Associate Professor Dylan Korczynskyj
Course Coordinator, Science
BSc (Hons, zoology), PhD (plant ecology)
Phone: 9433 0107
Dylan Korczynskyj's research sits within the field of ecology, with publications in areas including ecophyisology, fire ecology and plant phenology. He also has research interests in practice-based and work-integrated learning and teaching.
Dylan joined Notre Dame in 2003 to support the development of the Bachelor of Science. Then with the establishment of the School of Arts and Science in 2006 he contributed more broadly to the University and School in several leadership roles including Dean of the School from 2009 to 2014. Dylan returned to the Science Program as Course Coordinator in 2015.
Shaping his research and academic experience, Dylan has taught into the Environmental Biology program at Curtin University, worked in a technical role at Agriculture WA and supported research by the Department Conservation and Land Management. Dylan continues to be an active member of the Ecological Society of Australia and volunteers as a member of the governing body of Lance Holt School, Fremantle.
Australian ecology and environmental issues
Plant and animal ecophysiology
Field and experimental approaches in science
Research expertise and supervision
Research interests span plant and animal biology and ecology including interactions with fire and environmental disturbance. Dylan has supported Honours, Masters and PhD students studying a wide range of topics from plant ecology and ecophysiology to work on marine systems, impacts of river sedimentation and use of wetlands to ameliorate polluting effects of industry.
Lamont, B., Ward, D., Eldridge, J., Korczynskyj, D., Colangelo, W., Fordham, C., Clememts, E. & Wittkuhn, R. (2002). Believing the balga: a new method for gauging the fire history of vegetation using grasstrees. In I. Abbott, N. Burrows, MD Fox &.AS George (Ed.), Fire in south-western Australia ecosystems: impacts and management (pp146–169). Leiden, The Netherlands: Backhuys.
Journal articles and proceedings
- Korczynskyj, D. (2015). Book Review. How to Do Ecology: A Concise Handbook. Austral Ecology, 40(5), 4-5. doi: 10.1111/aec.12245
- Douglas, R., Korczynskyj, D., & Koch, J. (2011). Re-establishing the cycad Macrozamia riedlei following mining. Journal of the Australian Network for Plant Conservation, 19(3), 11-12.
- Korczynskyj, D. (2007). The evolution of grasstree phenology: questioning the fit of an established theory for Australia’s Mediterranean vegetation. Proceedings of the MEDECOS XI Conference (eds. D. Rokich, G. Wardell-Johnson, C. Yates, J. Stevens, K. Dixon, R. McLellan & G. Moss), Kings Park and Botanic Garden: Perth, Australia.
- Korczynskyj, D. & Lamont, B. (2005). Grasstree (Xanthorrhoea preissii) recovery after fire in two seasons and habitats. Australian Journal of Botany, 53(6), 509-515. doi:10.1071/BT05006
- Korczynskyj, D. & Lamont, B. (2005). Grasstree (Xanthorrhoea preissii) leaf growth in relation to seasonal and water availability. Austral Ecology, 30(7), 765-774. doi:10.1111/j.1442-9993.2005.01517.x
- Lamont, B.B., Wittkuhn, R. & Korczynskyj, D. (2004). Turner Review no. 8. Ecology and ecophysiology of grasstrees. Australian Journal of Botany, 52(5), 561-582. doi:10.1071/BT03127
In the media
- Taylor, R. (2017, January 2). Climate change could be behind growth of bird's wing length, researchers say. ABC News. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-02/growing-parrot-wingspan-could-be-due-to-climate-change/8152602
- Ecological Society of Australia (2016, Dec 1). Birds' wings growing to help escape the heat? Media release.https://www.ecolsoc.org.au/birds%E2%80%99-wings-growing-help-escape-heat
- The Record (2016, September 8). Notre Dame students experience the world and help those in need in Timor-Leste. http://www.therecord.com.au/news/local/notre-dame-students-experience-the-world-and-help-those-in-need-in-timor-leste/
- Korczynskyj, D. (2012, March 14).Evolution's intriguing nexus with young earth. The Record, p.17.
Higher Education Research Development Society Australia (since 2013)
Ecological Society of Australia (since 1998)
Royal Society of Western Australia (since 2001)
International Association for Ecology (since 2005)
- Science in Art Tour guide for the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts’ exhibition, When the Sky Fell: Legacies of the 1967 Referendum. 2017 National Science Week.
- Presentation for Birdlife WA (Using museum specimens to answer questions about biological change in space and time: a case study of the Australian ringneck parrots), 2017.
- Member of the Lance Holt School Council (governing body), 2012-16.
- Judge for the Western Australian Young Scientist of the Year Awards, 2009.
- Co-facilitator of the photo-story exhibition, The Colours of Courage - faces of hope, agents of change. Notre Dame/Caritas Australia, 2009.
- 2011, Vice Chancellor Award for Initiative that enhance student learning (Notre Dame-Caritas Immersion Team)
- 2009, Australian Government, Australian Learning & Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (Aboriginal Youth and Community Wellbeing Team)
- 2001, WA Children’s Week award recognising contribution to young people.