Matthew McKinney

My PhD focuses on modeling invasive species distributions in Australia. A key outcome will be prioritizing surveillance effort for invasive species that will threaten vulnerable native species populations in the future.

I was born and raised in north-western Georgia (USA) where my parents taught me how to turn over rocks to find and scorpions and salamanders, to fish and hunt, to garden, and to pick berries. I received my bachelor’s degree in forest resources from the University of Georgia in 2006, and my master’s degree in wildlife and fisheries science from Mississippi State University in 2013. In-between, I worked as a public lands biologist / land manager for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, conserving and managing endangered ecosystems, endangered species, game species, and everything in-between. My strengths are GIS, the R Statistical Environment, and technical management / research skills (fire, farm equipment, surveys). I love bluegrass music and I play Dobro guitar in my spare time.

Qualifications. ​​

  • Bachelor of Forest Resources
    (The University of Georgia 2006)

  • MSc (Wildlife and Fisheries Science-Mississippi State University 2013)



McKinney, M., Kark, S. 2017.  Factors shaping avian alien species richness in Australia vs Europe. Diversity and Distributions. DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12625


Archibald, C., McKinney, M., Mustin, K., Shanahan, D., Possingham, HP., 2017. Assessing the impact of revegetation and weed control on urban sensitive bird species. Ecology & Evolution.

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