Rahil Amin

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Rahil Amin

PhD Candidate

Room 349 , Life Science Building

Disentangling the drivers of beta-diversity

Habitat conversion and invasive species have caused major biodiversity diversity loss in Australia. For instance, since the European settlement, only 10% of the vegetation in Tasmanian Midlands remain due to intensive agricultural conversion. To maintain and restore biodiversity in human-impacted Tasmania, we need to understand the factors and processes that underlie spatial patterns of biodiversity. In my PhD, I will study and illustrate how environmental conditions (i.e., the degree of disturbance, productivity levels, and habitat connectivity) influence the spatial turnover in species composition (i.e.,β-diversity) via a broad-scale observational survey on Tasmania’s freshwater meta-communities.

Community assembly theory and restoration ecology are complementary fields since the first provides a conceptual foundation about the rules that govern species composition of local communities, and the second focuses on the reconstruction of biologically functioning communities. Therefore, I hope research would not only improve our knowledge of the processes controlling β-diversity but would also offer general guidance for conserving and restoring biodiversity in human-modified landscapes.

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Fields of Research

  • Biogeography and phylogeography (310402)
  • Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation (410102)
  • Global change biology (319902)
  • Community ecology (excl. invasive species ecology) (310302)
  • Conservation and biodiversity (410401)
  • Freshwater ecology (310304)

Research Objectives

  • Animal adaptation to climate change (109901)
  • Rehabilitation or conservation of terrestrial environments (180604)
  • Effects of climate change on Australia (excl. social impacts) (190504)
  • Rehabilitation or conservation of coastal or estuarine environments (180206)
  • Coastal or estuarine biodiversity (180203)


Total publications


Journal Article

(3 outputs)
2023Diengdoh VL, Ondei S, Amin RJ, Hunt MA, Brook BW, 'Landscape functional connectivity for butterflies under different scenarios of land-use, land-cover, and climate change in Australia', Biological Conservation, 277 Article 109825. ISSN 0006-3207 (2023) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2022.109825 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Ondei S; Hunt MA; Brook BW


2021Amin RJ, Buettel JC, Fielding MW, Vaughan PM, Brook BW, 'Hot, unpredictable weather interacts with land use to restrict the distribution of the Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo', Emu pp. 1-10. ISSN 0158-4197 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/01584197.2021.1952083 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Buettel JC; Fielding MW; Vaughan PM; Brook BW


2021Barlow MM, Johnson CN, McDowell MC, Fielding MW, Amin RJ, et al., 'Species distribution models for conservation: identifying translocation sites for eastern quolls under climate change', Global Ecology and Conservation, 29 Article e01735. ISSN 2351-9894 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.gecco.2021.e01735 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Barlow MM; Johnson CN; McDowell MC; Fielding MW