Australasian Animal Studies Association

Schlagloth, Dr Rolf

koalas at Meredith

Research Program Leader

CQ University

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Rolf Schlagloth is koala researchers and educator who believes in the power of the koala as a flagship species for changing the world into a better, healthier place with a thriving environment for all flora & fauna. A place where we, humans, and other species can live in harmony with our surroundings without the need to destroy our own living space and that of others.


Schlagloth, R., Hewson, M., Schultz, M., Danaher, M., & Santamaria, F. (2023). Gauging landholder attitudes and willingness towards koala conservation in a Central Queensland region. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 30(1), 68-87.

Santamaria, F., Schlagloth, R., Valenza, L., Palme, R., de Villiers, D., & Henning, J. (2023). The Effect of Disease and Injury on Faecal Cortisol Metabolites, as an Indicator of Stress in Wild Hospitalised Koalas, Endangered Australian Marsupials. Veterinary Sciences, 10(1), 65.

Danaher, M., Schlagloth, R., Hewson, M., & Geddes, C. (2023). One Person and a Camera: a relatively non-intrusive approach to Koala citizen science. Australian Zoologist.

Schlagloth, R., A. Morgan, E., Cadman, T., Santamaria, F., McGinnis, G., Thomson, H., ... & Mcewan, A. (2022). Applying landscape-level principles to koala management in Australia: a comparative analysis. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 1-22.

Schlagloth, R., Golding, B., Kentish, B., McGinnis, G., Clark, I. D., Cadman, T., . . . Santamaria, F. (2022). Koalas – Agents for Change: A case study from regional Victoria. Journal of Sustainability Education, 26(Feb).

Schlagloth, R., Hewson, M., & Santamaria, F. (2022). Clarke-Connors Range Koala Protection Project - Koala Survey for Landholders Final project report February 2022. Koala Research - CQ / CQUniversity.

Cahir, F., Schlagloth, R., & Clark, I. D. (2022). The importance of the koala in Aboriginal society in nineteenth-century Queensland (Australia): A reconsideration of the archival record. Anthrozoos, 35(1), 75-89.

Schlagloth, R., Santamaria, F., Melzer, A., Keatley, M. R., and Houston, W. (2021). Vehicle collisions and dog attacks on Victorian koalas as evidenced by a retrospective analysis of sightings and admission records 1997–2011. Australian Zoologist.

Santamaria, F., Schlagloth, R. J., Palme, R., & Henning, J. (2021). Over time decay of cortisol metabolites in faecal pellets of koalas in Central Queensland. Animals, 11(12), 1-11.

Santamaria, F., Barlow, C. K., Schlagloth, R. J., Schittenhelm, R. B., Palme, R., & Henning, J. (2021). Identification of koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) faecal cortisol metabolites using liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry and enzyme immunoassays. Metabolites, 11(6), 1-15.

Santamaria, F., Palme, R., Schlagloth, R. J., Klobetz-Rassam, E., & Henning, J. (2021). Seasonal variations of faecal cortisol metabolites in koalas in south east Queensland. Animals, 11(6), 1-17.

Watkins, A., Schlagloth, R. J., & Santamaria, F. (2021). A snapshot of koala tree-use at the Mount Gravatt Outlook Reserve. The Queensland Naturalist, 59(1-3), 3-23.

Cahir, F.; Schlagloth, R. and Clark, I. (2020). The Historic Importance of the Koala in Aboriginal Society in New South Wales (Australia): A Reconsideration of the Archival Record Koala in literature. ab-original.

Clark, I.; Schlagloth, R.; Cahir, F. and McGinnis (2020). Kurrburra the Boonwurrung wirrirrap and bard (1797–1849)—a man of high degree. Aus J Biography and History 4, 73-91.

Schlagloth, R. (2018). Managing Central Queensland’s Clarke-Connors Range koala population. Predicting future koala road-kill hotspots. Koala Research-CQ.

Schlagloth, R., Santamaria, F., Golding, B., & Thomson, H. (2018). Why is it important to use flagship species in community education? The koala as a case study. Animal Studies Journal, 7(1), 127-148.

Schlagloth, R.; Cahir, F. and Clark, I. (2018). The Historic Importance of the Koala in Aboriginal Society in Victoria (Australia): A Reconsideration of the Archival Record Koala in literature. Anthrozoös; 31(4), 433-441, DOI: 10.1080/08927936.2018.1482115

Wedrowicz, F., Wright, W., Schlagloth, R., Santamaria, F., & Cahir, F. (2017). Landscape, koalas and people: A historical account of koala populations and their environment in South Gippsland. Australian Zoologist, 38(4), 518-536.

Santamaria, F., & Schlagloth, R. (2016). The effect of Chlamydia on translocated Chlamydia-naïve koalas: a case study. Australian Zoologist, 38(2), 192-202.

Schlagloth, R., Mitchell, D. and Rhodes, J. (2008). Use of Blue Gum Plantations by Koalas. A report to stakeholders in the plantation industry.

Schlagloth, R., Thomson, H. and Mitchell, (2006). Comprehensive Koala Plan of Management for Ballarat City Council (Part 1- The Plan, part 2 – resource document). City of Ballarat.

Santamaria, F., Keateley, M. & Schlagloth, R. (2005). Does size matter? Tree use by translocated koalas. The Victorian Naturalist. 122 (1), 4-13.

Schlagloth, R., & Santamaria, F. (2001). Koala Survey for Ballarat. Report on an extensive survey of ratepayers’ attitude to, and experiences with, koala conservation. Ballarat: City of Ballarat.

Prevett, P. T., Pope, R., Smithyman, S., & Schlagloth, R. (1995). Interaction between Koalas and Roads on the Midland Highway and Western Freeway in Victoria: University of Ballarat.

Potential areas for research supervision
Koala Ecology and koala history