Kiarrah Smith

BSc. Honours in Conservation and Wildlife Biology (Murdoch), B. Zoology (UNE).
PhD Student

Kiarrah is an ecologist dedicated to the conservation and sustainable management of Australia's unique native wildlife and ecosystems. Before embarking on her PhD at the Fenner School of Environment & Society, Kiarrah volunteered on wildlife projects throughout Australia and worked as a fauna ecologist for an ecological consultancy. Her Honours project investigated the ecology of the ash-grey mouse (Pseudomys albocinereus); an endearing species endemic to south-west Western Australia.

Research interests

Thesis title:

Reintroduction Biology of Australian Small Mammals: the Eastern Chestnut Mouse (Pseudomys gracilicaudatus), New Holland Mouse (Pseudomys novaehollandiae) and Yellow-footed Antechinus (Antechinus flavipes)

Thesis description:

Kiarrah’s PhD is part of the Australian Research Council-funded Bringing Back Biodiversity project and the Mulligans Flat - Goorooyarroo Woodland Experiment. The broad questions to be addressed by her project are:

1. What is the best way to re-build depauperate mammal communities with multi-species reintroductions?

2. What effects do multi-species reintroductions have on recipient ecosystems?

Smith, K. J., Fleming, P. A., Kreplins, T. L. and Wilson, B. A., 2018. Population monitoring and habitat utilisation of the ash-grey mouse (Pseudomys albocinereus) in Western Australia, Australian Mammalogy: Available at:

Schmidt-Lebuhn, A. N. and Smith, K. J., 2016. From the desert it came: evolution of the Australian paper daisy genus Leucochrysum (Asteraceae, Gnaphalieae), Australian Systematic Botany, 29(3): 176-184. Available at: