Me in front of a collapsed lava tunnel in the Galapagos Islands

I am a Post-doctoral researcher working as research coordinator for Fiona Fidler’s repliCATS project with IMeRG in the School of BioSciences at the University of Melbourne. I have a few different lines of interest which I will briefly describe below.


I spend most of my time and energy on the repliCATS project. So here’s a little summary that I’ve borrowed from the main website.

The repliCATS project aims to develop more accurate, better-calibrated techniques to elicit expert assessment of the reliability of social science research. Our approach is to adapt and deploy the IDEA protocol developed here at the University of Melbourne to elicit group judgements for the likely replicability of 3,000 research claims. The research we will undertake as part of the repliCATS project will include the largest ever empirical study on how scientists reason about other scientists’ work, and what factors makes them trust it.


My meta-research work involves working on a range of things aimed at understanding and redressing the reproducibility crisis. I am specifically interested in trying to improve reproducibility/replicability in ecology and related fields. I am most  proud of a paper we published on the rates of questionable research practices in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. The paper will hopefully be in the literature before too long but in the mean time, the headline is that we use questionable research practices a lot….but that’s the same as psychology researchers. The next thing on my list is working out how successful the Transparency and Openness Protocol (TOP) guidelines have been in increasing the openness of publications.

NESP Threatened Woodlands work

There are currently 19 EPBC listed threatened Eucalypt woodlands in southern Australia (with more nominated). Only 4 of these currently have recovery plans and there are limited resources available to create more. In this project we hope to create a generalised recovery plan that can help inform management across all current (and possibly future) threatened Eucalypt woodland communities.

Other research interests

My training is in ecology. I submitted my PhD in January 2017 as part of the Quantitative and Applied Ecology Group, based in the School of BioSciences at the University of Melbourne. During my PhD I investigated uncertainty around ‘woodland birds’; how we classify them, why we classify them differently, how this effects our conclusions and what we can do about it. I was lucky to have supervision from Mick McCarthy, Libby Rumpff and Cindy Hauser from Melbourne Uni and Georgia Garrard of RMIT University.

I began my PhD in 2013 with a thirst to save the environment. However, working around researchers doing ground breaking research changed my perspective slightly. The knowledge that goes into these researchers’ work is phenomenal and has the potential to provide important ecological insights but so often the work falls short of being used. I see it as my mission to make sure that the (fantastic) research these people are doing is as useful as it can possibly be.

In my ‘free time’ I put together a nomination to list the Temperate and Sub-tropical Woodland Bird Threatened Ecological Community as a Threatened Ecological Community under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, working closely with researchers from all over Australia.

This site will provide updates on the outcomes of my research as well as information on any achievements and accolades that I might collect over time. If you ever want to contact me please feel free to email me at: hannahsfraser@gmail.com.

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  1. Pingback: Back to language school for ‘woodland birds’ | KAPOW! ECOLOGY

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