What do I write about? Nature in your backyard, threatened species in cities and towns, my research into the impacts of roads on wildlife, as well as thoughts on life as an early-career researcher.

Who am I? I’m a wildlife ecologist/conservation biologist – that means I use research to understand interactions between people and nature to try and get good outcomes for both. I particularly like finding ways to strike a balance between agricultural/urban developments and nature conservation. My main areas of expertise are in urban and road ecology, conservation genetics and ecological connectivity. So far I’ve focused the conservation of threatened mammals within the human-dominated landscapes of southeast Australia, using field studies and genetic approaches to address ecological questions. I recently completed my PhD research evaluating the effectiveness of road-crossing structures for arboreal mammals (the rope bridges on the Hume – perhaps you’ve driven under them?)

Where do I work? I’m a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Melbourne within the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub and the Threatened Species Recovery Hub (part of the National Environmental Science Programme).

*This site combines my old research page (Kylie Soanes’s Research) and my newer site (Urban Safari Guide).

I’m always on the look out for new projects and collaborations so don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at ksoanes@unimelb.edu.au.


Rytwinski T, Soanes K, van der Grift E, Findlay CS, Jaeger JAG, Fahrig L, Houlahan J and van der Ree R (in press) How effective is road mitigation at reducing road-kill? A meta-analysis. [Full text]

Fraser H, Soanes K, Jones S, Jones C and Malishev M (in press) The value of virtual conferences in ecology and conservation. Conservation Biology. [Full text]

Soanes K, Mitchell B and van der Ree R (in press) Quantifying predation attempts on arboreal marsupials using wildlife crossing structures above a major road. Australian Mammalogy [pdf]

Soanes K (2016) Managing mammals in Victoria’s roadsides. Victorian Naturalist. [pdf]

Taylor HR* and Soanes K* (2016) Breaking out of the echo chamber: missed opportunities for the dissemination of conservation genetic research. Biodiversity and Conservation. *Both authors contributed equally. [Publisher] [pdf]

Soanes K, Carmody Lobo M and van der Ree R (2016) Radio-collared squirrel glider (Petaurus norfolcensis) struck by a vehicle and transported 500 km along freeway. Australian Mammalogy [Publisher] [pdf] [Blog post]

Soanes K, Vesk PA and van der Ree R (2015) Monitoring the use of wildlife crossing structures by arboreal mammals: insights gained from motion-triggered cameras and PIT-tag readers. Wildlife Research 42, 241–256. [Publisher] [pdf] [blog post]

Rytwinski T, van der Ree R, Cunnington GM, Fahrig L, Findlay CS, Houlahan J, Jaeger JAG, Soanes K, van der Grift EA (2015) Experimental study designs to improve the evaluation of road mitigation measures for wildlife. Journal of Environmental Management 154, 48­–64. [Publisher] [pdf]

Soanes K, Banks SC, van der Ree R (2014) Development of nine polymorphic microsatellite loci in the squirrel glider (Petaurus norfolcensis). Conservation Genetics Resources, 1–2. [Publisher] [pdf]

Soanes K, Lobo MC, Vesk PA, Moore J, McCarthy MA and van der Ree R (2013) Movement re-established but not restored: Inferring the effectiveness of road-crossing mitigation for a gliding mammal by monitoring use. Biological Conservation 159, 434–441. [Publisher] [pdf]

McCall S, McCarthy MA, van der Ree R, Harper MJ, Cesarini S and Soanes K (2010) Evidence that a highway reduces apparent survival rates of Squirrel Gliders. Ecology and Society 15, 27 [full article online]

Book chapters and conference proceedings

Soanes K and van der Ree R (2015) Reducing road impacts on tree-dwelling mammals. In Handbook of Road Ecology. Eds R van der Ree, DJ Smith, C Grilo., Wiley Blackwell, London. [pdf]

Soanes K and van der Ree R (2009) Highway impacts on arboreal mammals and the use and effectiveness of novel mitigation techniques. In: Proceedings of the 2009 International Conference on Ecology and Transportation. Edited by Paul J. Wagner, Debra Nelson, and Eugene Murray. Raleigh, North Carolina State University.

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