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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)


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"Horrendous": People's Experience of their Dog's Death from 1080 Baiting

Melissa Zeven, Adam Cardilini, Alexa Hayley, William Borrie

(2023), pp. 1-18, Anthrozoos: a multidisciplinary journal of the interactions of people and animals, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Wildlife Emergency Response Services Data Provide Insights into Human and Non-Human Threats to Wildlife and the Response to Those Threats

E Camprasse, M Klapperstueck, A Cardilini

(2023), Vol. 15, pp. 1-22, Diversity, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Listen to Us: Perceptions of Animal Voice and Agency

Anja Thomsen, Anja Thomsen, Bill Borrie, Bill Borrie, Kelly Miller, Kelly Miller, Adam Cardilini, Adam Cardilini

(2023), Vol. 13, pp. 1-26, Animals, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

A critical review of the compassionate conservation debate

S Coghlan, A Cardilini

(2022), Vol. 36, pp. 1-15, Conservation Biology, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Dark heterochromia in adult masked lapwings is universal, asymmetrical and possibly slightly sexually dimorphic

A Cardilini, D Lees, D Roche, P Dann, M Weston

(2022), Vol. 163, pp. 531-537, Journal of Ornithology, C1

journal article

Genetics and Plasticity Are Responsible for Ecogeographical Patterns in a Recent Invasion

K Stuart, W Sherwin, A Cardilini, L Rollins

(2022), Vol. 13, Frontiers in Genetics, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Who engaged in the team-based assessment? Leveraging EdTech for a self and intra-team peer-assessment solution to free-riding

T Gunning, X Conlan, P Collins, A Bellgrove, K Antlej, A Cardilini, C Fraser

(2022), Vol. 19, International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education, C1

journal article

Action-research approach: Building capacity and enhancing work-integrated learning curricula

Karen Young, Karen Hermon, Adam Cardilini, Clare Binek


journal article

Opportunities with Slippy Maps for Terrain Visualization in Virtual and Augmented Reality

Shaun Bangay, Adam Cardilini, Nyree Raabe, Kelly Miller, Jordan Vincent, Greg Bowtell, Daniel Ierodiaconou, Tanya King

(2022), Vol. 1, pp. 139-146, GRAPP 2022 : Proceedings of the 17th International Joint Conference on Computer Vision, Imaging and Computer Graphics Theory and Applications, [Virtual Event], E1


Supervising the PhD: identifying common mismatches in expectations between candidate and supervisor to improve research training outcomes

A Cardilini, A Risely, M Richardson

(2021), pp. 1-15, Higher education research and development, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Signatures of selection in a recent invasion reveal adaptive divergence in a highly vagile invasive species

K Stuart, A Cardilini, P Cassey, M Richardson, W Sherwin, L Rollins, C Sherman

(2021), Vol. 30, pp. 1419-1434, Molecular Ecology, England, C1

journal article

Test set verification is an essential step in model building

T Quinn, V Le, A Cardilini

(2021), Vol. 12, pp. 127-129, Methods in Ecology and Evolution, C1

journal article

Adult capture on the nest does not affect hatching success of masked lapwing (Vanellus miles) eggs on a fox-free island

D Lees, A Cardilini, C Sherman, P Dann, M Weston

(2021), Vol. 48, pp. 361-365, Wildlife Research, C1

journal article

Foundational-WIL for employability awareness: A faculty- wide approach

Karen Young, Adam Cardilini, Karen Hermon


journal article

Recognizing animal personhood in compassionate conservation

A Wallach, C Batavia, M Bekoff, S Alexander, L Baker, D Ben-Ami, L Boronyak, A Cardilin, Y Carmel, D Celermajer, S Coghlan, Y Dahdal, J Gomez, G Kaplan, O Keynan, A Khalilieh, H Kopnina, W Lynn, Y Narayanan, S Riley, F Santiago-Ávila, E Yanco, M Zemanova, D Ramp

(2020), Vol. 34, pp. 1097-1106, Conservation Biology, United States, C1

journal article

Senescence of song revealed by a long-term study of the Seychelles warbler (Acrocephalus sechellensis)

M Berg, S Beebe, J Komdeur, A Cardilini, R Ribot, A Bennett, K Buchanan

(2020), Vol. 10, Scientific Reports, England, C1

journal article

Higher rates of non-breeding territory occupancy of urban compared with rural Masked Lapwings Vanellus miles on Phillip Island, Victoria

A Cardilini, D Lees, P Dann, M Weston

(2019), Vol. 136, pp. 96-100, Victorian naturalist, Blackburn, Vic., C1

journal article

Simulated Disperser Analysis: Determining the number of loci required to genetically identify dispersers

A Cardilini, C Sherman, W Sherwin, L Rollins

(2018), Vol. 2018, PeerJ, United States, C1

journal article

Environmental Influences on Neuromorphology in the Non-Native Starling Sturnus vulgaris

A Cardilini, S Micallef, V Bishop, C Sherman, S Meddle, K Buchanan

(2018), Vol. 92, pp. 63-70, Brain, Behavior and Evolution, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Case studies of motion-sensing cameras to study clutch survival and fate of real and artificial ground-nests in Australia

M Weston, K Ekanayake, S Lomas, H Glover, R Mead, A Cribbin, L Tan, D Whisson, G Maguire, A Cardilini

(2017), Vol. 64, pp. 476-491, Bird study, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Tests of ecogeographical relationships in a non-native species: what rules avian morphology?

A Cardilini, K Buchanan, C Sherman, P Cassey, M Symonds

(2016), Vol. 181, pp. 783-793, Oecologia, Germany, C1

journal article

Human residential status and habitat quality affect the likelihood but not the success of lapwing breeding in an urban matrix

D Roche, A Cardilini, D Lees, G Maguire, P Dann, C Sherman, M Weston

(2016), Vol. 556, pp. 189-195, Science of the Total Environment, Netherlands, C1

journal article

Pitfall trapping does not reliably index the diet or prey resources of Masked Lapwings

D Roche, D Roche, D Lees, D Lees, A Cardilini, A Cardilini, G Maguire, G Maguire, P Dann, P Dann, M Weston, M Weston

(2016), Vol. 123, pp. 16-20, Wader study, Thetford, Eng., C1

journal article

Three molecular markers show no evidence of population genetic structure in the gouldian finch (Erythrura gouldiae)

P Bolton, A West, A Cardilini, J Clark, K Maute, S Legge, J Brazill-Boast, S Griffith, L Rollins

(2016), Vol. 11, pp. 1-19, PloS one, San Francisco, Calif., C1

journal article

WIL-fully flipping online: a novel pedagogical approach in STEM

J Willems, K Young, A Cardilini, S Teychenne

(2016), pp. 656-665, ASCILITE 2016: Show Me The Learning : Proceedings of the 33rd International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education, Adelaide, South Australia, E1


Sharing the load: role equity in the incubation of a monomorphic shorebird, the masked lapwing (Vanellus miles)

A Cardilini, M Weston, P Dann, C Sherman

(2015), Vol. 127, pp. 730-733, Wilson Journal of Ornithology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Surviving in sprawling suburbs : suburban environments represent high quality breeding habitat for a widespread shorebird

A Cardilini, M Weston, D Nimmo, P Dann, C Sherman

(2013), Vol. 115, pp. 72-80, Landscape and urban planning, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Swooping in the suburbs : parental defence of an abundant aggressive urban bird against humans

D Lees, C Sherman, G Maguire, P Dann, A Cardilini, M Weston

(2013), Vol. 3, pp. 754-766, Animals, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Little Ravens 'Corvus mellori' hunt, kill and eat individuals of two species of shorebird

A Cardilini, A Cardilini, K Ekanayake, K Ekanayake, M Weston, M Weston

(2012), Vol. 129, pp. 22-24, Victorian naturalist, Blackburn, Vic., C1

journal article

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, Dr Chathurika 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: $105,000

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


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