Dr Kate Umbers
Dr Kate UmbersLecturer in Zoology
Western Sydney University
Dr Kate Umbers is a champion of the Australian Alps.
Her research showcases the charismatic fauna of our high-country both in conservation projects and by discovering and communicating the inspiring natural history stories of the animals that live there.
By exploring Australia's highest peaks, Dr Umbers continues to make new discoveries about our threatened alpine animals, including insects with bizarre antipredator strategies; grasshoppers that change colour with temperature; methods to protect endangered corroboree frogs from native predators; and genetically-distinct populations in need of conservation attention.
Her pioneering, fundamental research is critical to making informed decisions about how to manage our threatened alpine ecosystem into the future.
Dr Umbers gained her PhD from Macquarie University in 2011 under the supervision of Prof Marie Herberstein. Her thesis was short-listed for the UK Royal Society's 'Alfred Russel Wallace Best Thesis in Entomology' award.
In 2012 Dr Umbers held a postdoctoral position at the Australian National University and in 2013, she was awarded a Vice Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship at University of Wollongong.
In 2014, Dr Umbers was appointed as Lecturer in Zoology in the School of Science and Health and Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment at Western Sydney University .
Dr Umbers has served on the boards of the Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour and the Australian Society for Herpetologists.