Research Fellow

Dr Roxane Francis

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 | 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, vol. 32, pp. 282 - 293,
    Journal articles | 2022
    Francis RJ; Brandis KJ; McCann JA, 2022, 'Offline Imagery Checks for Remote Drone Usage', Drones, vol. 6, pp. 395 - 395,
    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, vol. 38, pp. e02231 - 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, vol. 30, pp. e01763 - 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, vol. 7,
    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, vol. 161, pp. 1117 - 1127,
    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, vol. 12, pp. 1185 - 1185,
  • Reports | 2022
    Brandis K; Bonsen G; Juillard L; Francis R, 2022, Dharriwaa-Narran Lakes Nature Reserve Colonial 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.,
    Reports | 2022
    Brandis K; Francis R; Bino G, 2022, Murray-Darling Basin Waterbird Habitat Assessement: Phase 2. Report to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority
    Reports | 2021
    Brandis K; Francis R; Bino G, 2021, Murray-Darling Basin Waterbird Habitat Assessment: Phase 1
    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