Holly Barclay

School of Science

Primary: holly.barclay@monash.edu
Secondary: +603 5515 9681
Room 4-8-40

Dr Holly Barclay was awarded a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Natural Sciences by the University of Cambridge, UK and then undertook her PhD in Zoology at the same university studying the ecology of freshwater mussels in China as part of a World Bank/GEF lake restoration project.  After a short postdoctoral period she took up the position as a lecturer in the School of Science at Monash in 2014.  Dr Barclay's main research interest is the ecology and conservation of freshwater biodiversity in SE Asia, although she is increasingly also interested in studying the effectiveness of sustainability certification schemes on agricultural management practices. Her current research focuses on the effects of land use change on the ecology and biodiversity of aquatic invertebrate communities in Malaysian waterways and potential management strategies for mitigating these impacts.


Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology, University of Cambridge, 2010

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge, 2005


Freshwater ecology and conservation

Research Interests

  • Ecology and conservation of freshwater biodiversity in SE Asia
  • Effectiveness of sustainability certification schemes on agricultural management practices


  • SCI1800 (Environmental Science: A Southeast Asian Perspective)
  • BIO3800 (Tropical Environmental Management)

Scholarly Journals

Rory Padfield, Sune Hansen, Zoe Georgina Davies, Albrecht Ehrensperger, Eleanor Slade, Stephanie Evers, Effie Papargyropoulou, Cécile Bessou, Norhayati Abdullah, Susan Page, Marc Ancrenaz, Paul Aplin, Dzulkafli Shahirah Balqis, Holly Barclay, Darshanaa Chellaiah, Samantha Conway, Sarah Cook, Alison Copeland, Ahimsa Camposarceiz, Nicolas Deere, Simon Leo Mitchell, Simon Drew, David Gilvear, Ross Gray, Tobias Haller, Amelia St Clair Hood, Lee Kim Huat, Nhat Huynh, Nagulendran Kangayatkarasu, Lian Pin Koh, Sananth Kumaran, Robin Ah Hee Lim, Yeong Kok Loong, Jennifer Marie Lucey, Sarah Luke, Marvin Joseph Montefrio, Katherine Mullin, Anand Nainar, Anna Nekaris, Vincent Nijman, Siti Nurhidayu, Patrick O'Reilly, Chong Leong Puan, Nadine Ruppert, Hengky Salim, Greetje Schouten, Anne Tallontire, Thomas Smith, Hsiao-Hang Tao, Mun Hou Tham, Helena Varkkey, Jamie Wadey, Catherine Mary Yule, Badrul Azhar, Alexender Sayok, Charles Vairappan, Jake Bicknell, Matthew John Struebig. 2019. Co-producing a research agenda for sustainable palm oil. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, 2, 13. .

Sarah H Luke, Andreas Dwi Advento, Anak Agung Ketut Aryawan, Dwi Nugroho Adhy, Adham Ashton-Butt, Holly Barclay, Jassica Prajna Dewi, Julia Drewer, Alex J Dumbrell, Edi Edi, Amy Elizabeth Eycott, Martina F Harianja, Julie K Hinsch, Amelia St Clair Hood, Candra Kurniawan, David J Kurz, Darren J Mann, Kirsty J Matthews Nicholass, Mohammad Naim, Michael D Pashkevich, Graham W Prescott, Sudharto Ps, Pujianto Pujianto, Dedi Purnomo, Rizky Rajabillah Purwoko, Syafrisar Putra, T Dzulfikar S Rambe, Eleanor M Slade, Soeprapto Soeprapto, Dakota M Spear, Suhardi Suhardi, David JX Tan, Hsiao-Hang Tao, Ribka Sionita Tarigan, Resti Wahyuningsih, Helen S Waters, Rudi Harto Widodo, Whendy Whendy, Christopher R Woodham, Jean-Pierre Caliman, Jake L Snaddon, William A Foster, Edgar C Turner. 2019. Managing oil palm plantations more sustainably: large-scale experiments within the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function in Tropical Agriculture (BEFTA) Programme. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, 2, 75

Henderite L Ohee, Puguh Sujarta, Suriani Br Surbakti, Holly Barclay. 2018. Rapid expansion and biodiversity impacts of the red devil cichlid (Amphilophus labiatus, Günther 1864) in Lake Sentani, Papua, Indonesia. Biodiversitas Journal of Biological Diversity, 19(6), 2096-2103.

Holly Barclay, Claudia L Gray, Sarah H Luke, E Turner. RSPO Manual on Best Management Practices (BMPs) for the Management and Rehabilitation of Riparian Reserves. 2(17011.22561).

Sarah H Luke, Holly Barclay, Kawi Bidin, Vun Khen Chey, Robert M Ewers, William A Foster, Anand Nainar, Marion Pfeifer, Glen Reynolds, Edgar C Turner, Rory PD Walsh, David C Aldridge. 2017. The effects of catchment and riparian forest quality on stream environmental conditions across a tropical rainforest and oil palm landscape in Malaysian Borneo. Ecohydrology, 10(4), e1827.

Sulai, P., Nurhidayu, S., Aziz, N., Zakaria, M., Barclay, H., Azhar, B., 2015. Effects of water quality in oil palm production landscapes on tropical waterbirds in Peninsular Malaysia. Ecological Research 30, 941–949. doi:10.1007/s11284-015-1297-8

WA Foster, JL Snaddon, AD Advento, AA Agung, H Barclay, JP Caliman, C Kumiawan, DJ Kurz, DJ Mann, M Naim, DP Pujianto, T Dzulfikar, Eleanor M Slade, SUHARDI Soeprapto, S Suhardi, PS Suhardto, ST Ribka, W Resti, HW Rudi, EC Turner. 2014. The biodiversity and ecosystem function in tropical agriculture (BEFTA) project. The Planter, 90(1061), 581-591.

Browning, L.E., Young, C.M., Savage, J.L., Russell, D.J.F., Barclay, H., Griffith, S.C. & Russell, A.F. (2012) Carer provisioning rules in an obligate cooperative breeder: prey type, size and delivery rate. Behavioural Ecology & Sociobiology, 66, 1639-1649.

Russell, A.F., Portelli, D.J., Russell, D.J.F. & Barclay, H. (2010) Breeding ecology of the Chestnut-crowned Babbler: a cooperative breeder in the desert. Emu, 110, 324-331.

Portelli, D.J., Barclay, H., Russell, D. J. F., Griffith, S. C. & Russell, A.F. (2009) Social organisation and foraging ecology of the cooperatively breeding Chestnut-crowned Babbler (Pomatostomus ruficeps). Emu109, 153-162.

Research Grants

  • An updated assessment of the status and major threats to wetlands in Peninsular Malaysia (2019-2020
  • New technologies for monitoring fine sediment pollution (2018-2020)
  • A systematic approach to prioritisation of freshwater ecosystems for sustainable management in Peninsular Malaysia (2018-2019)

PhD students (Completed)

  1. Darshanaa Chellaiah - Impacts of riparian vegetation on stream ecology in oil palm plantations in Borneo
  2. Vishalini Ghobe - Ecology of aquatic invertebrates in North Selangor Peat Swamp Forest, Selangor, Malaysia

PhD students (Present)


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