Dr Anja Divljan is a biologist with primary interests in population dynamics, ecology and morphology of Australian flying-foxes. Dr Divljan's research aims to aid the understanding of the biology and importance of these flying mammals in Australian ecosystems. Dr Divljan first joined the Museum as a volunteer when she started her PhD in 2004. Since then, through her daily work in mammal collections, Dr Divljan has developed a broader appreciation and interest for the diversity and morphology of Australia’s unique fauna.
Dr Divljan also has an interest in museum collections storage, logistics and planning. Dr Divljan recently worked as a Project Manager on two major relocations of the Australian Museum collections, one in 2016 when the off-site storage facility moved to the Museums Discovery Centre, Castle Hill, and in 2019 move of Cultural Collections to Cultural Collection Centre – Annexe, Rydalmere.
PhD, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia (2008). Population ecology of the Grey-headed Flying-fox, Pteropus poliocephalus: A study on the age-structure and the effects of mortality on a vulnerable species
Bachelor of Science (Biology) (Hons. Class 1), The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia (2004).
Australian Mammal Society (AMS)
Australasian Bat Society (ABS)
Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC)
Grants, awards and scholarships
2017 Australian Museum’s Employee of the Year
2008 Ku-ring-gai Bat Conservation Society Inc.
2006 Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
2005 Wildlife Preservation Society’s 2005 University Student Research Grant
- Parnaby H, Divljan A, Hoye G (2020) A review of the taxonomic status of the New Caledonia Wattled Bat Chalinolobus neocaledonicus Revilliod, 1914 (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) and Chalinolobus gouldii venatoris Thomas, 1908 from northern Australia. Zootaxa 4778 (1): 135-158.
- Eldridge MDB, Ingleby S, King AG, Mahony SV, Parnaby HE, Beatson CA, Divljan A, Frankham GJ, Hay AC, Major RE, Reader SE, Sadlier RA, Tsang L (2020) Australian Museum surveys of the vertebrate fauna of Coolah Tops National Park, NSW. Technical Reports of the Australian Museum, Online 30: 1-26.
- Smith HM, Neaves LE, Divljan A (2018) Predation on cicadas by an Australian Flying-fox Pteropus poliocephalus based on DNA evidence. Australian Zoologist In-Press doi: 10.7882/AZ.2018.029
- Neaves LE, Danks M, Lott MJ, Dennison S, Frankham GJ, King A, Eldridge MDB, Johnson RN, Divljan A (2018) Unmasking the complexity of species identification in Australasian flying-foxes. PLoS ONE 13(4): e0194908.
- Parnaby H, Ingleby S, Divljan A (2017) Type specimens of non-fossil mammals in the Australian Museum, Sydney. Records of the Australian Museum 69(5):277-420.
- Eldridge MDB, Divljan A, Ingleby S, Johnson RN, King AG, Major RE, Parnaby H, Tsang L (2017) The Australian Museum Lord Howe Island Expedition 2017—birds and mammals. Technical Reports of the Australian Museum 26: 25-43.
- Parry-Jones K, Webster K, Divljan A (2016) Baseline Levels of Faecal Glucocorticoid Metabolites and Indications of Chronic Stress in the Vulnerable Grey-headed Flying-fox, Pteropus poliocephalus. Australian Mammalogy 38(2): 195-203.
- Hume EF, Jordan D, Edson D, Morris S, Melville D, Parry-Jones K, Broos A, Divljan A, McMichael L, Davis R, Kung N, Kirkland P, Smith C (2015) Spatio-temporal aspects of Hendra virus infection in pteropid bats (flying-foxes) in eastern Australia. PLoS ONE 10(12): e0144055.
- Parnaby H, Ingleby S, Divljan A (2015) Taxonomic status of Podabrus albocaudatus Krefft, 1872 and declaration of Sminthopsis granulipes Troughton, 1932 (Marsupialia: Dasyuridae) as a protected name for the White-tailed Dunnart from Western Australia. Zootaxa 3904 (2): 283-292.
- Divljan A, Parry-Jones K, Wardle GM (2011) One-hundred-and-forty days in the life of a flying-fox tooth-fairy: estimating the age of pups using tooth eruption and replacement. Pp. 97-105 In Law, B, Eby, P, Lunney, D and Lumsden L (Eds) The Biology and Conservation of Australasian Bats. Royal Zoological Society of NSW, Mosman, NSW, Australia.
- Divljan A, Parry-Jones K, Griffith M, Whitney J, Burton N, Smith C, Wardle GM (2011) Practical solutions for capturing and processing Grey-headed Flying-foxes, Pteropus poliocephalus, based on a colony study at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. Pp. 168-174 In Law, B, Eby, P, Lunney, D and Lumsden L (Eds) The Biology and Conservation of Australasian Bats. Royal Zoological Society of NSW, Mosman, NSW, Australia.
- Divljan A, Parry-Jones K, Eby P (2011) Deaths and injuries to Grey-headed Flying-foxes, Pteropus poliocephalus shot at an orchard near Sydney, New South Wales. Australian Zoologist 35(3): 698-710.
- Divljan A, Parry-Jones K, Eby P (2009) Report on deaths and injuries to Grey-headed Flying-foxes, Pteropus poliocephalus shot in an orchard near Sydney, NSW.
- Plowright RK, Field HE, Smith C, Divljan, A, Palmer, C, Tabor, G, Daszak, P, Foley, JE (2008) Reproduction and nutritional stress are risk factors for Hendra virus infection in little red flying foxes (Pteropus scapulatus). Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 275(1636): 861-869.
- Divljan A, Parry-Jones K, Wardle GM (2006) Age determination in the grey-headed flying-fox. Journal of Wildlife Management 70(2): 607-611.