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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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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 reveals adaptive divergence in a highly vagile invasive species

Katarina Stuart, Adam Cardilini, Phillip Cassey, Mark Richardson, William Sherwin, Lee Rollins, Craig Sherman

(2021), Vol. 30, pp. 1419-1434, Molecular Ecology, London, Eng., 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), pp. 1-5, Wildlife research, Clayton, Vic., C1

journal article

A critical review of the compassionate conservation debate

Simon Coghlan, Adam Cardilini

(2021), pp. 1-16, Conservation biology, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Recognizing animal personhood in compassionate conservation

Arian Wallach, Chelsea Batavia, Marc Bekoff, Shelley Alexander, Liv Baker, Dror Ben‐Ami, Louise Boronyak, Adam Cardilini, Yohay Carmel, Danielle Celermajer, Simon Coghlan, Yara Dahdal, Jonatan Gomez, Gisela Kaplan, Oded Keynan, Anton Khalilieh, Helen Kopnina, William Lynn, Yamini Narayanan, Sophie Riley, Francisco Santiago‐Ávila, Esty Yanco, Miriam Zemanova, Daniel Ramp

(2020), Vol. 34, pp. 1097-1106, Conservation Biology, Hoboken, N.J., C1

journal article

Test set verification is an essential step in model building

Thomas Quinn, Vuong Le, Adam Cardilini

(2020), Vol. Early View, Methods in Ecology and Evolution, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

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

Mathew Berg, Sarah Beebe, Jan Komdeur, Adam Cardilini, Raoul Ribot, Andrew Bennett, Katherine Buchanan

(2020), Vol. 10, pp. 1-10, Scientific Reports, London, Eng., 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. 6, pp. 1-18, PeerJ, Corte Madera, Calif., C1

journal article

Environmental influences on neuromorphology in the non-native starling Sturnus vulgaris

Adam Cardilini, Sarah Micallef, Valerie Bishop, Craig Sherman, Simone Meddle, Katherine Buchanan

(2018), Vol. 92, pp. 63-70, Brain, behavior and evolution, Basel, 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, M Weston, K Ekanayake, K Ekanayake, S Lomas, S Lomas, H Glover, H Glover, R Mead, R Mead, A Cribbin, A Cribbin, L Tan, L Tan, D Whisson, D Whisson, G Maguire, G Maguire, A Cardilini, 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, Berlin, Gemany, 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, Amsterdam, The 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, 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, 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, C1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Connecting Communities to Better Understand and Support Management of MPAS.

Dr Adam Cardilini, A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou, Dr Tanya King, A/Prof Kelly Miller, Dr Greg Bowtell, Dr Shaun Bangay, Dr Jordan Vincent

  • 2021: $172,565
  • 2020: $104,365


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