Research Areas and Interests
Dr Robert Davis
Lecturer in Vertebrate Biology
Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5446, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO19.351
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- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- 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, 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
- Master of Science (Biological Sciences), Food Resource Availability For Carnaby's Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus Latirostris On The Swan Coastal Plain..