As a born and bred Canberran, and living in both Canberra and nearby Queanbeyan, Juliana's interests have led her to pursue work and study in fire ecology, resource and environmental management, and agriculture. Before undertaking and completing her studies at the ANU, Juliana's interests included working as a woolclasser and shed-hand in NSW and Qld, as a field-hand in the Bureau of Mineral Resources working on stromatolites, and picking avocadoes on a kibbutz in northern Israel. This was followed by working in the Australian Government Department of Agriculture (and former guises) on issues ranging from animal welfare, meat and livestock commodities, and vegetation policy.
Juliana's post-graduate research was conducted in the northern Eyre Peninsula in South Australia and included vegetation surveys, trapping reptiles, small mammals and invertebrates, and experimental burns. Juliana is co-author of the paper titled 'How fire interacts with habitat loss and fragmentation' (Biological Reviews 2021). Exploratory work on this systematic review was undertaken during her doctorate. A paper on reptiles and fire has also been published (Landscape Ecology 2022).
Following her research Juliana worked on contract for the Australian Government Department of Environment (in the terrestrial threatened species area after having spent almost a year in the science partnerships area as a liaison officer for threatened species recovery issues in the National Environmental Science Program). Juliana worked on finalising a key threatening process 'Fire regimes that cause declines in biodiversity' listing assessment including reporting to, and working closely with, the Australian Government's Threatened Species Scientific Committee. Recently, Juliana worked as a senior researcher in the Australian Parliamentary Library's Research Branch and for the Australian Electoral Commission on the 2023 referendum.
Juliana is a member of the Ecological Society of Australia and is president of the Australian Forest History Society.
- Lazzari, J, Sato, C & Driscoll, D 2022, 'Traits influence reptile responses to fire in a fragmented agricultural landscape', Landscape Ecology, vol. 37, no. 9, pp. 2363-2382. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10980-022-01417-9
- Driscoll, D, Armenteras, D, Bennett, A et al. 2021, 'How fire interacts with habitat loss and fragmentation', Biological Reviews, vol. 96, no. 3, pp. 976-998. https://doi.org/10.1111/brv.12687
- Lazzari, J, Yoon, H, Keith, D et al., 2015, 'Local environmental covariates are important for predicting fire history from tree stem diameters', International Journal of Wildland Fire, vol. 24, no. 6, pp. 871-882.
- Driscoll, D, Whitehead, C & Lazzari, J 2012, 'Spatial dynamics of the knob-tailed gecko Nephrurus stellatus in a fragmented agricultural landscape', Landscape Ecology, vol. 27, no. 6, pp. 829-841.