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Dr Eddie van Etten

Senior Lecturer

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5566
Mobile: 0418 903 983
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.335  

Eddie is a Senior Lecturer in Ecology within the School of Science.

Current Teaching

  • SCI5110/SCI3110 - Waste Management
  • SCI2269 - Silviculture
  • SCI1192 - Physical Environments
  • SCI2115 - Ecological Restoration
  • SCI3150 - Science Project

Professional Memberships

  • Ecological Society of Australia
  • International Association of Vegetation Science
  • Association for Fire Ecology
  • Society for Ecological Restoration

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 Restoration and Management of Valley-Floor Ecosystems in the Gunduwa Region,  Gunduwa Regional Conservation Association,  PhD Research Support Grant,  2020 - 2023,  $60,000.
  • Assessing the contribution and consequences of vertebrates as pollinators in Banksia woodland,  Australian and Pacific Science Foundation,  Australian and Pacific Science Foundation - Grant,  2020 - 2023,  $250,734.
  • Maximising Habitat Value from Saline Land Restoration,  Yarra Yarra Catchment Management Group,  Community Stewardship Grants 2019,  2020 - 2022,  $77,440.
  • Population Ecology and Genetics of Conospermum undulatum,  Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions WA,  Scholarships to Support Industry Engagement PhD Projects,  2016 - 2020,  $84,500.
  • 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.
  • Assessing restoration success using reptiles and small mammals,  Gunduwa Regional Conservation Association,  Small Grant Scheme,  2017 - 2019,  $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.
  • 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.
  • 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,  Gunduwa Regional Conservation Association,  Small Grant Scheme,  2014 - 2015,  $20,000.
  • Topsoil Assessment for Roy Hill Project Area,  Roy Hill Infrastructure Pty LTD,  Grant,  2013 - 2014,  $56,875.
  • 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.
  • Fire and establishment of Jarrah seedlings in shelterwood,  Department of Conservation and Land Management,  Grant,  2006 - 2013,  $75,000.
  • Assessment 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.
  • Vegetation Study and Interpretation for Mt Gibson Sanctuary,  Australian Wildlife Conservancy,  Grant,  2008 - 2009,  $7,272.
  • Monitoring of Soil for Herbicide Residues in Urban Parks and Bushland Reserves,  City of Joondalup,  Grant,  2009,  $9,620.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fire management implications for the wetlands on the Swan Coastal Plain,  Fire and Emergency Services Authority of WA,  Grant,  2006 - 2008,  $58,850.
  • 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.
  • Improvement of Pines for revegetating the intermediate rainfall zone of Western Australia's wheatbelt.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2002,  $40,000.
  • Community involvement - how can it make tropical forest management sustainable?,  International Tropical Timber Organisation,  Grant,  2000 - 2002,  $14,500.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Van Etten, E., Burrows, ND., (2018), On the Ecology of Australia’s Arid Zone: Fire Regimes and Ecology of Arid Australia. On the Ecology of Arid Australia's Arid Zone, 243-282, Cham, Switzerland, Springer Nature, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-93943-8_10.

Journal Articles

  • Nunfam, V., Adusei-Asante, K., Frimpong, K., Van Etten, E., Oosthuizen, J., (2020), Barriers to occupational heat stress risk adaptation of mining workers in Ghana. International Journal of Biometeorology: the description, causes, and implications of climatic change, 64(7), 1085–1101, DOI:
  • Van Etten, E., Belen, CA., Calviño-Cancela, M., (2020), Invasion patterns of Pinus pinaster in south-west Australia in relation to fire, vegetation type and plantation management. Forest Ecology and Management, 463(May 2020), Article number 118042, DOI:
  • Lund, M., Van Etten, E., Polifka, J., Quintero Vasquez, M., Ramessur, R., Yangzom, D., Blanchette, M.L., (2020), The Importance of Catchments to Mine‑pit Lakes: Implications for Closure. Mine Water and the Environment, 39(n/a), 572-588, DOI:
  • Nunfam, V., Oosthuizen, J., Adusei-Asante, K., Van Etten, E., Frimpong, K., (2019), Perceptions of climate change and occupational heat stress risks and adaptation strategies of mining workers in Ghana. Science of the Total Environment, 657(March 2019), 365-378, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.11.480.
  • Delnevo, N., Van Etten, E., Byrne, M., Stock, W., (2019), Floral display and habitat fragmentation: Effects on the reproductive success of the threatened mass‐flowering Conospermum undulatum (Proteaceae). Ecology and Evolution, 9(19), 11494-11503, DOI:
  • Morris, J., Slater, E., Fitzgerald, M., Lummis, G., Van Etten, E., (2019), Using local rural knowledge to enhance STEM learning for gifted and talented students in Australia. Research in Science Education, 2019(article in press), 1-19, Netherlands, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s11165-019-9823-2.
  • Nunfam, V., Van Etten, E., Oosthuizen, J., Adusei-Asante, K., Frimpong, K., (2019), Climate change and occupational heat stress risks and adaptation strategies of mining workers: Perspectives of supervisors and other stakeholders in Ghana. Environmental Research, 169(February 2019), 147-155, DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2018.11.004.
  • Delnevo, N., Piotti, A., Van Etten, E., Stock, W., Byrne, M., (2019), Isolation, characterization, and cross‐amplification of 20 microsatellite markers for Conospermum undulatum (Proteaceae). Applications in Plant Sciences, 7(8), article number e11283, DOI:
  • Cargill, J., Van Etten, E., Stock, W., (2019), The influence of seed supply and seedbed on seedling recruitment in shelterwood-treated jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata) forest. Forest Ecology and Management, 432(15 January 2019), 54-63, DOI:
  • Larcombe, D., Van Etten, E., Logan, A., Prescott, S., Horwitz, P., (2019), High-Rise Apartments and Urban Mental Health—Historical and Contemporary Views. Challenges, 10(2), Article number 34, DOI: 10.3390/challe10020034.
  • Nunfam, V., Adusei-Asante, K., Van Etten, E., Oosthuizen, J., Adams, S., Frimpong, K., (2019), The nexus between social impacts and adaptation strategies of workers to occupational heat stress: a conceptual framework. International Journal of Biometeorology: the description, causes, and implications of climatic change, 63(12), 1693-1706, Nunfam, V. F., Adusei-Asante, K., Van Etten, E. J., Oosthuizen, J., International journal of , DOI: 10.1007/s00484-019-01775-1.
  • Nunfam, V., Adusei-Asante, K., Van Etten, E., Oosthuizen, J., Frimpong, K., (2018), Social impacts of occupational heat stress and adaptation strategies of workers: a narrative synthesis of the literature. Science of the Total Environment, 643(1 December 2018), 1542-1552, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.06.255.
  • Ladbrook, M., Van Etten, E., Stock, W., (2018), Contemporary fire regimes of the arid Carnarvon Basin region of Western Australia. Fire, 1(3), Article no. 51, MDPI, DOI:
  • 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.
  • Calviño-Cancela, M., Van Etten, E., (2018), Invasive potential of Eucalyptus globulus and Pinus radiata into native eucalypt forests in Western Australia. Forest Ecology and Management, 424(1), 246-258, DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2018.05.001.
  • Muler, A., Van Etten, E., Stock, W., Howard, K., Froend, R., (2018), Can hydraulically redistributed water assist surrounding seedlings during summer drought?. Oecologia, 187(3), 625-641, DOI: 10.1007/s00442-018-4158-7.
  • Muler, A., Canham, C., Van Etten, E., Stock, W., Froend, R., (2018), Using a functional ecology approach to assist plant selection for restoration of Mediterranean woodlands. Forest Ecology and Management, 424(15 September 2018), 1-10, DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2018.04.032.
  • 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.
  • 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(1), article number 29, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  An appraisal of experiences of climate change and adaptive response to heat stress by farmers in rural Ghana
  • Master of Science (Environmental Management),  Environmental correlates and associates of tuart decline.
  • Master of Science (Environmental Management),  Stimulation of Western Australian sandalwood (santalum spicatum) oil production using multiple treatments.
  • Master of Science (Environmental Management),  Death of mulga (acacia aneura) adjacent to haul roads in the northern goldfields Western Australia.
  • 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.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Ecology of savanna ecosystems in Indonesia
  • Master of Science (Biological Sciences),  Spatial and temporal patterns (1973-2012) of bushfire in an arid to semi-arid region of Western Australia

Co-principal Supervisor

  • 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
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Applying the principles of spatial modelling to the management of biodiversity in the fragmented landscapes of South-Western Australia.

Associate Supervisor

  • 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
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Bio-inspired surface engineering for hydrophobicity.
  • 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,  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,  The value of animal behaviour as a bio-indicator of restoration quality
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Social impact of climate change and occupational heat stress and adaptation strategies of mining workers in Ghana
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