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Dr Melissa Danks

Research Assistant

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 3839
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.381  

Overview of role

Melissa is a sessional academic and researcher in the School of Science and is a member of the Centre for Ecosystem Management.

Current Teaching

  • SCI1125 Professional Science Essentials
  • SCM2201 Soil and Land Processes

Research Areas and Interests

  • Microbial ecology
  • Fungal ecology
  • Mammal-plant-fungal interactions
  • Conservation biology
  • Plant ecophysiology

Recent research includes investigating the ecophysiology of groundwater dependent vegetation and using next-generation sequencing to characterise the microbial communities of water repellent soils.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of New England, 2012.
  • Bachelor of Science, Murdoch University, 2004.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Danks, M., Simpson, N., Elliott, TF., Paine, CE., Vernes, K., (2020), Modeling mycorrhizal fungi dispersal by the mycophagous swamp wallaby (Wallabia bicolor). Ecology and Evolution, 10(23), 12920-12928, DOI: 10.1002/ece3.6873.
  • Ruthrof, K., Hopkins, A., Danks, M., O'Hara, G., Bell, R., Henry, D., Standish, R., Tibbett, M., Howieson, J., Burgess, T., Harper, R., (2019), Rethinking soil water repellency and its management. Plant Ecology, 220(10), 977-984, DOI: 10.1007/s11258-019-00967-4.
  • Phelps, C., Bernasconi, R., Danks, M., Gasol, J., Hopkins, A., Jones, J., Kavazos, C., Martin, B., Tarquinio, F., Huggett, M., (2018), Microbiomes of Western Australian marine environments. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia, 101(1), 17-43, Australia, Royal Society of Western Australia Inc..
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