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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

  • 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 ,  Birdlife Australia,  Grant,  2016 - 2018,  $3,500.
  • Bringing Them Back: Learning from past strategic restoration programs in the southern West Australian Wheatbelt.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant,  2017 - 2018,  $44,735.
  • Assessing restoration success using reptiles and small mammals,  Gundawa Regional Conservation Association,  Small Grant Scheme,  2017 - 2018,  $34,000.
  • Using animal behaviour as a bio-indicator of restoration quality,  Birdlife Australia,  Grant,  2015 - 2017,  $4,399.
  • Status of Woodland Birds in Swan Region,  Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions WA,  Botanic Parks and Gardens - Grant,  2017,  $3,000.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dampier Salts sites and ponds and their importance for migratory and other shorebirds,  Dampier Salt Limited Perth Division,  Grant-Dampsalt,  2010 - 2015,  $394,997.
  • 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.
  • Impacts of fire on semi-arid shrubland birds,  Gundawa Regional Conservation Association,  Small Grant Scheme,  2014 - 2015,  $20,000.
  • 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.
  • Value of revegetation for Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo,  Birds Australia Western Australia Inc,  Grant,  2011 - 2014,  $36,000.
  • Movement Ecology of Carnaby's Black Cockatoo,  Birds Australia Western Australia Inc,  Grant,  2010 - 2012,  $82,855.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Virens, J., Davis, R., Doherty, T., (2017), Two records of amelanism in the Australian skink Ctenotus fallens. Herpetology Notes, 10(1), 453-455.
  • Davis, R., Dutson, G., Szabo, J., (2017), Conservation status of threatened and endemic birds, New Britain, Papua New Guinea. Bird Conservation International, N/A(N/A), N/A.
  • Watson, D., Davis, R., (2017), Hopeful monsters ? In defence of quests to rediscover long-lost species. Conservation Letters, 10(4), 382-383, 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(1), 27-46, Pennsoft, DOI: 10.3897/natureconservation.18.12235.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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., 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.
  • 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., 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bertzeletos, D., Davis, R., Horwitz, P., (2012), Importance of Lake MacLeod, northwestern Australia, to shorebirds: a review and update. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia, 95(1), 115-124, Australia, The Royal Society of Western Australia.

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

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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