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Danielle Shanahan

Danielle Shanahan

Danielle is a postdoctoral research fellow. She is currently exploring how the extinction of experience influences both physical and mental human wellbeing in urban landscapes, and is particularly interested in identifying ways that urban nature can be enhanced to deliver benefits for people and biodiversity.

Email: d.shanahan@uq.edu.au
Location: Rm 519, Goddard Building 8




Brief Biography

The Fuller Lab has a number of exciting new papers emerging from this project, primarily based on a large life-style survey distributed throughout the fast-growing city of Brisbane, Australia. We have recently discovered that a person’s connection with nature is critically important in determining whether they actually venture out and experience natural places – this orientation towards nature is much more important, in fact, than the availability of nature itself (Lin et al. 2014).

Danielle completed her PhD in 2010 and her project focused on developing general rules and testing a priori predictions about how landscape change impacts bird populations.

Danielle previously worked on strategic policy for biodiversity with the Queensland Government, and therefore is keen to improve the connection between science and policy development. She currently coordinates the science for decision making seminar series at Queensland Government, so if you are interested in giving a talk please send an email.


Lin, B.B., Fuller, R.A., Bush, R., Gaston, K.J. & Shanahan, D.F. 2014. Opportunity or Orientation? Who uses urban parks and why. PLoS ONE, 9, e87422.

Shanahan, D.F., Lin, B.B., Gaston, K.J., Bush, R. & Fuller, R.A. 2014. Socio-economic inequalities in access to nature on public and private lands: A case study from Brisbane, Australia. Landscape and Urban Planning, 130, 14-23.

Shanahan, D.F., Strohbach, M.W., Warren, P.S. & Fuller, R.A. 2014. The challenges of urban living. Pp. 3-20 in: D. Gil & H. Brumm (eds) Avian Urban Ecology, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.

Shanahan, D.F., Possingham, H.P. & Martin, T. 2011. Foraging height and landscape context predict the relative abundance of bird species in urban vegetation patches. Austral Ecology, 36(8): 944-953.

Riginos, C., Douglas, K. E., Jin, Y., Shanahan, D.F., & Treml, E.A. 2011. Effects of geography and life history traits on genetic differentiation in benthic marine fishes. Ecography, 34(4): 566-575.

Shanahan, D.F., Miller, C., Possingham, H.P. & Fuller, R. 2011. The influence of patch area and connectivity on avian communities in urban revegetation. Biological Conservation, 144:722-729.

Shanahan, D.F., Possingham, H.P. & Riginos, C. 2011. Models based on individual level movement predict spatial patterns of genetic relatedness for two Australian forest birds. Landscape Ecology, 26: 137-148.

Shanahan, D.F. & Possingham, H.P. 2008. Predicting avian patch occupancy in a fragmented landscape: do we know more than we think? Journal of Applied Ecology, 46(5): 1026-1035.

Read, M.A., Grigg, G.C., Irwin, S.R., Shanahan, D.F., Franklin, C.E. 2007. Satellite Tracking Reveals Long Distance Coastal Travel and Homing by Translocated Estuarine Crocodiles, Crocodylus porosus. PLoS ONE, 2(9):e949.

Shanahan, D.F., Mathieu, R., Seddon, P.J. 2007. Fine-scale movement of the European hedgehog: an application of spool-and-thread tracking. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 31(2): 160-168.