My name is Emily Gregg and I am a researcher investigating ways to improve messaging for threatened species conservation. I have a particular interest in improving engagement strategies with so-called “non-charismatic” species, including reptiles, amphibians, rodents, bats, invertebrates, and plants.


I am currently a PhD student with the Interdisciplinary Conservation Science Research Group at RMIT University. I am lucky enough to be supervised by Dr Georgia Garrard (ICON), Prof Sarah Bekessy (ICON), Dr Jenny Robinson (School of Media and Communications, RMIT), and Dr Jenny Martin (University of Melbourne).

I have a Master of Science (Zoology) from the University of Melbourne, where I investigated the feasibility of a waterless barrier to halt cane toad spread in Western Australia, working with the wonderful Dr Ben Phillips and Dr Reid Tingley.

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Field site in Western Australia radio-tracking cane toads

I have also been lucky enough to intern at Arid Recovery, where I spent over three months pitfall trapping for small reptiles and mammals, catching bilbies, checking camera traps, and getting extraordinarily excited about Greater Stick-nest Rat tracks in the red sand.


Some seriously charismatic reptile species on the Arid Recovery reserve (Bearded Dragon, Sand Goanna, and Fat-tailed Gecko)

In my spare time I enjoy reading, writing, running, hiking, volunteering to get my fieldwork fix and scrawling out to-do lists doomed never to be seen again.

If you would like to discuss my research or potential case studies/collaborations please contact me on emily.gregg@rmit.edu.au, or catch me on Twitter @SciEms.

(All photos posted on here are taken by myself, unless noted otherwise.)

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