Dr Sreekar Rachakonda

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of the Environment
Faculty of Science


Sreekar’s research focuses on using ecological theory to inform conservation decision making. He is interested in a broad range of topics, including spatial conservation planning, evidence-based conservation policy, community assembly rules, extinction synergies, and land-use management. A big question that drives his research is how to address the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss. His current research is centred around studying the environmental risks associated with mining and mineral processing.

He serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Ecology and has spent the past 15 years at universities across Australia, China, Czechia, India and Singapore. Sreekar is an avid birder and enjoys this aspect of his work both professionally and recreationally.


  • Master (Extended), University of the Chinese Academy of Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Adelaide


  • Hua, Fangyuan, Wang, Weiyi, Nakagawa, Shinichi, Liu, Shuangqi, Miao, Xinran, Yu, Le, Du, Zhenrong, Abrahamczyk, Stefan, Arias-Sosa, Luis Alejandro, Buda, Kinga, Budka, Michał, Carrière, Stéphanie M., Chandler, Richard B., Chiatante, Gianpasquale, Chiawo, David O., Cresswell, Will, Echeverri, Alejandra, Goodale, Eben, Huang, Guohualing, Hulme, Mark F., Hutto, Richard L., Imboma, Titus S., Jarrett, Crinan, Jiang, Zhigang, Kati, Vassiliki I., King, David I., Kmecl, Primož, Li, Na, Lövei, Gábor L. ... Elsen, Paul R. (2024). Ecological filtering shapes the impacts of agricultural deforestation on biodiversity. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 8 (2), 251-266. doi: 10.1038/s41559-023-02280-w

  • Teo, Hoong Chen, Tan, Nicole Hui Li, Zheng, Qiming, Lim, Annabel Jia Yi, Sreekar, Rachakonda, Chen, Xiao, Zhou, Yuchuan, Sarira, Tasya Vadya, De Alban, Jose Don T, Tang, Hao, Friess, Daniel A. and Koh, Lian Pin (2023). Uncertainties in deforestation emission baseline methodologies and implications for carbon markets. Nature communications, 14 (1) 8277, 8277. doi: 10.1038/s41467-023-44127-9

  • Watson, James E. M., Venegas‐Li, Ruben, Grantham, Hedley, Dudley, Nigel, Stolton, Sue, Rao, Madhu, Woodley, Stephen, Hockings, Marc, Burkart, Karl, Simmonds, Jeremy S., Sonter, Laura J., Sreekar, Rachakonda, Possingham, Hugh P. and Ward, Michelle (2023). Priorities for protected area expansion so nations can meet their Kunming‐Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework commitments. Integrative Conservation, 2 (3), 140-155. doi: 10.1002/inc3.24

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