-2021NERP, 2012-2015TRaCK, 2005-present