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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.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

  • Radley, P., Van Etten, E., Blake, D., Davis, R. (2020). Breeding and feeding habitat selection by an island endemic bird may increase its vulnerability to climate change. Biotropica, 2020(Article in press), Article in press.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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(3), 240-257.
  • Sowden, M., Blake, D. (2020). Which dual-band infrared indices are optimum for identifying aerosol compositional change using Himawari-8 data?. Atmospheric Environment, 241(15 November 2020), Article number 117620.

Journal Articles

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Journal Articles

  • 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.
  • 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.

Journal Articles

  • 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.

Journal Articles

  • 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.

Journal Articles

  • Dirgawati, M., Barnes, R., Wheeler, A., Arnold, A., McCaul, KA., Stuart, AL., Blake, D., Hinwood, A., Yeap, BB., Heyworth, JS. (2015). Development of Land Use Regression models for predicting exposure to NO2 and NOx in Metropolitan Perth, Western Australia. Environmental Modelling and Software, 74(2015), 258-267.

Journal Articles

  • Blake, D., Lu, K., Horwitz, P., Boyce, M. (2012). Fire suppression and burnt sediments: effects on the water chemistry of fire-affected wetlands. International Journal of Wildland Fire, 21(5), 557-561.


  • Sommer, B., Froend, R., Blake, D. (2012). Prioritizing wetlands for restoration within the Gnangara pine plantation. Perth, W.A.. Edith Cowan University.

Journal Articles

  • Blake, D., Hinwood, A., Horwitz, P. (2009). Peat fires and air quality: volatile organic compounds and particulates.. Chemosphere, 76(3), 419-423.


  • Horwitz, P., Blake, D., Cargill, J., Froend, R., Hinwood, A., Loomes, R., McQueen, H., Rogan, R., Van Etten, E. (2008). Fire management implications for wetlands on the Swan Coastal Plain, Western Australia. Perth, W.A.. Edith Cowan University.

Research Projects

  • The Predicting and Managing the Impacts of Wildfire and Prescription Burns on Water Quality and Water-Related Assets Project, Water Corporation, Grant, 2019 ‑ 2023, $825,000.
  • 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.
  • Geospatial Mapping of Empodisma Peatlands in southwest Western Australia, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Environmental Mapping Study Grant, 2021, $50,000.
  • 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, $567,754.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, $30,000.
  • 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, $12,992.
  • 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.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Determining impacts of fire-altered dissolved organic carbon (DOC) on water quality in forested watersheds of Southwest Western Australia

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

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Projected sea level rise and the conservation ecology of the micronesian megapode (megapodius laperouse senex) in palau, micronesia
  • 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, Determining ground-level composition and concentration of particulate matter across regional areas using the Hinawari-8 satellite
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