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Dr. Flavia Santamaria

B.Biol.(Hons), Grad.Dip.Edu., PhD (Science)
School of Access Education
Rockhampton North
Building 32 - G 36
About Me

Dr Flavia Santamaria is a Lecturer in the School of Access Education (SAE) at CQUniversity (Rockhampton Campus) and is also a Researcher working on koala projects with the Flora, Fauna and Freshwater Research Group and the Koala Research-CQ at the School of Health, Medical & Applied Sciences.

Flavia is passionate about education in all of its facets and enjoys teaching adult students because of their enthusiasm and commitment to their own future.
Flavia's PhD, carried out in Victoria at the former University of Ballarat (now Federation University), studied the impact of translocation on the health, tree species selection and movement of radio-tracked koalas relocated from French Island to forests around Ballarat.

Both in Victoria and Queensland, she has worked on projects that included GIS mapping and surveys of koala habitat and koala surveys.

Flavia's current and future research focus on:

  • the impact of anthropogenic environmental changes on koala populations, including the potential pressure caused by environmental stressors on the health of koalas
  • detection and prevention of disease in koalas
  • using the koala as a flagship species in educating communities for sustainability

Completed projects

  • 2021: Determination of the over time decay of cortisol metabolites in the faecal pellets of koalas in Central Queensland
  • 2020: Quantifying koala faecal cortisol metabolite baseline using enzyme immunoassay and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry
  • 2018: Determination of faecal cortisol metabolites and excretion lag time in koalas: paving the way for a targeted, non-invasive stress monitoring tool
  • 2017: R1-Koala Research CSAR17023- Koala habitat health - remote sensing based, landscape-scale habitat management toolkit, initial climate change scenario assessment & local habitat health checks

Other interests

Protection of the environment by engaging with various community groups.

Universities Studied At

PhD, University of Ballarat

Graduate Diplama of Education, Victoria University

Biological Sciences (Masters), Universita' degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza, Dipartimento di Biologia, Roma, Italy

Universities Worked At

University of Melbourne (Creswick Campus): Lecturer (sessional) in Forest Ecology.


Dean's Award for Outstanding Researchers 2021-CQUniversity

Previous teaching

Professional Memberships

International Society of Wildlife Endocrinology

Australasian Wildlife Management Society

Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales

Consultancy Work

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 0502 Environmental Science and Management
  • 3109 Zoology
  • 4102 Ecological Applications

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
Research Interests
Biological Sciences

Physiology - Animal Physiology - Systems


Education Systems - Continuing and Community Education

Environmental Sciences

Ecological Applications - Ecological Impacts of Climate Change

Environmental Sciences

Environmental Science and Management - Environmental Monitoring

Environmental Sciences

Environmental Science and Management - Wildlife and Habitat Management

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