Research Assistant

Ms Roxane Janet Francis

Centre for Ecosystem Science

Roxane Francis is a PhD candidate and Research Assistant in the Centre for Ecosystem Science at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Her work focuses on the management of avian diversity in Botswana, including the effects of large herbivores, landfill pollution, and changing river flows. She has also studied the effects of changing river flows on Australian freshwater turtles and is particularly interested in ecosystem responses to alteration of flow regimes in rivers. She investigates such patterns and processes using her skills in stable isotope and heavy metal analyses, drone piloting, statistics and remote sensing. She is a recipient of funding from the Taronga Conservation Society, Idea Wild and the Centre for Ecosystem Science.


  • Journal articles | 2021
    Ms Roxane Janet Francis
    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, vol. 7,
    Journal articles | 2020
    Ms Roxane Janet Francis
    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, vol. 12, pp. 1185 - 1185,
    Journal articles | 2020
    Ms Roxane Janet Francis
    Francis RJ; Brandis KJ; Kingsford RT; Callaghan CT, 2020, 'Quantifying bird diversity at three sites of differing herbivore presence', Journal of Ornithology, vol. 161, pp. 1117 - 1127,


Winner of the BEES UNSW Science Postgraduate Research Showcase                           2020


Centre for Ecosystem Science Postgraduate Grant               2019                                         

Taronga Conservation Society Field Conservation Grants      2017   

IDEA WILD Field Equipment Grant                                       2014