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Maria Alejandra Gutierrez-Zorrilla


About me

Alejandra’s academic background is in Biology, with a degree obtained in Colombia where she volunteered in different conservation projects and worked at Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in the monitoring programme of the Cauca Guan (Penelope perspicax). After graduating in 2016 she moved to Sydney where she volunteer at the Taronga Zoo’s bird division. In 2019 she started her master’s degree in biological sciences working in identifying drivers for migration in shorebirds using phylogenetics. She joined the D.E.E.P research group in December 2021. Her research is focusing on understanding avian habitat use under disturbance in Tasmania, answering questions that will help us comprehend how the bird communities in the island respond to different pressures like land use, fire severity and human settlements.


Key interests


  • Ornithology

  • Conservation ecology

  • Community ecology

  • Gradients of disturbance

  • Home ranges


About me

I completed my bachelor’s degree (honours) in environmental science, working on traffic noise and vehicular density for my project work. My master’s degree was in ecology and environmental sciences working on soil carbon stock in different landscapes for my dissertation. Afterward, I worked on a REDD+ project with the state forest department. I then worked with a space applications centre and was involved in the development of a forest management plan for the state forest department using GIS, remote sensing and forest inventory data.

All of my academic and work experience took place in India. I then found myself on a flight bound for Australia to start my Ph.D with the DEEP group.

Key interests


  • ​pollinating insects 

  • honeyeaters

  • flying foxes

  • landscape ecology 

  • remote sensing 

  • machine learning

Contact me


Twitter: @M_Ale_Gutierrez

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