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Dr Robert Davis

Lecturer in Vertebrate Biology

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5446, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO19.351
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  6304 5446  
Facsimile: (61 8)  6304 5509  
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.351  


Current Teaching

  • SCI2370 Wildlife Management
  • SCB2424 Animal Diversity
  • SCI2101 Australian Animals
  • SCI1185 Ecology


  • 2009-present: Lecturer, School of Natural Sciences, Edith Cowan University
  • 2008: Casual lecturer, Biology, Charles Sturt University, NSW
  • 2006-2008: Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Animal Biology, The University of Western Australia
  • 2000-2008: Co-director, Western Wildlife, Self-founded environmental consultancy specialising in fauna surveys for environmental impact assessment.
  • 1998: Research Officer, Department of Zoology, The University of Western Australia.

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the Linnean Society of London
  • Birds Australia
  • Society for Conservation Biology
  • Australian Society of Herpetologists
  • Ecological Society of Australia
  • Royal Society of WA
  • WA Naturalists Association

Research Areas and Interests

  • Climate change impacts on endemic species
  • Ecology in fragmented landscapes
  • Amphibian ecology
  • Impacts of feral fauna predation on native animals
  • Threatening processes such as fire and phytophthora dieback and their affect on fauna
  • Feeding ecology of shorebirds at salt production sites
  • Island ecology and conservation

Robert's research also focuses on the impacts of climate change on vernal pool breeding amphibians in south-west WA.

Staff Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Western Australia, 2005 .


Recent Research Grants

  • Impacts of fire on semi-arid shrubland birds,  Gundawa Regional Conservation Association,  Small Grant Scheme,  2014 - 2015,  $20,000.
  • Dampier Salts sites and ponds and their importance for migratory and other shorebirds,  Dampier Salt Limited Perth Division,  Grant-Dampsalt,  2010 - 2014,  $394,997.
  • Postgraduate funding support for Impacts of feral fauna predation on ground-dwelling native species at Charles Darwin Reserve,  Earthwatch Institute,  Earthwatch Institute - Grant,  2011 - 2014,  $126,500.
  • Value of revegetation for Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo,  Birds Australia Western Australia Inc,  Grant,  2011 - 2014,  $36,000.
  • Impacts of Fire on Reptiles in King's Park,  Botanic Parks and Gardens Authority,  Grant,  2009 - 2011,  $34,190.
  • Understanding the trophic ecology and impact of feral cats in Australia?s rangelands,  ANZ Executors and Trustee Company Limited,  Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment,  2014,  $6,500.
  • The population genetic structure of Ctenotus fallens in urban habitat fragments,  Botanic Parks and Gardens Authority,  Grant,  2012 - 2013,  $8,000.
  • Movement Ecology of Carnaby's Black Cockatoo,  Birds Australia Western Australia Inc,  Grant,  2010 - 2012,  $82,855.
  • Impacts of feral fauna predation on ground-dwelling native species at Charles Darwin Reserve,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2010,  $146,984.
  • Climate Change Impacts on Amphibians of South West WA; Will Frogs Survive a Drying Climate?,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant,  2009 - 2010,  $24,812.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Molloy, S., Davis, R., Van Etten, E., (2013), Species distribution modelling using bioclimatic variables to determine the impacts of a changing climate on the western ringtail possum (Pseudocheirus occidentalis; Pseudocheiridae). Environmental Conservation, N/A(N/A), N/A, DOI: 10.1017/S0376892913000337.
  • Davis, R., Wilcox, JA., (2013), Adapting to suburbia: bird ecology on an urban-bushland interface in Perth, Western Australia. Pacific Conservation Biology, 19(2), 110-120.
  • Bertzeletos, D., Davis, R., Horwitz, P., (2012), Importance of Lake MacLeod, northwestern Australia, to shorebirds: a review and update. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia, 95(1), 115-124, Australia.
  • Davis, R., Gole, C., Roberts, J., (2012), Impacts of urbanisation on the native avifauna of Perth, Western Australia. Urban Ecosystems, 16(3), 427-452, DOI: 10.1007/s11252-012-0275-y.
  • Davis, R., Roberts, JD., (2011), Survival and population size of the frog heleioporus albopunctatus in a highly modified, agricultural landscape. Copeia, 2011(3), 423-429, DOI: 10.1643/CE-09-133.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Science (Biological Sciences),  Food Resource Availability For Carnaby's Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus Latirostris On The Swan Coastal Plain..
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