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Dr David Blake


Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5069, Mobile: 0438 084 830, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO19.355
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 Development of Operational Rules for Management of Shallow Groundwater in Water Limited Ecosystems Project: Preliminary Works,  Water Corporation,  Grant,  2013 - 2018,  $1,010,357.
  • 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 - 2018,  $3,200.
  • 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

  • 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, N/A(N/A), 1-11, 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.
  • 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, Oxford, United Kingdom, Pergamon Press, DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2015.07.008.

Research Student Supervision

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
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