Ella Kelly

Threatened Species Policy Officer
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Melbourne, VIC

Contact me for

  • Mentoring
  • Sitting on boards or committees
  • Providing an expert opinion
  • Outreach activities
  • Conference presenting
  • Opportunities to collaborate


I'm a conservation biologist and ecologist, passionate about protecting Australia's unique flora and fauna. I finished my PhD in 2019 from the University of Melbourne, and have since been working as a Threatened Species Policy Officer for the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. 

My PhD research focused on developing a novel conservation strategy for endangered northern quolls - essentially trying to help them evolve quickly to stop eating poisonous cane toads. 

In my current role, I help develop tools and strategies to promote evidence-based decision making for threatened species. I’ve had the opportunity to work on a range of endangered species' projects in Victoria and contribute to rapid impact assessments and statewide conservation planning after devastating the 2019/2020 bushfires.