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Dr Robert Davis

Senior Lecturer in Vertebrate Biology

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5446, Email: robert.davis@ecu.edu.au, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO19.351
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5446
Facsimile: +61 8 6304 5509
Email: robert.davis@ecu.edu.au
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.351  

 

Robert is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Science.

Current Teaching

  • SCI3115 Wildlife Management
  • SCB2116 Diversity of Life
  • SCI2118 Australian Biota
  • SCI1185 Ecology

Background

  • 2015-present: Senior Lecturer, School of Natural Sciences, Edith Cowan University
  • 2009-2015: 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

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.

Qualifications

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

Research

Recent Research Grants

  • An investigation into the spatial distribution, habitat selection and resource usage of the red fox inhabiting urban reserves,  Ecological Society of Australia,  Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment,  2017 - 2020,  $3,200.
  • Response of Southern Boobooks (Ninox boobook) to threatening processes across urban, agricultural, and woodland ecosystems ,  Birdlife Australia,  Grant,  2016 - 2019,  $3,500.
  • Impacts of Fire on Reptiles in King's Park,  Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions WA,  Botanic Parks and Gardens - Grant,  2009 - 2019,  $60,976.
  • Response of Southern Boobooks (Ninox boobook) to threatening processes across urban, agricultural, and woodland ecosystems,  Ecological Society of Australia,  Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment,  2017 - 2018,  $3,600.
  • Assessing restoration success using reptiles and small mammals,  Gundawa Regional Conservation Association,  Small Grant Scheme,  2017 - 2018,  $34,000.
  • Bringing Them Back: Learning from past strategic restoration programs in the southern West Australian Wheatbelt.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant,  2017 - 2018,  $97,435.
  • Using animal behaviour as a bio-indicator of restoration quality,  Birdlife Australia,  Grant,  2015 - 2017,  $4,399.
  • Spatial Distribution Modelling for the Western Ground Parrot (Pezoporus flaviventris),  Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions WA,  Botanic Parks and Gardens - Grant,  2016 - 2017,  $31,300.
  • Projected Sea Level Rise and the Conservation Ecology of the Micronesian Megapode (Megapodius laperouse senex) in Palau, Micronesia,  World Pheasant Association,  Grant,  2016 - 2017,  $6,516.
  • Response of Southern Boobooks (Ninox Boobook) to threatening processes across urban, agricultural and woodland ecosystems.,  Ecological Society of Australia,  Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment,  2016 - 2017,  $7,500.
  • Status of Woodland Birds in Swan Region,  Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions WA,  Botanic Parks and Gardens - Grant,  2017,  $3,000.
  • Projected Sea Level Rise and the Conservation Ecology of the Micronesian Megapode (Megapodius laperouse senex) in Palau, Micronesia,  Club300 Bird Protection,  Grant,  2015 - 2017,  $6,468.
  • Using animal behaviour as a bio-indicator of restoration quality,  Ecological Society of Australia,  Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment,  2015 - 2016,  $6,000.
  • Response of Southern Boobooks (Ninox boobook) to threatening processes across urban, agricultural, and woodland ecosystems.,  Ecological Society of Australia,  Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment,  2015 - 2016,  $6,500.
  • Turning the tide for the Bekai: identifying refuges from climate-induced sea level rise for the Palau Megapode,  The Rufford Foundation,  Rufford Foundation - Small Grants,  2015 - 2016,  $10,616.
  • 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.
  • Impacts of fire on semi-arid shrubland birds,  Gundawa Regional Conservation Association,  Small Grant Scheme,  2014 - 2015,  $20,000.
  • Postgraduate funding support for Impacts of feral fauna predation on ground-dwelling native species at Charles Darwin Reserve,  Earthwatch Institute,  Earthwatch Institute - Grant,  2011 - 2015,  $126,500.
  • Dampier Salts sites and ponds and their importance for migratory and other shorebirds,  Dampier Salt Limited Perth Division,  Grant-Dampsalt,  2010 - 2015,  $394,997.
  • Value of revegetation for Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo,  Birds Australia Western Australia Inc,  Grant,  2011 - 2014,  $36,000.
  • 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.
  • The population genetic structure of Ctenotus fallens in urban habitat fragments,  Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions WA,  Botanic Parks and Gardens - Grant,  2012 - 2013,  $8,000.
  • Impacts of feral fauna predation on ground-dwelling native species at Charles Darwin Reserve,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2011 - 2012,  $146,984.
  • Movement Ecology of Carnaby's Black Cockatoo,  Birds Australia Western Australia Inc,  Grant,  2010 - 2012,  $82,855.
  • 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

  • Davis, R., Dutson, G., Szabo, J., (2018), Conservation status of threatened and endemic birds of New Britain, Papua New Guinea. Bird Conservation International, 28(3), 439-450, DOI: 10.1017/S0959270917000156.
  • Radley, P., Davis, R., Dekker, R., Molloy, S., Blake, D., Heinsohn, R., (2018), Vulnerability of megapodes (Megapodiidae, Aves) to climate change and related threats. Environmental Conservation: an international journal of environmental science, 45(4), 396-406, DOI: 10.1017/S0376892918000152.
  • Lohr, M., Davis, R., (2018), Anticoagulant rodenticide use, non-target impacts and regulation: a case study from Australia. Science of the Total Environment, 634C(1 September 2018), 1372-1384, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.04.069.
  • Davis, R., Watson, D., (2018), Vagrants as vanguards of range shifts in a dynamic world. Biological Conservation, 224(August 2018), 238-241, DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2018.06.006.
  • Dornelas, M., Antao, LH., Moyes, F., Bates, AE., Magurran, AE., Adam, D., Akhmetzhanova, AA., Appeltans, W., Arcos, JM., Arnold, H., Ayyappan, N., Badihi, G., Baird, AH., Barbosa, M., Barreto, TE., Baessler, C., Bellgrove, A., Belmaker, J., Benedetti-Cecchi, L., Bett, BJ., Bjorkman, AD., Blazewicz, M., Blowes, SA., Bloch, CP., Bonebrake, TC., Boyd, S., Bradford, M., Brooks, AJ., Brown, JH., Bruelheide, H., Budy, P., Carvalho, F., Castaneda-Moya, E., Chen, CA., Chamblee, JF., Chase, TJ., Collier, L., Collinge, SK., Condit, R., Cooper, EJ., Cornelissen, JH., Cotano, U., Crow, SK., Damasceno, G., Davies, CH., Davis, R., Day, FP., Degraer, S., Doherty, TS., Dunn, TE., Durigan, G., Duffy, JE., Edelist, D., Edgar, GJ., Elahi, R., Elmendorf, SC., Enemar, A., Ernest, SK., Escribano, R., Estiarte, M., Evans, BS., Fan, TY., Farah, FT., Fernandes, LL., Farneda, FZ., Fidelis, A., Fitt, R., Fosaa, AM., Franco, GA., Frank, GE., Fraser, WR., Garcia, H., Gatti, RC., Givan, O., Gorgone-Barbosa, E., Gould, WA., Gries, C., Grossman, GD., Gutierrez, JR., Hale, S., Harmon, ME., Harte, J., Haskins, G., Henshaw, DL., Hermanutz, L., Hidalgo, P., Higuchi, P., Hoey, A., Hoey, G., Hofgaard, A., Holeck, K., Hollister, RD., Holmes, R., Hoogenboom, M., Hsieh, CH., Hubbell, SP., Huettmann, F., Huffard, CL., Hurlbert, AH., Ivanauskas, NM., Janik, D., Jandt, U., Jazdzewska, A., Johannessen, T., Johnstone, J., Jones, J., Jones, FA., Kang, J., Kartawijaya, T., Keeley, C., Kelt, DA., Kinnear, R., Klanderud, K., Knutsen, H., Koenig, CC., Kortz, AR., Kral, K., Kuhnz, LA., Kuo, CY., Kushner, DJ., Laguionie-Marchais, C., Lancaster, LT., Lee, C., Lefcheck, JS., Levesque, E., Lightfoot, D., Lloret, F., Lloyd, JD., Lopez-Baucells, A., Louzao, M., Madin, JS., Magnusson, B., Malamud, S., Matthews, I., McFarland, KP., McGill, B., McKnight, D., McLarney, WO., Meador, J., Meserve, PL., Metcalfe, DJ., Meyer, CF., Michelsen, A., Milchakova, N., Moens, T., Moland, E., Moore, J., Moreira, CM., Mueller, J., Murphy, G., Myers-Smith, IH., Myster, RW., Naumov, A., Neat, F., Nelson, JA., Nelson, M., Newton, SF., Norden, N., Oliver, JC., Olsen, EM., Onipchenko, VG., Pabis, K., Pabst, RJ., Paquette, A., Pardede, S., Paterson, DM., Pelissier, R., Penuelas, J., Perez-Matus, A., Pizarro, O., Pomati, F., Post, E., Prins, HH., Priscu, JC., Provoost, P., Prudic, KL., Pulliainen, ., Ramesh, BR., Ramos, O., Rassweiler, A., Rebelo, JE., Reed, DC., Reich, PB., Remillard, SM., Richardson, AJ., Richardson, JP., Rijn, I., Rocha, R., Rivera-Monroy, VH., Rixen, C., Robinson, KP., Rodrigues, RR., Rossa-Feres, DD., Rudstam, L., Ruhl, H., Ruz, CS., Sampaio, EM., Rybicki, N., Rypel, A., Sal, S., Salgado, B., Santos, FA., Savassi-Coutinho, AP., Scanga, S., Schmidt, J., Schooley, R., Setiawan, F., Shao, KT., Shaver, GR., Sherman, S., Sherry, TW., Sicinski, J., Sievers, C., Silva, AC., Silva, FR., Silveira, FL., Slingsby, J., Smart, T., Snell, SJ., Soudzilovskaia, NA., Souza, GB., Souza, FM., Souza, VC., Stallings, CD., Stanforth, R., Stanley, EH., Sterza, JM., Stevens, M., Stuart-Smith, R., Suarez, Y., Supp, S., Tamashiro, J., Tarigan, S., Thiede, GP., Thorn, S., Tolvanen, A., Toniato, MT., Totland, O., Twilley, RR., Vaitkus, G., Valdivia, N., Vallejo, MI., Valone, TJ., Colen, C., Vanaverbeke, J., Venturoli, F., Verheye, HM., Vianna, M., Vieira, RP., Vrska, T., Vu, CQ., Van Vu, L., Waide, RB., Waldock, C., Watts, D., Webb, S., Wesolowski, T., White, EP., Widdicombe, CE., Wilgers, D., Williams, R., Williams, SB., Williamson, M., Willig, MR., Willis, TJ., Wipf, S., Woods, KD., Woehler, EJ., Zawada, K., Zettler, ML., (2018), BioTIME: A database of biodiversity time series for the Anthropocene. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 27(7), 760-786, DOI: 10.1111/geb.12729.
  • 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.
  • Virens, J., Davis, R., Doherty, T., (2017), Two records of amelanism in the Australian skink Ctenotus fallens (Storr, 1974). Herpetology Notes, 10(September 2017), 453-455, Romania, Societas Europaea Herpetologica.
  • Watson, D., Davis, R., (2017), Hopeful monsters – In defence of quests to rediscover long-lost species. Conservation Letters, 10(4), 381-382, West Sussex, United Kingdom, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, DOI: 10.1111/conl.12386.
  • 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.
  • Molloy, S., Davis, R., (2017), Resilience to agricultural habitat fragmentation in an arboreal marsupial. Australian Mammalogy, 39(2), 185-196, Australia, Australian Mammal Society Inc., DOI: 10.1071/AM16012.
  • 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.
  • Cramer, V., Dunlop, J., Davis, R., Ellis, R., Barnett, B., Cook, A., Morris, K., Van Leeuwen, S., (2016), Research priorities for the northern quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus) in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Australian Mammalogy, 38(2), 135-148, Australia, Australian Mammal Society Inc., DOI: 10.1071/AM15005.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Loxdale, H., Davis, B., Davis, R., (2016), Known knowns and unknowns in biology. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 117(2), 386-398, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1111/bij.12646.
  • 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, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1111/jbi.12469.
  • Krawiec, J., Krauss, SL., Davis, R., Spencer, PB., (2015), Weak genetic structuring suggests historically high genetic connectivity among recently fragmented urban populations of the scincid lizard, Ctenotus fallens. Australian Journal of Zoology, 63(4), 279-286, Clayton, Victoria, Australia, CSIRO Publishing, DOI: 10.1071/ZO15022.
  • 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.
  • Davis, R., Doherty, T., (2015), Rapid Recovery of an Urban Remnant Reptile Community following Summer Wildfire. PLoS One, 10(5), Article number e0127925, San Francisco, California, United States, Public Library of Science, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0127925.
  • Doherty, T., Bengsen, A., Davis, R., (2014), A critical review of habitat use by feral cats and key directions for future research and management. Wildlife Research, 41(5), 435-446, Victoria, CSIRO Publishing, DOI: 10.1071/WR14159.
  • 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.
  • Davis, R., Valentine, LE., Craig, MD., Wilson, B., Bancroft, WJ., Mallie, M., (2014), Impact of phytophthora-dieback on birds in Banksia woodlands in south west Western Australia. Biological Conservation, 171(2014), 136-144, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2014.01.027.
  • Davis, R., Gole, C., Roberts, J., (2013), Impacts of urbanisation on the native avifauna of Perth, Western Australia. Urban Ecosystems, 16(3), 427-452, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s11252-012-0275-y.
  • 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, Surrey Beatty & Sons.

Research Student Supervision

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
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  THE VALUE OF ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR AS A BIO-INDICATOR OF RESTORATION QUALITY

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Master of Science (Biological Sciences),  NOCTURNAL ROOST TREE, ROOST SITE AND LANDSCAPE CHARACTERISTICS OF CARNABY'S BLACK-COCKATOO (CALYPTORYNCHUS LATIROSTRIS) ON THE SWAN COASTAL PLAIN

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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