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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

  • Improving conservation outcomes for the threatened species Conospermum Undulatum and the threatened ecological community SCP20a. ,  Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions WA,  Scholarships to Support Industry Engagement PhD Projects,  2016 - 2020,  $69,500.
  • Population Ecology and Genetics of Conospermum undulatum,  Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions 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 - 2018,  $34,000.
  • Ecological Integration of Exotic Species ? A Comparison between Spain & South West Australia,  Edith Cowan University,  Edith Cowan University, School of Science Collaborative Research Grant Scheme, 2016 ? 2017,  2016 - 2017,  $20,800.
  • 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.
  • Ecohydrological Habitat Characterisation and Modelling to Improve Restoration Prioritisation and Outcomes within Former Pine Plantation Areas of the Gnangara Mound, Western Australia,  Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions WA,  Botanic Parks and Gardens - Grant,  2011 - 2016,  $146,314.
  • Using animal behaviour as a bio-indicator of restoration quality,  Ecological Society of Australia,  Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment,  2015 - 2016,  $6,000.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • Sutomo, ., Van Etten, E., (2018), Spatial and temporal patterns of fires in tropical savannas of Indonesia. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 39(2), 281?299, John Wiley & Sons, DOI: 10.1111/sjtg.12243.
  • Doherty, T., Van Etten, E., Davis, R., Knuckey, C., Radford, J., Dalgleish, S., (2017), Ecosystem responses to fire: identifying cross-taxa conflicts and complementarities to inform management strategies. Ecosystems, 20(5), 872-884, New York, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s10021-016-0082-z.
  • Sutomo, ., Van Etten, E., (2017), Species distribution model of invasive alien species Acacia nilotica for Central-Eastern Indonesia using Biodiversity Climate Change Virtual Laboratory (BCCVL). Tropical Drylands, 1(1), 36-42, Indonesia, Society for Indonesian Biodiversity, DOI: 10.13057/tropdrylands/t010106.
  • Van Etten, E., Fox, JE., (2017), Vegetation - environment relationships of the Hamersley Ranges, a mountainous desert of north-west Australia. Folia Geobotanica, 52(2), 161-173, Dordrecht, Netherlands, Springer Netherlands, DOI: 10.1007/s12224-016-9269-5.
  • Molloy, S., Davis, R., Dunlop, J., Van Etten, E., (2017), Applying surrogate species presences to correct sample bias in species distribution models: a case study using the Pilbara population of the Northern Quoll. Nature Conservation, 18(May 2017), 27-46, Sofia, Bulgaria, Pensoft Publishers, DOI: 10.3897/natureconservation.18.12235.
  • Prescott, S., Larcombe, D., Logan, A., West, C., Burks, W., Caraballo, L., Levin, M., Van Etten, E., Horwitz, P., Kozyrskyj, A., Campbell, DE., (2017), The skin microbiome: impact of modern environments on skin ecology, barrier integrity, and systemic immune programming. The World Allergy Organization Journal, 10(29), 16p., BioMed Central, DOI: 10.1186/s40413-017-0160-5.
  • Frimpong, K., Van Etten, E., Oosthuizen, J., Nunfam, V., (2017), Heat exposure on farmers in Northeast Ghana. International Journal of Biometeorology: the description, causes, and implications of climatic change, 61(3), 397-406, Springer New York LLC, DOI: 10.1007/s00484-016-1219-7.
  • 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, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc., DOI: 10.1111/aec.12388.
  • 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, Springer Netherlands, DOI: 10.1007/s10531-016-1196-5.
  • Byrne, M., Koenders, A., Rogerson, K., Sampson, J., Van Etten, E., (2016), Genetic and morphological analysis of multi-stemmed plants of tuart (Eucalyptus gomphocephala). Australian Journal of Botany, 64(8), 704-714, CSIRO, DOI: 10.1071/BT16091.
  • 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, Taylor and Francis Ltd., DOI: 10.1080/00049158.2016.1218264.
  • 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, Public Library of Science, 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, Universitas Sebelas Maret, DOI: 10.13057/biodiv/d170114.
  • 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, Common Ground Publishing, DOI: 10.18848/1835-7156/CGP.
  • 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, CSIRO, DOI: 10.1071/PC16006.
  • 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, Allen Press Inc., DOI: 10.1093/jmammal/gyv034.
  • 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, CSIRO Publishing, DOI: 10.1071/WF14128.
  • 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, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1111/jbi.12469.
  • 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.
  • 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, IGI global, DOI: 10.4018/IJSESD.2015100101.
  • 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, Blackwell Publishing, DOI: 10.1111/emr.12119.
  • Molloy, S., Davis, R., Van Etten, E., (2014), 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, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/S0376892913000337.
  • 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, Canadian Center of Science and Education, DOI: 10.5539/sar.v3n3p56.
  • 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, IISTE.
  • 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, Canadian Center of Science and Education, DOI: 10.5539/jgg.v6n2p69.
  • 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, Maney Publishing, DOI: 10.1179/1743286313Y.0000000051.
  • 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, Western Australian Institute for Educational Research.
  • 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, CSIRO Publishing, DOI: 10.1071/RJ11088.

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, Australian Centre for Geomechanics.
  • 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, International Mine Water Assoc.
  • 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, Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS).

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,  Ecology Of Savanna Ecosystems In Indonesia
  • 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
  • Master of Science (Environmental Management),  Within-fire Patchiness Associated With Prescribed Burning In The Northern Jarrah Forests Of Western Australia

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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