Dr Flavia Santamaria School of Access Education

Dr Flavia Santamaria

B.Biol.(Hons), Grad.Dip.Edu., PhD (Science)

Contact Details

Email: f.santamaria@cqu.edu.au

Phone: (07) 4930 6978 - Ext: 56978

Office Location

Building 32

G 30

School of Access Education

School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences

About Me

Dr Flavia Santamaria is a Lecturer in the School of Access Education (SAE) and is working on Koala research projects in the School of Health, Medical & Applied Sciences.

Flavia is passionate about education in all of its facets, and enjoys teaching adult students because of their enthusiasm and commitment to their own future.
Flavia's PhD, carried out in Victoria at the former University of Ballarat (now Federation University), studied the impact of translocation on the health, food selection and movement of radio-tracked koalas relocated from French Island to forests around Ballarat.

Both in Victoria and Queensland, she has worked on projects that included GIS mapping, vegetation and koala surveys.

In addition to her teaching commitment in the SAE, Flavia's current and future research focus are on koalas' response to stress and koala ecology, and in particular:

- the impact of anthropogenic environmental changes on koala populations, including the potential pressure of environmental stress on the health of koalas (i.e. Chlamydia)

- alternative koala survey techniques

- using the Koala as a flagship species in educating communities for sustainability.

Other interests

Flavia is actively involved with the Local Marine Advisory Committee (LMAC) for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA).

Universities Studied At

PhD, University of Ballarat

Graduate Diplama of Education, Victoria University

Biological Sciences (Honours), Universita' della Sapienza, Rome, Italy

Universities Worked At

University of Ballarat: Outreach Program Officer.

Deliver a range of in-school and on campus programs to engage disadvantaged students of low socio-economic status as well as those from regional/rural schools. The aim of the program was to increase the aspiration of these students for further education.

University of Melbourne (Creswick Campus): Lecturer (sessional) in Forest Ecology.

Previous teaching

Consultancy Work

Australian Koala Foundation and Plantation Industries: Investigation on the use of Blue Gum plantations by koalas.

Envirofund: Vegetation mapping of Golden Plains Shire

'In Press' Publications
Schlagloth, R., Santamaria, F., Golding, B. & Thomson, H. (In press). Why is it important to use flagship species in community education? The Koala as a case study. Animal Studies Journal.
Poster Papers/ Published Research Summaries

Santamaria, F, (2016). Importance of regional grazing lands for Koala conservation. Poster presented at the RUN Regional Futures Conference CQUniversity, Rockhampton.


Keatley, M.R., Santamaria, F. & Wilson, K. (2004) RTC5011A Collect and Classify Plants. Flexible Learning Technology Centre, Institute of Land and Food Resources, University of Melbourne: Terang.


PhD Thesis: 2002. Outcomes and Implications of a Koala Translocation in the Ballarat Region. University of Ballarat

Refereed Articles

Wedrowicz, F, Wright, W, Schlagloth, R,, Santamaria, F & Cahir, F (2017). Landscape, koalas and people: A historical account of koala populations and their environment in South Gippsland. Australian Zoologist. DOI: https://doi.org/10.7882/AZ.2017.007

Santamaria, F. & Schlagloth, R. (2016). The effect of translocation on Chlamydia-naïve koalas. A case study. Australian Zoologist.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7882/AZ.2016.025

Frederick, B., Lamey, T., Mikecz, M. and Santamaria, F. (2015). Enabling people to ‘see what they can be’ The community aspiration program (CAP ED). learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts, 17, October 2015, pp. 54–63.

Santamaria, F., Keatley M.R. and Schlagloth, R. (2004). Does size matter? Tree use by translocated koalas. The Victorian Naturalist 122: 4–13.

Vitale, A., Santamaria, F. and Queyras, A. (1995). Response to a novel object by socially housed common marmosets (Callithrix jaccus): a preliminary study. In: Handbook of Marmosets and Tamarins in Fundamental and Applied Research ed. Scott et al. CBDE Media Services, Salisbury, England.

Vitale, A. and Santamaria, F. (1994). Are two monkeys better than one? The behaviour of socially housed marmosets in an unfamiliar environment. Boll. Zoo. Suppl.: 49.

Volterra, L. and Santamaria, F. (1993). Nematodes in fresh waters. Particularly regarding to potable waters. Ingegneria Ambientale 22: 3–4.

Conference Presentations

Santamaria, F., Keatley M.R. and Schlagloth, R. (2004). Does size matter? (Tree use by translocated koalas) Biodiversity Conference University of Ballarat, Victoria.

Santamaria, F. and Keatley, M. (2002). Tree selection by translocated koalas in the Ballarat region in Proceeding of the Australian Koala Foundation Conference on the status of the Koala in 2002. AKF, Brisbane, Australia.

Santamaria, F. and Schlagloth, R. (2001). Survival of island translocated koalas and the impact of Chlamydia. pp. 18–16. In Veterinary Conservation Biology, Wildlife Health.and Management in Australasia. Proceedings of International Joint Conference. Taronga Zoo, Sydney.

Santamaria, F. (1998). Preliminary Results of a Koala Translocation. In Proceeding of the Conference on the future of Koalas in the Macedon Ranges (10-11 October 1998)

Santamaria, F. (1998). Response of Koalas Translocated to a Novel Environment. In Proceeding of the Conference Review of the Koala Management Program on Kangaroo Island. (28–29 May 1998)

Santamaria, F. (1998). Translocation of Koalas from French Island to Ballarat Region (Seminar). University of Ballarat.

Environmental Science and Management - Wildlife and Habitat Management
Environmental Science and Management - Conservation and Biodiversity
Zoology - Animal Behaviour
Specialist Studies in Education - Learning Sciences
Journal article

Schlagloth, R., Santamaria, F., Golding, B., & Thomson, H. (2018). Why is it important to use flagship species in community education? The koala as a case study. Animal Studies Journal, 7(1), 127-148. Retrieved from https://ro.uow.edu.au/asj/vol7/iss1/7


Wedrowicz, F., Wright, W., Schlagloth, R., Santamaria, F., & Cahir, F. (2017). Landscape, koalas and people: A historical account of koala populations and their environment in South Gippsland. Australian Zoologist, 38(4), 518-536. doi:10.7882/AZ.2017.007


Santamaria, F., & Schlagloth, R. (2016). The effect of Chlamydia on translocated Chlamydia-naïve koalas: A case study. Australian Zoologist, 38(2), 192-202. doi:10.7882/AZ.2016.025


Fredericks, B., Lamey, T., Mikecz, M., & Santamaria, F. (2015). Enabling people to ‘see what they can be’ : the Community Aspirations Program (CAP-ED). Learning communities., 17, 54-63. doi:10.18793/LCJ


Santamaria, F., Keatley, M., & Schlagloth, R. J. (2005). Does size matter: tree use by translocated koalas. The Victorian Naturalist, 122(1), 4-13. Retrieved from https://archive.org/


Melzer, A., Santamaria, F., & Allen, S. E. (2018). The koalas, koala habitat and conservation management in the Clarke-Connors Ranges and associated landscapes: A report to the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads. Rockhampton, Queensland: Koala Research-CQ, School of Medical and Applied Sciences, CQUniversity. Retrieved from https://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/

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