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Dr Eddie van Etten

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5566, Mobile: 0418903983, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO19.335
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5566
Mobile: 0418903983
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.335  


Eddie is a Senior Lecturer in Ecology within the School of Science.

Current Teaching

  • SCM3204 - Ecosystem Management 
  • SCI2115 - Ecological Restoration
  • SCI5125 - Forest Ecology and Management
  • SCI5110 - Waste Management
  • SCI2269 - Silviculture
  • SCI1186 - Understanding Pollution

Professional Memberships

  • Ecological Society of Australia
  • International Association of Vegetation Science
  • Association for Fire Ecology
  • Institute of Foresters of Australia

Awards and Recognition


  • 2000 - Awarded Chancellor's Commendation (Curtin University) for PhD.

Research Areas and Interests

  • Terrestrial plant ecology and management in arid zones, urban areas, and forested ecosystems, including fire ecology/management and ecosystem restoration
  • Fire Ecology
  • Vegetation Analysis and Mapping
  • Restoration Ecology
  • Arid Zone Ecology
  • Urban Ecology


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Curtin University of Technology, 2000.
  • Master of Applied Science, Curtin University of Technology, 1987.
  • Bachelor of Science, The University of Melbourne, 1985.


Recent Research Grants

  • Population Ecology and Genetics of Conospermum undulatum,  Department of Parks and Wildlife WA,  Grant,  2016 - 2020,  $69,500.
  • Improving conservation outcomes for the threatened species Conospermum Undulatum and the threatened ecological community SCP20a. ,  Department of Parks and Wildlife WA,  Scholarships to Support Industry Engagement PhD Projects,  2016 - 2020,  $69,500.
  • Assessing restoration success using reptiles and small mammals,  Gundawa Regional Conservation Association,  Small Grant Scheme,  2017 - 2019,  $39,500.
  • Refining predictive models for improved conservation of the endangered Northern Quoll in the Pilbara,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2014 (Round 2),  2014 - 2016,  $135,656.
  • Using animal behaviour as a bio-indicator of restoration quality,  Equity Trustees Limited,  Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment,  2015 - 2016,  $6,000.
  • Ecohydrological Habitat Characterisation and Modelling to Improve Restoration Prioritisation and Outcomes within Former Pine Plantation Areas of the Gnangara Mound, Western Australia,  Department of Parks and Wildlife WA,  Grant,  2011 - 2016,  $146,314.
  • Impacts of fire on semi-arid shrubland birds,  Gundawa Regional Conservation Association,  Small Grant Scheme,  2014 - 2015,  $20,000.
  • Understanding the trophic ecology and impact of feral cats in Australia?s rangelands,  ANZ Executors and Trustee Company Limited,  Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment,  2013 - 2014,  $6,500.
  • Topsoil Assessment for Roy Hill Project Area,  Roy Hill Infrastructure Pty LTD,  Grant,  2013 - 2014,  $56,875.
  • Fire and establishment of Jarrah seedlings in shelterwood,  Department of Conservation and Land Management,  Grant,  2006 - 2013,  $75,000.
  • Assesment of Topsoil For Restoration in the Northern Goldfields Region,  Toro Energy Ltd,  Grant,  2010 - 2011,  $14,957.
  • Response of Vegetation to Fire Frequency on Charles Darwin Reserve,  Bush Heritage Australia,  Grant,  2011,  $10,000.
  • Monitoring of Soil for Herbicide Residues in Urban Parks and Bushland Reserves,  City of Joondalup,  Grant,  2009,  $9,620.
  • Vegetation Study and Interpretation for Mt Gibson Sanctuary,  Australian Wildlife Conservancy,  Grant,  2008 - 2009,  $7,272.
  • Rehabilitation of Kemerton Silica Sands Dredge Ponds: Natural Wetland Characterisation,  Kemerton Silica Sand Pty Ltd,  Grant,  2007 - 2008,  $17,898.
  • Rehabilitation of Kemerton Silica Sands Dredge Ponds: Rehabilitation Assessment Improvement,  Kemerton Silica Sand Pty Ltd,  Grant,  2007 - 2008,  $32,472.
  • Fire management implications for the wetlands on the Swan Coastal Plain,  Fire and Emergency Services Authority of WA,  Grant,  2006 - 2008,  $58,850.
  • Development of a Rehabilitation Plan for the Dredge Ponds of the Kemerton Silica Sand Pty Ltd Operational Site,  Kemerton Silica Sand Pty Ltd,  Grant,  2006 - 2008,  $10,111.
  • Grasstrees and mining: understanding the distribution of Xanthorrhoea preissii in the jarrah forest and the potential impact of bauxite mining,  Alcoa of Australia Ltd,  Grant,  2006 - 2008,  $10,000.
  • Investigating the Tuarts of the lower Moore River,  Department of Conservation and Land Management,  Grant,  2006 - 2007,  $10,000.
  • Vegetation studies of eastern goldfields - Kalgoorlie,  Placer Dome Asia Pacific Pty Ltd,  Grant,  2005 - 2006,  $28,000.
  • Community involvement - how can it make tropical forest management sustainable?,  International Tropical Timber Organisation,  Grant,  2000 - 2002,  $14,500.
  • Improvement of Pines for revegetating the intermediate rainfall zone of Western Australia's wheatbelt.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2002,  $40,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Frimpong, K., Van Etten, E., Oosthuizen, J., Nunfam, V., (2016), Heat exposure on farmers in Northeast Ghana. International Journal of Biometeorology: the description, causes, and implications of climatic change, early online(early online), 10p., DOI: 10.1007/s00484-016-1219-7.
  • Frimpong, K., Van Etten, E., Oosthuizen, J., (2016), Barriers of adaptation to heat stress in Northeast Ghana. The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, 8(2), 53-65, DOI: 10.18848/1835-7156/CGP.
  • Knuckey, C., Van Etten, E., Doherty, T., (2016), Effects of long-term fire exclusion and frequent fire on plant community composition: A case study from semi-arid shrublands. Austral Ecology, 41(8), 964?975, Australia, DOI: 10.1111/aec.12388.
  • Molloy, S., Davis, R., Van Etten, E., (2016), Incorporating field studies into species distribution and climate change modelling: a case study of the koomal Trichosurus vulpecula hypoleucus (Phalangeridae). PLoS One, 11(4), Article No. e0154161, San Francisco, USA, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0154161.
  • Sutomo, ., Van Etten, E., Wahab, L., (2016), Proof of Acacia nilotica stand expansion in Bekol Savanna, Baluran National Park, East Java, Indonesia through remote sensing and field observations. Biodiversitas, 17(1), 96-101, Surakarta, Indonesia, DOI: 10.13057/biodiv/d170114.
  • Davis, R., Doherty, T., Van Etten, E., Radford, JQ., Holmes, F., Knuckey, C., Davis, B., (2016), Conserving long unburnt vegetation is important for bird species, guilds and diversity. Biodiversity and Conservation, 25(13), 2709-2722, DOI: 10.1007/s10531-016-1196-5.
  • Doherty, T., Van Etten, E., Davis, R., Knuckey, C., Radford, J., Dalgleish, S., (2016), Ecosystem responses to fire: identifying cross-taxa conflicts and complementarities to inform management strategies. Ecosystems, article in press(article in press), 13, New York, DOI: 10.1007/s10021-016-0082-z.
  • Molloy, S., Davis, R., Van Etten, E., (2016), An evaluation and comparison of spatial modelling applications for the management of biodiversity: a case study on the fragmented landscapes of south-western Australia. Pacific Conservation Biology, 22(4), 338-349, DOI: 10.1071/PC16006.
  • Cargill, J., Van Etten, E., Whitford, K., McCaw, L., Stock, W., (2016), A refined method for estimating capsule crops in individual jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata) crowns. Australian Forestry, 79(3), 208-216, DOI: 10.1080/00049158.2016.1218264.
  • Doherty, T., Davis, R., Van Etten, E., Collier, N., Krawiec, J., (2015), Response of a shrubland mammal and reptile community to a history of landscape-scale wildfire. International Journal of Wildland Fire, 24(4), 534-543, DOI: 10.1071/WF14115.
  • Doherty, T., Davis, R., Van Etten, E., Algar, D., Collier, N., Dickman, C., Edwards, G., Masters, P., Palmer, R., Robinson, S., (2015), A continental-scale analysis of feral cat diet in Australia. Journal of Biogeography, 42(5), 964-975, Oxford, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1111/jbi.12469.
  • Doherty, T., Davis, R., Van Etten, E., (2015), A game of cat-and-mouse: microhabitat influences rodent foraging in recently burnt but not long unburnt shrublands. Journal of Mammalogy, 96(2), 324-331, United States, DOI: 10.1093/jmammal/gyv034.
  • Frimpong, K., Van Etten, E., Oosthuizen, J., Fannam, VN., (2015), Review of climate change adaptation and social protection policies of Ghana: The extent of reducing impacts of climate change and heat stress vulnerability of smallholder farmers. International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development, 6(4), 1-14, Hershey, USA, DOI: 10.4018/IJSESD.2015100101.
  • Dalgleish, S., Van Etten, E., Stock, W., Knuckey, C., (2015), Fuel dynamics and vegetation recovery after fire in a semiarid Australian shrubland. International Journal of Wildland Fire, 24(5), 613-623, Clayton, Victoria, Australia, DOI: 10.1071/WF14128.
  • Van Etten, E., McCullough, C., Lund, M., (2014), Setting goals and choosing appropriate reference sites for restoring mine pit lakes as aquatic ecosystems: case study from south west Australia. Transactions of the Institutions of Mining and Metallurgy Section A: Mining Technology, 123(1), 9-19, DOI: 10.1179/1743286313Y.0000000051.
  • Frimpong, K., Oosthuizen, J., Van Etten, E., (2014), Recent trends in temperature and relative humidity in Bawku East, Northern Ghana. Journal of Geography and Geology, 6(2), 69-81, Canada, DOI: 10.5539/jgg.v6n2p69.
  • Frimpong, K., Oosthuizen, J., Van Etten, E., (2014), The extent of heat on health and sustainable farming in Ghana - Bawku East. Sustainable agriculture research, 3(3), 56-64, Canada, DOI: 10.5539/sar.v3n3p56.
  • Van Etten, E., Neasham, B., Dalgleish, S., (2014), Soil seed banks of fringing salt lake vegetation in arid Western Australia - density, composition and implications for post-mine restoration using topsoil. Ecological Management and Restoration, 15(3), 239-242, DOI: 10.1111/emr.12119.
  • Frimpong, K., Oosthuizen, J., Van Etten, E., (2014), Experiences of heat stress vulnerability and climate change among farmers in Ghana. Journal of Environment and Earth Science, 4(17), 100-110.
  • Van Etten, E., (2013), Changes to land tenure and pastoral lease ownership in Western Australia's central rangelands: Implications for co-operative, landscape-scale management. The Rangeland Journal, 35(1), 37-46, DOI: 10.1071/RJ11088.
  • Scott, R., Van Etten, E., (2013), Environmental and conservation volunteering as workplace integrated learning for university students. Issues in Educational Research, 23(2), 242-257, Rockingham, Western Australia.
  • 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, 41(2), 176-186, DOI: 10.1017/S0376892913000337.
  • Calvino-Cancela, M., Rubido-Bara, M., Van Etten, E., (2012), Do eucalypt plantations provide habitat for native forest biodiversity?. Forest Ecology and Management, 270(15 April), 153-162, DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2012.01.019.
  • Van Etten, E., McCullough, C., Lund, M., (2012), Importance of topography and topsoil selection and storage in successfully rehabilitating post-closure sand mines featuring pit lakes. Transactions of the Institutions of Mining and Metallurgy Section A: Mining Technology, 121(3), 139-150, DOI: 10.1179/1743286312Y.0000000017.
  • Prober, S., Thiele, K., Rundel, P., Yates, C., Berry, S., Byrne, M., Christidis, L., Gosper, C., Grierson, P., Lemson, K., Lyons, T., Macfarlane, C., O'Connor, M., Scott, J., Standish, R., Stock, W., Van Etten, E., Wardell-Johnson, G., Watson, A., (2012), Facilitating adaptation of biodiversity to climate change: a conceptual framework applied to the world?s largest Mediterranean-climate woodland. Climatic Change: an interdisciplinary, international journal devoted to the description, causes and implications of climatic change, 110(1-2), 227?248, DOI: 10.1007/s10584-011-0092-y.

Conference Publications

  • Ashby, A., Van Etten, E., Lund, M., (2016), Pitfalls of gold mine sites in care and maintenance. Mine Closure 2016: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Mine Closure, 313-324, Crawley, Western Australia.
  • Lund, M., Van Etten, E., McCullough, C., (2013), Importance of catchment vegetation and design to long-term rehabilitation of acidic pit lakes. Proceedings of the International Mine Water Association Conference 2013, II(August 6-9, 2013), 1029-1034, Wendelstein, Germany.
  • Scott, R., Van Etten, E., (2013), University student volunteering alignment with sustainability principles. 13th International Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) Conference Proceedings, 10 p., Online.
  • Scott, R., Van Etten, E., (2012), Workplace Integrated Learning, Environmental Volunteering or Service Learning?. ECULTURE 2012: Illuminating Our Practice, paper #8, Perth, Australia.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Science (Environmental Management),  Death Of Mulga (acacia Aneura) Adjacent To Haul Roads In The Northern Goldfields Western Australia.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  An Appraisal Of Experiences Of Climate Change And Adaptive Response To Heat Stress By Farmers In Rural Ghana
  • Master of Science (Biological Sciences),  Spatial And Temporal Patterns (1973-2012) Of Bushfire In An Arid To Semi-arid Region Of Western Australia
  • Master of Science (Environmental Management),  Environmental Correlates And Associates Of Tuart Decline.
  • Master of Science (Environmental Management),  Alternative Rehabilitation Techniques And Sustainable Outcomes From Mining Using Appropriate Enviornmental Management And Mine Closure Planning In Arid Region Of Wa.

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Applying The Principles Of Spatial Modelling To The Management Of Biodiversity In The Fragmented Landscapes Of South-western Australia.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Ecology Of Feral Cats Felis Catus And Their Prey In Relation To Shrubland Fire Regimes

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Fate Of Eucalyptus Marginata Seed From Canopy-store To Emergence In The Northern Jarrah Forests Of Western Australia: Research To Help Improve Regeneration Following Shelterwood Treatment.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Bio-inspired Surface Engineering For Hydrophobicity.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Impacts Of Artisanal And Large Scale Gold Mining On Tropical Rivers In West Africa: A Case Study From The Brong Ahafo Region Of Ghana.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Identifying Plant Functional Traits To Assist Ecological Intervention In A Drying Landscape
  • Master of Science (Environmental Management),  Defining Appropriate Options For Post-closure Land Use Of Tamala Park Landfill: A Community Participation Process, Western Australia
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