We have a plethora of opportunities in 2023 for volunteers to learn new skills and visit amazing places.

Check out the list of projects below and get in touch with each researcher directly for specific details and dates.

  • Plant surveys and measurement of ‘fire traits’ as part of a state-wide biodiversity monitoring across Victoria. Contact Kate Senior.
  • Camera trapping, spotlighting and assessment of mammalian habitats in tall forests of central Victoria. Contact Jeremy Johnson.
  • Bird surveys in fire-prone heathlands, forests and woodlands across Victoria. Contact Michelle Gibson.

You can also contact Luke Kelly directly.


There are a range of options for students to start doing research with us at the University of Melbourne including: a Master of Science (BioSciences) (a two-year course which includes coursework and a major research project), a Master of Philosophy (Science) (a two-year course working on a research project) and a Doctor of Philosophy (Science) (a four-year PhD program). A range of scholarships are available from the University.

Undergraduate students at the University of Melbourne have the opportunity to enrol in one of the subjects that Luke Kelly coordinates – including Fire in the Australian Landscape (FRST20015) – and Masters students can enrol in Assessing Ecosystems and Their Values (ENST90044).

Early Career Researchers

A range of grants are available for early career researchers at University of Melbourne including McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowships. The School of Agriculture, Food and Ecosystem Sciences is keen to support applications for Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA).


Visitors are always welcome. We’re based in Biosciences 1 (Building 123) at Parkville, University of Melbourne. We run a weekly lab meeting on Monday afternoon that we encourage visitors to attend. For longer visits, we can point you to some schemes for visiting fellowships. Please contact Luke Kelly directly if you’re interested in visiting us.