Kelly graduated from The University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Applied Science majoring in Conservation Management and Wildlife Management. She obtained a First Class Honours in Wildlife Science, writing her thesis on ‘habitat use and the effects of fire and grazing on the Hastings River mouse, brown antechinus, bush rat and swamp rat’, and was awarded a University Medal for outstanding academic achievement.
Kelly spent several years working as a research assistant on wildlife projects in remote areas and in Indigenous communities including Groote Eylandt and the Torres Strait islands prior to commencing her PhD. She worked as a head tutor for five years at UQ, and has volunteered for many wildlife projects in Australia and Asia.
Kelly joined the Fenner School of Environment and Society in March 2015 as a PhD scholar. Her research aims to identify how ecological integrity can be achieved transparently within protected areas that are managed for multiple objectives, with a focus on how monitoring data are used to inform management.
Salmona, J., Dixon, K. M., and Banks, S. C., 2018. The effects of fire history on hollow-bearing tree abundance in montane and subalpine eucalypt forests in southeastern Australia, Forest Ecology and Management, 428, doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2018.06.026
Diete, R. L., Dixon, K. M., and Bardon, P., 2016. Predation of pitfall-trapped rodents by ghost bats (Macroderma gigas), Australian mammalogy, 38, 249-252
Diete, R. L., Meek, P. D., Dixon, K. M., Dickman, C. R., and Leung, L. K.-P., 2016. Best bait for your buck: bait preference for camera trapping north Australian mammals, Australian Journal of Zoology, 63 (6), 376-382
Kelly is involved as a demonstrator and casual lecturer in several Fenner School courses:
ENVS2004/6204 (Weather, climate and fire)
ENVS3008/6308 (Fire in the environment)
ENVS2001/6201 (Biodiversity science)
ENVS3039/6024 (Biodiversity conservation)