Teaching and Development

  • ANIM3019 Animal Reproduction

Researcher biography

Dr. Tamara Keeley is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the University of Queensland, School of Agriculture and Food Science. Dr. Keeley is a biologist, specialising in the areas Endocrinology, Reproductive Biology, Physiology, Captive Management, Conservation Science, Behaviour, and Welfare. She has experience working with a large variety of species ranging from livestock to endangered species (both in situ and ex situ); including mammals, marsupials, amphibians and reptiles. Over the last decade and a half, Tamara have been involved in a wide range of management and research related collaborations and projects through which she has gain experience and knowledge in the areas of animal management and husbandry, reproductive management and assisted reproductive technology, animal physiology, animal behaviour and welfare, genetics, ecology and wildlife recovery and conservation programs. Tamara is known for her expert knowledge in non-invasive hormone analysis techniques and their validation and application to wildlife, companion, laboratory, and production animals for the study of reproduction, welfare and health. Dr. Keeley’s fellowship position at the University of Queensland, is funded by an Advance Queensland Innovation Partnership Grant. This grant is a partnership between the University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and Dreamworld to undertake research on captive and wild koalas. This research program, “A Living Koala Genome Bank” is a concept for capturing genetic variation and restoring population connectivity for the future preservation of local wild population genetics and to test chlamydia vaccine immune response and efficacy. As part of this research program we are developing and testing cost efficient, non-invasive tools for the remote physiological monitoring of wild koalas to improve demographic analysis (via genetic analysis), and the identification of reproductive and disease status (chlamydia). Tamara also co-supervising Honours, Masters and Doctorate students who’s studies include investigating hormonal biomarkers for reproductive status in echidnas, evaluating faecal thyroid hormones in dugongs, examination of urinary hormones and behaviour to improve detection of oestrus in Southern hairy-nosed wombats and exploring oestrous and pregnancy detection methods in the koala.

Areas of research