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Dr Robert Davis

Senior Lecturer in Vertebrate Biology

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
  • 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

  • 2019 – Research Associate, Western Australian Museum
  • 2019 – Appointed to WA Threatened Species Scientific Committee

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

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.
  • Maximising Habitat Value from Saline Land Restoration,  Yarra Yarra Catchment Management Group,  Community Stewardship Grants 2019,  2020 - 2022,  $77,440.
  • Conservation status of birds in the Federated States of Micronesia,  United Nations Development Programme,  Grant,  2020 - 2021,  $27,390.
  • 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.
  • 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,  Birdlife Australia,  Grant,  2016 - 2019,  $3,500.
  • 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,  $97,435.
  • 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.
  • Status of Woodland Birds in Swan Region,  Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions WA,  Botanic Parks and Gardens - Grant,  2017,  $3,000.
  • 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.
  • Using animal behaviour as a bio-indicator of restoration quality,  Birdlife Australia,  Grant,  2015 - 2017,  $4,399.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Using animal behaviour as a bio-indicator of restoration quality,  Ecological Society of Australia,  Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment,  2015 - 2016,  $6,000.
  • 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.
  • Dampier Salts sites and ponds and their importance for migratory and other shorebirds,  Dampier Salt Limited Perth Division,  Grant-Dampsalt,  2010 - 2015,  $394,997.
  • 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,  $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)

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, Perth, Western Australia, Kwongan Foundation and WA Naturalists Club.

Journal Articles

  • Radley, P., Davis, R., Doherty, T., (2020), Impacts of invasive rats and tourism on a threatened island bird: the Palau Micronesian Scrubfowl. Bird Conservation International, 2020(Article in press), 1-13, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0959270920000246.
  • 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, Elsevier, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.138218.
  • 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, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/01584197.2020.1794908.
  • 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, DOI: 10.1017/S0030605318000923.
  • Lohr, M., Lohr, C., Burbidge, A., Davis, R., (2020), Toxoplasma gondii seropositivity across urban and agricultural landscapes in an Australian owl. Emu: austral ornithology, 2020(Article in press), 1-11, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/01584197.2020.1831393.
  • Hernandez-Santin, L., Henderson, M., Molloy, S., Dunlop, J., Davis, R., (2020), Spatial ecology of an endangered carnivore, the Pilbara northern quoll. Australian Mammalogy, 2020(Article in press), 1-8, Australia, Australian Mammal Society Inc., DOI: https://doi.org/10.1071/AM19052.
  • 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, DOI: 10.1111/ddi.13115.
  • 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, DOI: 10.1002/1438-390X.1001.
  • 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, DOI: 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, DOI: 10.1017/S0376892918000152.
  • 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, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.04.069.
  • Davis, R., Watson, D., (2018), Vagrants as vanguards of range shifts in a dynamic world. Biological Conservation, 224(August 2018), 238-241, DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2018.06.006.
  • 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, Australia, CSIRO Publishing, DOI: 10.1071/WR18051.
  • 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, DOI: 10.1111/geb.12729.
  • 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.
  • 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, Romania, Societas Europaea Herpetologica.
  • Watson, D., Davis, R., (2017), Hopeful monsters – In defence of quests to rediscover long-lost species. Conservation Letters, 10(4), 381-382, West Sussex, United Kingdom, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, DOI: 10.1111/conl.12386.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The value of animal behaviour as a bio-indicator of restoration quality
  • 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
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Projected sea level rise and the conservation ecology of the micronesian megapode (megapodius laperouse senex) in palau, micronesia
  • 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
  • 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

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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