Rowan Mott

Spatial ecologist
Quantitative and Applied Ecology Group at The University of Melbourne

Rowan is a spatial ecologist with a keen interest in how the environment and competitive interactions shape the movements and distribution of birds. His current research focuses on how periods of drought influence the suitability of floodplain habitat for threatened birds in the Murray-Darling Basin. This research makes use of extensive, satellite-derived datasets to detect changes in environmental parameters that reflect habitat condition.

Rowan’s spatial skillset developed during a postdoc and PhD at Monash University, where he studied the movement and foraging ecology of tropical seabirds. Although a vastly different ecosystem to the floodplains that Rowan now studies, the dynamic nature of tropical marine ecosystems made them the ideal platform for developing skills related to the study of habitat suitability at different periods in time.