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Douglas Kerlin



BSc (Hons) MInfTech PhD



Post-doctoral Research Fellow


Contact details


Environmental Futures Research Institute,

Building N78, Room 2.11, School of Environment,

Griffith University, Nathan campus,

170 Kessels Road, Nathan,

Queensland, Australia, 4111

Phone (work): +61 7 3735 9252

Email: d.kerlin"at"



I am a graduate of the University of Queensland, where I completed my Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Master of Information Technology degrees. I obtained my PhD from the University of Glasgow, in collaboration with the Macaulay Institute for Land Use Research in Aberdeen. My PhD studies focused on the population dynamics of upland birds.


My current research focuses on the application of population and spatial ecology techniques to diseases of Australian marsupials. I am currently engaged on three projects, investigating: i) Tasmanian Devil facial tumour disease, ii) Chlamydia in Koalas, and iii) population declines in the woylie.


Research Keywords


Population ecology, Koala, Tasmanian Devil facial tumour disease (DFTD), Woylie, Spatial ecology, GIS





  • McCallum H., Kerlin D.H., Ellis W. and Carrick F. 2017.  Assessing the significance of endemic disease in conservation – koalas, chlamydia and koala retrovirus as a case study. Conservation Letters. 00:e12425 (link).

  • Grogan, L. F., Jones, D., Hero, J.-M., Ellis, W., Kerlin, D.H., McCallum, H. (2017) Current trends and future directions in koala chlamydial disease research. Biological Conservation 215:179-188 (link).

  • Jeong J., Smith C.S., Peel, A.J., Plowright R.K., Kerlin D.H., McBroom J. and McCallum H. 2017. Persistent infections support maintenance of a coronavirus in a population of Australian bats (Myotis macropus). Epidemiology and Infection, 145:2053-2061 (link).

  • Wells K., Hamede R.K., Kerlin D.H., Storfer A., Hohenlohe P.A., Jones M.E. and McCallum H.I. 2017. Infection of the fittest: Devil facial tumour disease has greatest effect on individuals with highest reproductive output. Ecology Letters, 20: 770–778 (link).


  • Kerlin D.H. and Gatton M.L. 2015. A simulation model of the within-host dynamics of Plasmodium vivax infection. Malaria Journal, 14:51 (link). 


  • Kerlin D.H. and Gatton M.L. 2013. Preferential invasion by Plasmodium merozoites and the self-regulation of parasite burden. PLoS One, 8:e57434 (link).


  • Kerlin D.H., Boyce K., Marfurt J., Simpson J.A., Kenangalem E., Cheng Q., Price R.N. and Gatton M.L. 2012. An analytical method for assessing stage-specific drug activity in Plasmodium vivax malaria: implications for ex vivo drug susceptibility testing. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 6:e1772 (link).


  • Kerlin D.H., Thirgood S.J., Miller D.R., Aebischer N.J., Smith A.A. and Haydon D.T. 2010. State-dependent dynamics of cycles in red grouse abundance. Ecography, 33:896-905 (link).


  • Kerlin D.H., Haydon D.T., Miller D., Aebischer N.J., Smith A.A. and Thirgood S.J. 2007. Spatial synchrony in red grouse population dynamics. Oikos, 116:2007-2016 (link).

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