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Dr David Blake

Senior Lecturer

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5069
Mobile: 0438 084 830
Facsimile: +61 8 6304 5509
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.355  

David is a Lecturer in Environmental Science within the School of Science.

Current Teaching

  • SCM2104 Geographical Information Systems
  • SCI5118 GIS and Remote Sensing
  • SCI5128 Environmental Management Systems and Auditing
  • SCI5250 Environmental Impact Assessment Procedures


  • 2007–present: Lecturer, School of Natural Sciences, Edith Cowan University
  • 2008–2009: Embedded Scientist, CSIRO Earth Science and Resource Engineering, WA
  • 2005–2008: Environmental Officer, Department of Environment and Conservation (regulatory compliance)
  • 2003–2005: Environmental Scientist, Cardno BSD, WA
  • 2003–2003: Environmental Field Officer, Kings Park and Botanical Gardens Authority

Professional Memberships

  • Royal Society of Western Australia

Research Areas and Interests

  • Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing
  • Spatial Ecology
  • Fire Ecology
  • Groundwater contamination
  • The impacts of wetland fires on groundwater quality


  • Bachelor Of Science (Enviromental Management), Edith Cowan University.
  • Doctor of Philospohy, Edith Cowan University, 2013.


Recent Research Grants

  • The Predicting and Managing the Impacts of Wildfire and Prescription Burns on Water Quality and Water-Related Assets Project,  Water Corporation,  Grant,  2019 - 2023,  $1,587,150.
  • Wildfire in Yanchep National Park wetlands: post-fire effects, water quality and macroinvertebrate response ,  Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (WA),  Grant,  2020 - 2021,  $39,330.
  • 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.
  • The Development of Operational Rules for Management of Shallow Groundwater in Water Limited Ecosystems Project: Preliminary Works,  Water Corporation,  Grant,  2013 - 2018,  $1,010,357.
  • Investigating historical fire regimes and erosion rates in major water catchments within Southern Australia,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme - 2016 Round 2,  2017 - 2018,  $1,600.
  • Designing water quality monitoring protocols in catchments after severe wildfires: the 2016 Harvey River Basin case study.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Scheme - 2016 Open Round,  2016 - 2017,  $708,000.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Toolibin Lake and surrounding reserves water balance investigation – vegetation water use: 1977-2015 (Desktop Assessment),  Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions WA,  Botanic Parks and Gardens - Grant,  2016,  $19,961.
  • Household resilience to fuel price rises in Perth, Western Australia: A geographical perspective,  Planning and Transport Research Centre,  PATREC - Grant,  2014 - 2015,  $5,000.
  • BHP Billiton Iron Ore (BHPBIO) Ecological Water Asset Project - Regional Ecohydrology Monitoring Network,  BHP Billiton,  Grant,  2013 - 2014,  $266,342.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Main, M., Davis, R., Blake, D., Mills, H., Doherty, T., (2020), Human impact overrides bioclimatic drivers of red fox home range size globally. Diversity and Distributions, 26(9), 1083-1092, DOI: 10.1111/ddi.13115.
  • Sowden, M., Blake, D., Cohen, D., Atanacio, A., Mueller, U., (2020), Development of an infrared pollution index to identify ground-level compositional, particle size, and humidity changes using Himawari-8. Atmospheric Environment, 229(15 May 2020),  Article number 117435, DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2020.117435.
  • Blake, D., Nyman, P., Nice, H., D'souza, F., Kavazos, C., Horwitz, P., (2020), Assessment of post-wildfire erosion risk and effects on water quality in south-western Australia. International Journal of Wildland Fire, 29(1), 240-257, CSIRO Australia, DOI:
  • Vitelli, F., Hyndes, G., Saunders, B., Blake, D., Newman, SJ., Hobbs, JA., (2019), Do ecological traits of low abundance and niche overlap promote hybridisation among coral-reef angelfishes?. Coral Reefs, 38(5), 931-943, Germany, Springer Verlag, DOI: 10.1007/s00338-019-01816-6.
  • Sowden, M., Mueller, U., Blake, D., (2019), What temporal resolution is required for remote sensing of regional aerosol concentrations using the Himawari-8 geostationary satellite. Atmospheric Environment, 2016(1), Article number 116914, DOI:
  • Zijlema, W., Stasinska, A., Blake, D., Dirgawati, M., Flicker, L., Yeap, BB., Golledge, J., Hankey, G., Nieuwenhuijsen, M., Heyworth, J., (2019), The longitudinal association between natural outdoor environments and mortality in 9218 older men from Perth, Western Australia. Environment International, 125(April 2019), 430-436, DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2019.01.075.
  • Sowden, M., Mueller, U., Blake, D., (2018), Review of surface particulate monitoring of dust events using geostationary satellite remote sensing. Atmospheric Environment, 183(June 2018), 154-164, DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2018.04.020.
  • 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.
  • Boeyen, J., Callan, A., Blake, D., Wheeler, A., Franklin, P., Hall, G., Shackleton, C., Sly, P., Hinwood, A., (2017), Investigating the relationship between environmental factors and respiratory health outcomes in school children using the forced oscillation technique. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, 220(2), 494-502, Germany, Elsevier GmbH - Urban and Fischer, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijheh.2017.01.014.
  • Dirgwati, M., Heyworth, J., Wheeler, A., McCaul, K., Blake, D., Boeyen, J., Cope, M., Yeap, BB., Nieuwenhuijsen, M., Brunekreef, B., Hinwood, A., (2016), Development of Land Use Regression models for particulate matter and associated components in a low air pollutant concentration airshed. Atmospheric Environment, 144(2016), 69-78, Elsevier Ltd, DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2016.08.013.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Science (Biological Sciences),  An investigation into the spatial distribution, habitat selection and resource usage of the red fox (Vulpes vulpes) inhabiting urban reserves within Perth, Western Australia

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 (Environmental Management),  Energy efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions across different scales of iron ore mining operations in Western Australia
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Projected sea level rise and the conservation ecology of the micronesian megapode (megapodius laperouse senex) in palau, micronesia
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Determining ground-level composition and concentration of particulate matter across regional areas using the Hinawari-8 satellite
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