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Dr Adam Cardilini



Lecturer, Environmental Science


Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env


School of Life & Env Sciences


Melbourne Burwood Campus



I am an environmental scientist working on questions related to ecology, conservation and society. In particular, I am most interested in: i) how concern for Animals informs environmental values and practice, ii) the environmental potential of transitioning to plant-based agriculture, and iii) more critical approaches to how the sciences consider Animals. I want to leveraged research to help created a better future for Animals, the environment and humans.

If any of this sounds interesting to you please feel free to reach out and get in touch.

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Career highlights

2019 Deakin Univeristy Award for Teaching Excellence (Team award)

Award for Excellence in Learning - Teaching in the Cloud Campus (Individual award; School of Life and Environmental Sciences, 2019)

Research interests

My predominant research interest is in how our relationship with non-human Animals shapes science, the environment and society. I like to imagine how these things might change if we gave more consideration to the claims of other Animals. Specifically I am interested in: 

  • Perceptions of Animals and their use in science and society.
  • Compassionate conservation.
  • Agricultural transitions to plant-based agriculture.

Teaching interests

  • Environmental Science
  • Science communication
  • Science and society
  • Animals and science
  • Design and development of online active learning

Units taught


  • SLE200 - Communicating Science Ideas
  • SLE209 - Science and society
  • SLE341 - Ecology and Conservation Genetics


  • SLE209 - History and Philosophy of Science
  • STP301 - Industry Based Learning Placement
  • STP010 - Introduction to Work Placements
  • EES200 - Communicating Science
  • SLE103 - Ecology and the Environment
  • STP301 - Industry Based Learning Placement
  • STP381 - STEM Placement
  • STP341 - Career Placement
  • STP010 - Introduction to Work Placements

Media appearances

Host of Freedom of Species (3CR Community Radio)


No publications found

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Building resilience in at-risk rural communities through improving Media Communication on Climate Change Policies

A/Prof Xiao Liu, Dr Hilya Mudrika Arini, Dr Ming Liu, Dr Fitri Trapsilawati, A/Prof Chathu Ranaweera, A/Prof Kevin Lee, A/Prof Hassan Vally, Dr Anna Klas, Dr Adam Cardilini, Dr Yun Mulyani, Dr Arif Nurwidyantoro, Prof Catherine Bennett, Dr Yunita Sari, Dr Justin Lawson, Dr Gabi Mocatta

KONEKSI Australia-Indonesia Research Collaboration Grants

  • 2023: $175,000

Other Public Sector Funding

Connecting Communities to Better Understand and Support Management of MPAS.

Dr Adam Cardilini, A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou, A/Prof Tanya King, A/Prof Kelly Miller, Dr Shaun Bangay

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

  • 2022: $68,200
  • 2021: $172,565
  • 2020: $104,365

Apollo Marine Park habitat mapping, biodiversity assessment, and capacity building in Indigenous marine country management

A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou, Dr Mary Young, Dr Adam Cardilini

DAWE Our Marine Parks Round 3

  • 2023: $50,000
  • 2022: $248,844

Industry and Other Funding

The role of environmental messaging on Australia's attitudes, intentions, and behavious towards cultivated seafood.

Dr Adam Cardilini, Dr Alexa Hayley, Dr Prue Francis

Cellular Agriculture Australia Ltd

  • 2022: $5,000


Associate Supervisor

Davita Coronel

Thesis entitled: Learning to Live with Flying-foxes: an Argument for Feminist and Indigenous Ethics of Care

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences