Dr Anke Frank has a strong interest in arid zone and rangeland ecology, impacts of introduced species and predator-prey interactions which she mainly investigated in Australia. She joined the CAS in 2016 when working as a postdoc at the University of Cologne, but has been residing back in Australia since the end of 2019.
In her PhD (The University of Sydney, 2010), she investigated the effects of grazing on flora and fauna in central Australia. The following four years, she spent investigating the role of feral cats in the dramatic small mammal declines in northern Australia, first at James Cook University, then the University of Tasmania, based for fieldwork for almost two years in Darwin, Northern Territory. After a citizen science project on the impacts of cats and dogs on backyard wildlife in Hobart, Tasmania, she returned for some postdoctoral work at the Botanical Institute at the University of Cologne. Here, she studied grazing impacts in South Africa and urban ecology right in the city of Cologne. Before returning to Australia at the end of 2019, she worked as a postdoc in Sustainability at the Research Museum Alexander Koenig, Bonn. After working at the herbarium of The University of Sydney, teaching students in statistics, biology, conservation, wildlife management and ecology, and working simultaneously as a senior researcher for the Desert Ecology Research Group (both also at The University of Sydney), she briefly returned as an ecologist to her PhD study sites in the Simpson Desert, Queensland. She currently works as a wildlife ecology lecturer at Charles Sturt University, Port Macquarie, NSW. Dr. Frank is collaborating closely with Prof. Adone and team.