Wildlife Conservation Officer, Life Sciences, Research and Conservation.
Monique Van Sluys has a Biological Sciences Degree from Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), Brazil, and has always been passionate about wildlife ecology. Soon after graduating she volunteered for 3 months at the National Institute for Research in the Amazon (INPA) where she undertook research on movement as a defence strategy of tadpoles to invertebrate predators. She received her MSc and PhD degrees in Ecology at Universidade Estadual de Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil during which time she undertook field research on lizard ecology (population dynamics, reproduction, feeding behaviour, parasitism, and spacing dynamics). While still doing her PhD, she got the position of senior lecturer at the Ecology Department from UERJ, where she worked for almost 20 years. Monique is especially interested in understanding ecological processes and in how this understanding can be applied to conserving biodiversity. Monique has supervised more than 30 students and published more than 100 articles, book chapters and books in subjects encompassing population dynamics, behavioural ecology, reproduction, parasitism, species interaction, geographic distribution, and conservation biology. Most of her work is focussed on, but not limited to, Amphibians and Reptiles (mainly lizards) in the Atlantic Rainforest of east Brazil. During her time at UERJ, she had also been Head of Department twice and spearheaded and implemented a new departmental structure.
Monique first came to Australia on sabbatical to study geographic distribution of the chytrid fungus in wild frog populations in SE Queensland, in collaboration with Prof. Jean-Marc Hero, Griffith University (Gold Coast Campus). During her period at Griffith she actively took part in several teaching activities, both formal lectures and practical activities in field trips/courses, including going to Chitwan National Park, Nepal to train Australian and Nepalese students on biodiversity monitoring tools including establishing Long Term Ecological Research, and data recording systems.
In 2011 Monique joined Taronga Conservation Society Australia where she keeps expanding her contribution to Conservation Biology. She is currently the coordinator of Life Sciences, Research and Conservation division and oversees the Zoo Friends and Conservation fellowships and the conservation partnerships programs, and also the internal communication strategy.