Maggie Haines

PhD student, Terrestrial Environments

Maggie Haines
Maggie Haines measuring a skink.
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Maggie is supervised by Jane Melville (Museum Victoria), Devi Stuart-Fox (University of Melbourne) and Nick Clemann (Arthur Rylah Institute, Department of Sustainability and Environment).


Maggie completed a BSc (hons) from Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA USA. As an undergraduate, she conducted functional morphology research on turtles. For her honours work, she investigated the effect of tail tipping on swimming performance in dusky salamanders (Desmognathus fuscus). Both projects were conducted under the supervision of Dr. Tristan Stayton.

Maggie began her PhD at Museum Victoria in 2010. She is investigating the ecology and evolutionary history of Australian alpine lizards with a focus on the endangered alpine bog skink Pseudemoia cryodroma.

Current activities:

Maggie is currently working on her PhD at Museum Victoria/University of Melbourne investigating the ecology and evolution of native alpine lizards (Pseudemoia spp.)

Alpine ecosystems are particularly susceptible to both direct and indirect effects of climate change because they comprise small and highly fragmented populations, at serious risk of local population extinction. For her PhD research, Maggie is examining the evolutionary history of alpine lizards using a combination of ecology, morphology and genetic analyses. This research focuses on the alpine bog skink Pseudemoia cryodroma, which is restricted to the alpine areas of Victoria and is listed as endangered in Victoria by the Department of Sustainability and Environment. Outputs of this research will be used to enhance current conservation efforts.

Last updated 8 August 2012