Dr Roxane Francis

Dr Roxane Francis

Research Fellow

Doctor of Philosophy 2021

Honours in Ecology 2015

Bachelor of Science with Distinction 2013

Bachelor of Arts 2013

School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences

Roxane Francis is a Post Doctorate Researcher in the Centre for Ecosystem Science at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Her work is highly varied and includes waterbird monitoring and management in Australia and Botswana, the use of pXRF, SIA and ICPMS to explore diets and toxins, and the use of drones to collect ecological data.

She enjoys remote sensing, and is skilled in the use of R, javascript and python. She is also highly capable in the field, having lived and worked in many parts of the world with fauna such as freshwater and marine turtles, waterbirds and lizards.

She is a recipient of funding from the Taronga Conservation Society, Idea Wild and the Centre for Ecosystem Science.

  • Journal articles | 2024
    Francis RJ; Brandis KJ; Chessman BC; Slavich E; Kingsford RT, 2024, 'Conservation implications of isotopic variation in nails and blood with wetland quality in three species of Australian freshwater turtle', Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 34, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/aqc.4056
    Journal articles | 2024
    Francis RJ; Brandis KJ, 2024, 'Assessment of Ground and Drone Surveys of Large Waterbird Breeding Rookeries: A Comparative Study', Drones, 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/drones8040135
    Journal articles | 2023
    Brandis KJ; Meagher P; Schoppe S; Zawada K; Widmann I; Widmann P; Dolorosa RG; Francis R, 2023, 'Determining the Provenance of Traded Wildlife in the Philippines', Animals, 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ani13132165
    Journal articles | 2023
    Francis RJ; Kingsford RT; Moseby K; Read J; Pedler R; Fisher A; McCann J; West R, 2023, 'Tracking landscape scale vegetation change in the arid zone by integrating ground, drone and satellite data', Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/rse2.375
    Journal articles | 2023
    Nakagawa S; Lagisz M; Francis R; Tam J; Li X; Elphinstone A; Jordan NR; O'Brien JK; Pitcher BJ; Van Sluys M; Sowmya A; Kingsford RT, 2023, 'Rapid literature mapping on the recent use of machine learning for wildlife imagery', Peer Community Journal, 3, http://dx.doi.org/10.24072/pcjournal.261
    Journal articles | 2022
    Francis RJ; Brandis KJ; Chessman BC; Slavich E; Kingsford RT, 2022, 'Abundance and nutritional status of freshwater turtles to guide delivery of environmental flows in the Murray-Darling Basin, south-eastern Australia', Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 32, pp. 282 - 293, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/aqc.3767
    Journal articles | 2022
    Francis RJ; Brandis KJ; McCann JA, 2022, 'Offline Imagery Checks for Remote Drone Usage', Drones, 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/drones6120395
    Journal articles | 2022
    Francis RJ; Kingsford RT; Brandis KJ, 2022, 'Using drones and citizen science counts to track colonial waterbird breeding, an indicator for ecosystem health on the Chobe River, Botswana', Global Ecology and Conservation, 38, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2022.e02231
    Journal articles | 2021
    Francis R; Bino G; Inman V; Brandis K; Kingsford RT, 2021, 'The Okavango Delta's waterbirds – Trends and threatening processes', Global Ecology and Conservation, 30, pp. e01763, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2021.e01763
    Journal articles | 2021
    Francis RJ; Kingsford RT; Murray-Hudson M; Brandis KJ, 2021, 'Urban waste no replacement for natural foods - Marabou storks in Botswana', Journal of Urban Ecology, 7, pp. juab003, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jue/juab003
    Journal articles | 2020
    Francis RJ; Brandis KJ; Kingsford RT; Callaghan CT, 2020, 'Quantifying bird diversity at three sites of differing herbivore presence', Journal of Ornithology, 161, pp. 1117 - 1127, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10336-020-01804-6
    Journal articles | 2020
    Francis RJ; Lyons MB; Kingsford RT; Brandis KJ, 2020, 'Counting mixed breeding aggregations of animal species using drones: Lessons from waterbirds on semi-automation', Remote Sensing, 12, pp. 1185, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/rs12071185
  • Preprints | 2023
    Brandis K; Meagher P; Schoppe S; Zawada K; Widmann I; Widmann P; Dolorosa R; Francis R, 2023, Determining the Provenance of Traded Wildlife in the Philippines, , http://dx.doi.org/10.20944/preprints202306.1201.v1
    Reports | 2022
    Brandis K; Bonsen G; Juillard L; Francis R, 2022, Dharriwaa-Narran Lakes Nature Reserve Colonial Waterbird Reproductive Success Monitoring 2022, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/unsworks/28480, https://www.dcceew.gov.au/water/cewo/publications/dharriwaa-narran-lakes-waterbird-reproductive-success-monitoring-2022
    Reports | 2022
    Brandis K; Bonsen G; Wooster E; Hasselerharm C; Juillard L; Francis R, 2022, Macquarie Marshes Colonial Waterbird Reproductive Success Monitoring 2022., http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/unsworks/28477, https://www.dcceew.gov.au/water/cewo/publications/macquarie-marshes-colonial-waterbird-reproductive-success-monitoring-2022
    Reports | 2022
    Brandis K; Francis R; Bino G, 2022, Murray-Darling Basin Waterbird Habitat Assessement: Phase 2. Report to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/unsworks/28481
    Reports | 2021
    Brandis K; Francis R; Bino G, 2021, Murray-Darling Basin Waterbird Habitat Assessment: Phase 1, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/unsworks/28478
    Theses / Dissertations | 2021
    Francis R; Kingsford R; Brandis K; Leggett K; Murray-Hudson M, 2021, Birds as indicators of change in the freshwater ecosystems of Botswana, University of New South Wales

Centre for Ecosystem Science Postgraduate Grant               2019                                         

Taronga Conservation Society Field Conservation Grants      2017   

IDEA WILD Field Equipment Grant                                       2014                            

Winner of the BEES UNSW Science Postgraduate Research Showcase                           2020

WildENFORCE - developing a real-time forensic tool to determine animal provenance. Joint project with Taronga Conservation Society, ANSTO, UTS

Waterbird colony monitoring with drones

Development of automated counting systems for drone imagery

Mapping of vegetation coverage - Wild Deserts

Conservation prioritisation

Eastern Australian Waterbird Survey

Diet and toxin work using ICPMS, pXRF and SIA

Analysis of citizen science data - waterbirds

Surface water mapping for waterbird management

Fieldwork - reptile trapping, waterbird monitoring.

My Teaching

BIOS 1101 - Ecology, Sustainability and Environmental Science

BIOS 1301 - Evolutionary and Functional Biology

SCIF 1131 - Skills for Science