Researcher biography

Dr Matthew Scott Luskin and his Ecological Cascades Lab examine food web ecology, plant–animal interactions, and applied conservation science, with a focus on tropical forest communities in South-East Asia. Key research questions include ecological cascades from fragmentation, agriculture, hunting, invasive species and climate-mediated changes to forest phenology.

Before joining The University of Queensland, Matthew worked with the Smithsonian’s Forest Global Observatory (ForestGEO) to coordinate surveys of wildlife communities across Sumatra, Borneo, Peninsular Malaysia and Thailand. These projects link apex predators to herbivores to trees and have revealed how oil palm expansion has restructured ecological communities and triggered trophic cascades.

Matthew obtained his PhD in Environmental Science, Policy and Management from the University of California, Berkeley.