I am a PhD student at Deakin University’s Centre for Integrative Ecology, Melbourne, Australia. Previously, I have done research on different aspects of herpetofauna in Pakistan. Nowadays, I’m enjoying my incredible journey of exploring Australia’s wildlife. My current research projects in Australia include:


  • Consequences of Keystone Plant Decline for Reptiles
  • Impact of Agriculture Land Management on Reptile Assemblages in Chakwal Pakistan
  • Revealing the long-term impacts of habitat loss on nobbi dragon Diporiphora nobbi genetic diversity in fragmented landscapes of south-central New South Whales

Stay tuned to see amazing reptile adventures.




2017-Cont. PhD- School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Deakin University, Melbourne Burwood Campus.

2011-2013             M.Phil – Wildlife Management

PMAS-Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan

2009-2011             M. Sc. – Wildlife Management

PMAS-Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.


2014 –2016           Wildlife Biologist (Barari Forest Management, UAE)

2011 –2013           Assistant Curator (PMAS-Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi)

Research Experience

  • Conducted study on habitat degradation in Potohar and its impacts upon Reptiles life (Pakistan).
  • Survey on baseline data of mammals, birds and reptiles of Salt Range (Pakistan).
  • Diversity of amphibian and reptiles in different land management units of Chakwal, Pakistan.


1. S. Balouch, M. Rais, I. Hussain & A. Akram (2016). Squamate diversity in different croplands of district Chakwal, Punjab, Pakistan. Journal of King Saud University-Science (2016). Pp. 6.

2. M. Rais, S. Balouch, J. Rehman, M. Anwer, I. Hussain & T. Mehmood (2012). Diversity and Conservation of Amphibians and Reptiles in North Punjab, Pakistan. Herpetological Bulletin (2012): 16-25.

3. M. Rais, J. Rehman, S. Balouch, S. M. Ali & I. Hussain (2014). Short communication on the Herpetofauna in Loi Bher Wildlife Park, Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Taprobanica 6 (1): 56-58.

4. A. Akram, M. Rais, M. A. Assadi, M. J. Jillani, S. Balouch, M. Anwer & A. Saleem (2015). Do habitat variables correlate anuran abundance in arid terrain of Rawalpindi-Islamabad Areas, Pakistan. Journal of King Saud University-Science (2015) 27: 278-283.

5. M. Rais, S. Abbassi, T. Batool, M. J. Jillani, M. A. Assadi, H. Mubarak & S. Balouch (2014). A note on recapture of Nanorana vicina (anura: Amphibia) from Murree, Pakistan. The Journal of Animal and Plant Sciences, 24 (2): 2014. 455-458


Sara Balouch

PhD student

School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment