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Dr Robert Davis

Senior Lecturer in Vertebrate Biology

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5446
Email: robert.davis@ecu.edu.au
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.351  
ORCID iD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9062-5754

Robert is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Science.

Current Teaching

  • SCI3115 Wildlife Management
  • SCM3201 Conservation Biology
  • SCI2118 Australian Biota
  • SCI1185 Ecology

Current Coordination

  • K57 Conservation Biology
  • Y83 Bachelor of Science

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
  • Birdlife Australia
  • Society for Conservation Biology
  • Australian Society of Herpetologists
  • Ecological Society of Australia

Awards and Recognition

National and International Research Positions

  • 2022 - IUCN SSC Australasian Marsupial and Monotreme Specialist Group
  • 2020 - IUCN SSC Bird Red List Authority
  • 2019 - Research Associate, Western Australian Museum
  • 2019 - Appointed to WA Threatened Species Scientific Committee
  • 2012 - Perth Zoo Scientific Advisory Committee
  • 2009 - Associate Editor (Ornithology) Pacific Conservation Biology

Research Areas and Interests

  • Bird ecology and conservation
  • Movement ecology
  • Urban ecology
  • Climate change impacts on fauna
  • Island ecology and conservation
  • Conservation biology of threatened species
  • Amphibian ecology

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Western Australia, 2005.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

  • Davis, R., Craig, MD. (2024). Long-term post-fire succession of reptiles in an urban remnant in south-western Australia. International Journal of Wildland Fire, 33(6), article number WF24033. https://doi.org/10.1071/WF24033.
  • Treloar, S., Lohr, C., Hopkins, A., Ottewell, K., McArthur, S., Davis, R. (2024). Scat Dna As A Non-Invasive Method For Estimating The Abundance Of The Vulnerable Mala (Lagorchestes Hirsutus). Wildlife Research, 51(1), article number WR22122. https://doi.org/10.1071/WR22122.
  • Verdon, S., Davis, R., Tulloch, A., Legge, S., Watson, D., Woinarski, J., Baker, B., Driessen, J., Geyle, H., Possingham, H., Garnett, S. (2024). Trends in monitoring of Australia’s threatened birds (1990–2020): much improved but still inadequate.. Emu: austral ornithology, 124(1), 21-36. https://doi.org/10.1080/01584197.2023.2275121.
  • Wawrzyczek, SK., Davis, R., Krauss, SL., Hoebee, SE., Ashton, LM., Phillips, RD. (2024). Pollination By Birds, Non-Flying Mammals, And European Honeybees In A Heathland Shrub, Banksia Catoglypta (Proteaceae). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 2024(Article in Press), TBD. https://doi.org/10.1093/botlinnean/boae024.

Journal Articles

  • Davis, R. (2023). Collected to extinction? History and records of the Western Rufous Bristlebird. Australian Field Ornithology, 40(2023), 288-293. https://doi.org/10.20938/afo40288293.
  • Carter, R., Lohr, C., Burbidge, A., Van Dongen, R., Chapman, J., Davis, R. (2023). Eaten out of house and home: local extinction of Abrolhos painted button-quail Turnix varius scintillans due to invasive mice, herbivores and rainfall decline. Biological Invasions, 25(2023), 1119-1132. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10530-022-02966-5.
  • Li, Y., Hopkins, A., Davis, R. (2023). Going, Going, Gone The Diminishing Capacity Of Museum Specimen Collections To Address Global Change Research: A Case Study On Urban Reptiles. Animals, 13(6), article number 1078. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani13061078.
  • Davis, R., Seddon, P., Craig, M., Russell, J. (2023). A review of methods for detecting rats at low densities, with implications for surveillance. Biological Invasions, 2023(Article in press), -. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10530-023-03133-0.
  • Leseberg, NP., Kutt, A., Evans, MC., Nou, T., Spillias, S., Stone, Z., Walsh, JC., Murphy, SA., Bamford, M., Burbidge, A., Crossing, K., Davis, R., Garnett, ST., Kavanagh, RP., Murphy, R., Read, J., Reid, J., Van Leeuwen, S., Watson, AW., Watson, JE., Maron, M. (2023). Establishing Effective Conservation Management Strategies For A Poorly Known Endangered Species: A Case Study Using Australia'S Night Parrot (Pezoporus Occidentalis). Biodiversity and Conservation, 32(2023), 2869-2891. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10531-023-02633-8.

Journal Articles

  • Davis, R., Valentine, L., Craig, M. (2022). Do bird communities differ with post-fire age in Banksia woodlands of south-western Australia?. International Journal of Wildland Fire, 31(6), 621-633. https://doi.org/10.1071/WF22005.
  • Davis, R., Joseph, L., Johnstone, R. (2022). Status of Barking Owl Ninox connivens in south-west Australia. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club, 142(3), 366-376. https://doi.org/10.25226/bboc.v142i3.2022.a9.
  • Bateman, PW., Benken, R., Glowacki, R., Davis, R. (2022). A most unusual tail: Scoliosis in a wild Australian skink, and reported incidences and suggested causes of similar malformations amongst squamates. Austral Ecology: a journal of ecology in the Southern Hemisphere, 47(3), 723-728. https://doi.org/10.1111/aec.13155.
  • Cowan, M., Moore, H., Hradsky, B., Jolly, C., Dunlop, J., Wysong, M., Hernandez-Santin, L., Davis, R., Fisher, D., Michael, D., Turner, J., Gibson, L., Knuckey, C., Henderson, M., Nimmo, D. (2022). Non-preferred habitat increases the activity area of the endangered northern quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus) in a semi-arid landscape. Australian Mammalogy, 2022(Article in Press), TBD. https://doi.org/10.1071/AM22006.

Journal Articles

  • Van Etten, E., Davis, R., Doherty, T. (2021). Fire in Semi-Arid Shrublands and Woodlands: Spatial and Temporal Patterns in an Australian Landscape. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 9(1), Article Number 653870. https://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2021.653870.
  • Hernandez-Santin, L., Henderson, M., Molloy, S., Dunlop, J., Davis, R. (2021). Spatial ecology of an endangered carnivore, the Pilbara northern quoll. Australian Mammalogy, 43(2), 235-242. https://doi.org/10.1071/AM19052.
  • Ritchie, A., Svejcar, L., Ayre, B., Bolleter, J., Brace, A., Craig, M., Davis, B., Davis, R., Van Etten, E., Fontaine, J., Fowler, W., Froend, R., Groom, C., Hardy, G., Hooper, P., Hopkins, A., Hughes, M., Krauss, S., Leopold, M., Miller, B., Miller, R., Ramalho, C., Ruthrof, K., Shaw, C., Stevens, J., Tagney, R., Valentine, L., Veneklaas, E., Hobbs, R. (2021). A threatened ecological community: research advances and priorities for Banksia woodlands. Australian Journal of Botany, 69(2), 53-84. https://doi.org/10.1071/BT20089.
  • Radley, P., Davis, R., Doherty, T. (2021). Impacts of invasive rats and tourism on a threatened island bird: the Palau Micronesian Scrubfowl. Bird Conservation International, 31(2), 206-218. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0959270920000246.
  • Kestel, J., Phillips, R., Anthony, J., Davis, R., Krauss, S. (2021). Unexpectedly low paternal diversity is associated with infrequent pollinator visitation for a bird‐pollinated plant. Oecologia, 196(4), 937-950. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00442-021-04906-x.
  • Treloar, S., Lohr, C., Hopkins, A., Davis, R. (2021). Rapid population expansion of Boodie (Burrowing Bettong, Bettongia lesueur) creates potential for resource competition with Mala (Rufous Hare-Wallaby, Lagorchestes hirsutus). Ecological Management and Restoration, 22(S1), 54-57. https://doi.org/10.1111/emr.12471.
  • Radley, P., Van Etten, E., Blake, D., Davis, R. (2021). Breeding and feeding habitat selection by an island endemic bird may increase its vulnerability to climate change. Biotropica, 53(2), 422-432. https://doi.org/10.1111/btp.12885.

Journal Articles

  • Molloy, S., Burbidge, A., Comer, S., Davis, R. (2020). Using climate change models to inform the recovery of the western ground parrot Pezoporus flaviventris. Oryx: journal of fauna and flora international, 54(1), 52-61. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0030605318000923.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1111/ddi.13115.
  • Lohr, M., Krauss, S., Spencer, P., Anthony, J., Burbidge, A., Davis, R. (2020). Widespread genetic connectivity in Australia’s most common owl, despite extensive habitat fragmentation. Emu: austral ornithology, 120(3), 249-259. https://doi.org/10.1080/01584197.2020.1794908.
  • Lettoof, D., Lohr, M., Busetti, F., Bateman, P., Davis, R. (2020). Toxic time bombs: Frequent detection of anticoagulant rodenticides in urban reptiles at multiple trophic levels. Science of the Total Environment, 724(1 July 2020), Article number 138218. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.138218.
  • Lohr, M., Lohr, C., Burbidge, A., Davis, R. (2020). Toxoplasma gondii seropositivity across urban and agricultural landscapes in an Australian owl. Emu: austral ornithology, 120(4), 275-285. https://doi.org/10.1080/01584197.2020.1831393.

Book Chapters

  • Davis, R., Douglas, T. (2019). Feathered Jewels: Birds of the Yule Brook Region. A Jewel in the Crown of a Global Biodiversity Hotspot (285-293). Kwongan Foundation and WA Naturalists Club. https://ro.ecu.edu.au/ecuworkspost2013/7556.

Journal Articles

  • Davis, R., Lohr, C., Roberts, JD. (2019). Frog survival and population viability in an agricultural landscape with a drying climate. Population Ecology, 61(1), 102-112. https://doi.org/10.1002/1438-390X.1001.

Journal Articles

  • Davis, R., Watson, D. (2018). Vagrants as vanguards of range shifts in a dynamic world. Biological Conservation, 224(August 2018), 238-241. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2018.06.006.
  • Davis, R., Dutson, G., Szabo, J. (2018). Conservation status of threatened and endemic birds of New Britain, Papua New Guinea. Bird Conservation International, 28(3), 439-450. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0959270917000156.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0376892918000152.
  • Dornelas, M., Antao, LH., Moyes, F., Bates, AE., Magurran, AE., Adam, D., Akhmetzhanova, AA., Appeltans, W., Arcos, JM., Arnold, H., Ayyappan, N., Badihi, G., Baird, AH., Barbosa, M., Barreto, TE., Baessler, C., Bellgrove, A., Belmaker, J., Benedetti-Cecchi, L., Bett, BJ., Bjorkman, AD., Blazewicz, M., Blowes, SA., Bloch, CP., Bonebrake, TC., Boyd, S., Bradford, M., Brooks, AJ., Brown, JH., Bruelheide, H., Budy, P., Carvalho, F., Castaneda-Moya, E., Chen, CA., Chamblee, JF., Chase, TJ., Collier, L., Collinge, SK., Condit, R., Cooper, EJ., Cornelissen, JH., Cotano, U., Crow, SK., Damasceno, G., Davies, CH., Davis, R., Day, FP., Degraer, S., Doherty, T., Dunn, TE., Durigan, G., Duffy, JE., Edelist, D., Edgar, GJ., Elahi, R., Elmendorf, SC., Enemar, A., Ernest, SK., Escribano, R., Estiarte, M., Evans, BS., Fan, TY., Farah, FT., Fernandes, LL., Farneda, FZ., Fidelis, A., Fitt, R., Fosaa, AM., Franco, GA., Frank, GE., Fraser, WR., Garcia, H., Gatti, RC., Givan, O., Gorgone-Barbosa, E., Gould, WA., Gries, C., Grossman, GD., Gutierrez, JR., Hale, S., Harmon, ME., Harte, J., Haskins, G., Henshaw, DL., Hermanutz, L., Hidalgo, P., Higuchi, P., Hoey, A., Hoey, G., Hofgaard, A., Holeck, K., Hollister, RD., Holmes, R., Hoogenboom, M., Hsieh, CH., Hubbell, SP., Huettmann, F., Huffard, CL., Hurlbert, AH., Ivanauskas, NM., Janik, D., Jandt, U., Jazdzewska, A., Johannessen, T., Johnstone, J., Jones, J., Jones, FA., Kang, J., Kartawijaya, T., Keeley, C., Kelt, DA., Kinnear, R., Klanderud, K., Knutsen, H., Koenig, CC., Kortz, AR., Kral, K., Kuhnz, LA., Kuo, CY., Kushner, DJ., Laguionie-Marchais, C., Lancaster, LT., Lee, C., Lefcheck, JS., Levesque, E., Lightfoot, D., Lloret, F., Lloyd, JD., Lopez-Baucells, A., Louzao, M., Madin, JS., Magnusson, B., Malamud, S., Matthews, I., McFarland, KP., McGill, B., McKnight, D., McLarney, WO., Meador, J., Meserve, PL., Metcalfe, DJ., Meyer, CF., Michelsen, A., Milchakova, N., Moens, T., Moland, E., Moore, J., Moreira, CM., Mueller, J., Murphy, G., Myers-Smith, IH., Myster, RW., Naumov, A., Neat, F., Nelson, JA., Nelson, M., Newton, SF., Norden, N., Oliver, JC., Olsen, EM., Onipchenko, VG., Pabis, K., Pabst, RJ., Paquette, A., Pardede, S., Paterson, DM., Pelissier, R., Penuelas, J., Perez-Matus, A., Pizarro, O., Pomati, F., Post, E., Prins, HH., Priscu, JC., Provoost, P., Prudic, KL., Pulliainen, E., Ramesh, BR., Ramos, O., Rassweiler, A., Rebelo, JE., Reed, DC., Reich, PB., Remillard, SM., Richardson, AJ., Richardson, JP., Rijn, I., Rocha, R., Rivera-Monroy, VH., Rixen, C., Robinson, KP., Rodrigues, RR., Rossa-Feres, DD., Rudstam, L., Ruhl, H., Ruz, CS., Sampaio, EM., Rybicki, N., Rypel, A., Sal, S., Salgado, B., Santos, FA., Savassi-Coutinho, AP., Scanga, S., Schmidt, J., Schooley, R., Setiawan, F., Shao, KT., Shaver, GR., Sherman, S., Sherry, TW., Sicinski, J., Sievers, C., Silva, AC., Silva, FR., Silveira, FL., Slingsby, J., Smart, T., Snell, SJ., Soudzilovskaia, NA., Souza, GB., Souza, FM., Souza, VC., Stallings, CD., Stanforth, R., Stanley, EH., Sterza, JM., Stevens, M., Stuart-Smith, R., Suarez, Y., Supp, S., Tamashiro, J., Tarigan, S., Thiede, GP., Thorn, S., Tolvanen, A., Toniato, MT., Totland, O., Twilley, RR., Vaitkus, G., Valdivia, N., Vallejo, MI., Valone, TJ., Colen, C., Vanaverbeke, J., Venturoli, F., Verheye, HM., Vianna, M., Vieira, RP., Vrska, T., Vu, CQ., Van Vu, L., Waide, RB., Waldock, C., Watts, D., Webb, S., Wesolowski, T., White, EP., Widdicombe, CE., Wilgers, D., Williams, R., Williams, SB., Williamson, M., Willig, MR., Willis, TJ., Wipf, S., Woods, KD., Woehler, EJ., Zawada, K., Zettler, ML. (2018). BioTIME: A database of biodiversity time series for the Anthropocene. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 27(7), 760-786. https://doi.org/10.1111/geb.12729.
  • Lohr, M., Davis, R. (2018). Anticoagulant rodenticide use, non-target impacts and regulation: a case study from Australia. Science of the Total Environment, 634(1 September 2018), 1372-1384. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.04.069.
  • Oversby, W., Ferguson, S., Davis, R., Bateman, PW. (2018). Bad news for bobtails: understanding predatory behaviour of a resource-subsidised corvid towards an island endemic reptile. Wildlife Research, 45(7), 595-601. https://doi.org/10.1071/WR18051.

Journal Articles

  • 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. https://doi.org/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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10021-016-0082-z.
  • Watson, D., Davis, R. (2017). Hopeful monsters – In defence of quests to rediscover long-lost species. Conservation Letters, 10(4), 382-383. https://doi.org/10.1111/conl.12386.
  • Virens, J., Davis, R., Doherty, T. (2017). Two records of amelanism in the Australian skink Ctenotus fallens (Storr, 1974). Herpetology Notes, 10(September 2017), 453-455.
  • Molloy, S., Davis, R. (2017). Resilience to agricultural habitat fragmentation in an arboreal marsupial. Australian Mammalogy, 39(2), 185-196. https://doi.org/10.1071/AM16012.

Journal Articles

  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1071/AM15005.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10531-016-1196-5.
  • Loxdale, H., Davis, B., Davis, R. (2016). Known knowns and unknowns in biology. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 117(2), 386-398. https://doi.org/10.1111/bij.12646.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0154161.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1071/PC16006.

Journal Articles

  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1111/jbi.12469.
  • 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. https://doi.org/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. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0127925.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1093/jmammal/gyv034.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1071/ZO15022.

Journal Articles

  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1071/WR14159.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2014.01.027.
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0376892913000337.

Journal Articles

  • 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.
  • Davis, R., Gole, C., Roberts, J. (2013). Impacts of urbanisation on the native avifauna of Perth, Western Australia. Urban Ecosystems, 16(3), 427-452. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11252-012-0275-y.

Journal Articles

  • 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.

Journal Articles

  • Davis, R., Roberts, JD. (2011). Survival and population size of the frog heleioporus albopunctatus in a highly modified, agricultural landscape. Copeia, 2011(3), 423-429. https://doi.org/10.1643/CE-09-133.

Journal Articles

  • Davis, R., Wilcox, J. (2008). Range extension of the Western Heath Dragon Rankinia adelaidensis and Gray's legless lizard Delma grayii with notes on the distribution of southern Swan coastal plain reptiles. The Western Australian Naturalist, 26(1), 67-70.
  • Davis, R., Burbidge, AH. (2008). The Elegant Parrot (Neophema elegans) in arid regions of Western Australia. Amytornis: Western Australian Journal of Ornithology, 1(1), 1-5.
  • Davis, R., Metcalf, B. (2008). The Night Parrot (Pezoporus occidentalis) in northern Western Australia: a recent sighting from the Pilbara region. Emu: austral ornithology, 108(3), 233-236. https://doi.org/10.1071/MU07058.

Journal Articles

  • Davis, R., Roberts, J. (2005). Embryonic Survival and Egg Numbers in Small and Large Populations of the Frog Heleioporus albopunctatus in Western Australia. Journal of Herpetology, 39(1), 133-138.
  • Davis, R., Roberts, J. (2005). Population genetic structure of the western spotted frog, Heleioporus albopunctatus (Anura: Myobatrachidae), in a fragmented landscape in south-western Australia. Australian Journal of Zoology, 53(3), 167-175.
  • Davis, R., Bamford, M. (2005). A range extension for Lerista lineopunctulata and a second record of Lerista lineata, near Yalgorup, Western Australia. The Western Australian Naturalist, 25(1), 59-60.

Journal Articles

  • Davis, R., Roberts, JD. (2004). Operational sex ratio and mating behaviour of the myobatrachid frog Neobatrachus kunapalari. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia, 87(3), 97-99.

Journal Articles

  • Smith, MJ., Roberts, JD., Hammond, TJ., Davis, R. (2003). Intraspecific variation in the advertisement call of the Sunset Frog Spicospina flammocaerulea (Anura: Myobatrachidae): a frog with a limited geographic distribution. Journal of Herpetology, 37(2), 285-291.

Research Projects

  • Using large floating islands to promote aquatic and terrestrial biodiversity in pit lakes , Australian Coal Association, Australian Coal Association Research Program, 2024 ‑ 2027, $787,290.
  • Improving Restoration and Management of Valley-Floor Ecosystems in the Gunduwa Region, Gunduwa Regional Conservation Association, PhD Research Support Grant, 2021 ‑ 2026, $60,000.
  • Characterisation of genetically variant proteins using high-resolution mass spectrometry for taxonomic assignment of biological evidence in the forensic setting , Chemistry Centre WA T/A ChemCentre, Scholarships to support Industry Engagement PhD Projects, 2022 ‑ 2026, $105,000.
  • Investigating habitat requirements for new homes for Gilbert's Potoroo, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Community Stewardships Grants 2022 - Large, 2023 ‑ 2025, $70,000.
  • Restoring saline land biodiversity, Gunduwa Regional Conservation Association, Small Grant Scheme, 2021 ‑ 2025, $30,000.
  • Improving translocation success for Gilbert’s potoroo (Potorous gilbertii): Dietary and habitat complexities, Royal Society of Western Australia, RSWA John Glover Research Support Grants, 2024, $15,000.
  • Finding space: Breeding territory abandonment in Western Hooded Plover in association with human use of beaches and altered habitat quality., Royal Society of Western Australia, RSWA John Glover Research Support Grants, 2024, $15,000.
  • Maximising Habitat Value from Saline Land Restoration, Yarra Yarra Catchment Management Group, Community Stewardship Grants 2019, 2020 ‑ 2024, $85,440.
  • Developing and applying a novel survey method for the Masked Owl in the South-West of Western Australia, Birdlife Australia, Student Research and Travel Grants, 2023 ‑ 2024, $2,500.
  • Developing and applying a novel survey method for the Masked Owl in Southwest of Western Australia, Birdlife Australia, Grant, 2022 ‑ 2023, $2,282.
  • Comparative analysis of diet in island populations of banded and rufous hare-wallabies in Shark Bay , Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions WA, Grant, 2021 ‑ 2023, $10,000.
  • Conservation status of birds in the Federated States of Micronesia, United Nations Development Programme, Grant, 2020 ‑ 2022, $123,936.
  • Research and Management Priorities for Corellas, Wheatbelt Natural Resource Management, Grant, 2021 ‑ 2022, $27,000.
  • Conservation Status of the Western Partridge Pigeon (Geophaps smithii blaauwi) , Birdlife Australia, Grant, 2021 ‑ 2022, $2,015.
  • Impacts of Fire on Reptiles in King's Park, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions WA, Botanic Parks and Gardens - Grant, 2009 ‑ 2020, $60,976.
  • 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.
  • Response of Southern Boobooks (Ninox boobook) to threatening processes across urban, agricultural, and woodland ecosystems, Birdlife Australia, Grant, 2016 ‑ 2019, $3,500.
  • Assessing restoration success using reptiles and small mammals, Gunduwa Regional Conservation Association, Small Grant Scheme, 2017 ‑ 2019, $34,000.
  • Response of Southern Boobooks (Ninox boobook) to threatening processes across urban, agricultural, and woodland ecosystems, Ecological Society of Australia, Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment, 2017 ‑ 2018, $3,600.
  • Bringing Them Back: Learning from past strategic restoration programs in the southern West Australian Wheatbelt., Edith Cowan University, ECU Industry Collaboration Grant, 2017 ‑ 2018, $74,935.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, $79,875.
  • Dampier Salts sites and ponds and their importance for migratory and other shorebirds, Dampier Salt Limited Perth Division, Grant-Dampsalt, 2010 ‑ 2015, $394,997.
  • Impacts of fire on semi-arid shrubland birds, Gunduwa Regional Conservation Association, Small Grant Scheme, 2014 ‑ 2015, $20,000.
  • 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.
  • Value of revegetation for Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo, Birds Australia Western Australia Inc, Grant, 2011 ‑ 2014, $36,000.
  • 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.
  • The population genetic structure of Ctenotus fallens in urban habitat fragments, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions WA, Botanic Parks and Gardens - Grant, 2012 ‑ 2013, $8,000.
  • 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, $50,670.
  • 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.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Finding space: Breeding territory abandonment in Western Hooded Plover in association with human disturbance and altered habitat quality
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Characterisation of genetically variant proteins using high-resolution mass spectrometry for taxonomic assignment of biological evidence in the forensic setting
  • Master of Science by Research, Developing and applying a novel survey method for the Masked Owl (Tyto novaehollandiae novaehollandiae) in the Southwest of Western Australia
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Taxonomy of the common brushtail possum Tribhosurus vulpecula in Australia

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Improving translocation success for Gilbert's potoroo (Potorous gilbertii): Dietary and habitat complexities
  • Master of Science by Research, Assessing the dietary impacts of the translocation of hare-wallabies to a designed island ecosystem
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Restoration of biodiversity in valley-floor ecosystems affected by dryland salinity: a comparative study in the semi-arid climate zone of Western Australia

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Ecology of feral cats felis catus and their prey in relation to shrubland fire regimes
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Projected sea level rise and the conservation ecology of the micronesian megapode (megapodius laperouse senex) in palau, micronesia
  • Master of Science by Research, Island meltdown: Demise of the Abrolhos Painted Button-quail Turnix varius scintillans in the face of multiple threats
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The value of animal behaviour as a bio-indicator of restoration quality
  • Master of Science (Biological Sciences), Potential for resource competition between the boodie (Bettongia lesueur) and mala (Lagorchestes hirsutus) in the fenced Matuwa reserve, central Western Australia
  • Master of Science (Biological Sciences), Preventing bird declines in urban landscapes: Influence of behavioural traits and streetscape plantings
  • 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, Response of Australian boobooks (ninox boobook) to threatening processes across urban, agricultural, and woodland ecosystems
  • Master of Science by Research, Range retraction and the habitat selection of the western Partridge Pigeon (Geophaps smithii blaauwi) in the north-western Kimberley region, Western Australia

Co-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
  • 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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