Dr Coen Hird

Associate Lecturer

School of the Environment
Faculty of Science


Coen is a trawlwoolway pakana (Hearps/Briggs) related to northeast lutruwita.

Coen is a researcher and teacher with broad interests in Indigenous sciences, ecophysiology, and conservation biology. Coen has special interest and experience in understanding the effects of climate change on the physiology, behaviour, and ecology of organisms. Coen is currently undertaking his PhD investigating the role of changing temperature and ultraviolet radiation on the physiology and health of amphibians.

A large part of Coen's focus as an academic comes from the need for environmental rights-based discourse, better engagement with Indigenous peoples, and developing understanding and respect around Indigenous knowledges and Indigenous sovereignty within the sciences, especially surrounding the ways in which scientists engage with the environment on Indigenous Countries.


  • Doctor of Philosophy of Animal Physiological Ecology, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor (Honours) of Science (Advanced), The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science, The University of Queensland


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Featured Publications

Book Chapter

  • Hird, Coen (2022). Blinding whiteness. Griffith Review 77: Real Cool World. (pp. 225-235) Melbourne, VIC Australia: Text Publishing Company.

Journal Article

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