Prof Don Driscoll

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Professor Of Terrestrial Ecology

Faculty

Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env

Department

School of Life & Env. Sciences

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Bachelor of Science, Australian National University, 1991
Doctor of Philosophy, Univ. of Western Australia, 1997

Biography summary

PhD, UNI WA, metapopulation ecology of endangered frogs.

CSIRO Post-Doc, Canberra. Impacts of habitat loss and fragmentation on reptiles and beetles in agricultural landscapes.

ARC Post-Doctoral Fellowship, UTAS. Habitat fragmentation and metapopulations.

Lecturer in Biodiversity, Flinders University. Coordinating/teaching a post-graduate biodiversity course. Fire and fragmentation research.

Associate Professor, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian Natrional University. Ecological synthesis, dispersal, fragmentation and fire research.

Professor of Terrestrial Ecology, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University, Burwood, Victoria.

Knowledge areas

All of my research has conservation biology as a central theme, with a focus on how species use whole landscapes, particularly the role of dispersal. I take a range of approaches, including manipulative experiments, natural experiments and the application of population genetic techniques. I place a strong emphasis on testing ecological theory using applied conservation problems.

Projects under way are examining how reptiles, beetles and butterflies respond to habitat fragmentation and degradation, including examining the influence of the matrix on species that depend on remnant vegetation.

Professional activities

Chief Editor Ecological Society of Australia Hot Topics

Chair Ecological Society of Australia Media Working Group

Editor Austral Ecology, Plos1, Journal of Applied Ecology

Projects

Honours Project Available. 

Title: Reconnecting landscapes through the matrix. A test using invertebrates.
Principal Supervisor: Professor Don Driscoll
Principal Supervisor contact details: d.driscoll@deakin.edu.au
Associate Supervisor: Dr Nick Porch nicholas.porch@deakin.edu.au
Associate Supervisor, external: Stephanie Pulsford, PhD Candidate, ANU.
Start date: February 2016

Wildlife movement is critical.  It enables effective foraging within a home range, dispersal to new home ranges and range changes in response to climate change.  However, movement is severely curtailed by habitat loss associated with intensive agriculture. Our project aims to discover if wildlife movement can be improved through productive farmland by altering management within paddocks. By understanding the connectivity value of rotational grazing, fences, linear tree plantings, and addition of course woody debris, we will define new methods for enhancing ecological sustainability in production landscapes. Without this knowledge, opportunities for increasing connectivity may be foregone.

This project will involve converting a large invertebrate collection into data in Nick's lab, undertaking statistical analysis with the close guidance of Don and Stephanie, then writing up the project with input from all supervisors.  For the right student, this project has the potential to lead to one or more publications, and a great early start to your career.

Publications

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2016

Resolving future fire management conflicts using multicriteria decision making

Prof Don Driscoll, Michael Bode, Ross A. Bradstock, David A. Keith, Trent Penman

(2016), Vol. 30, pp. 196-205, Conservation biology, London, Eng., C1

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The dynamic regeneration niche of a forest following a rare disturbance event

Annabel Smith, Wade Blanchard, David Blair, lachlan Mcburney, Sam Banks, Prof Don Driscoll, David Lindenmayer

(2016), Vol. 22, pp. 457-467, Diversity and distributions: a journal of conservation biogeography, London, Eng., C1

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A succession of theories : purging redundancy from disturbance theory

Stephanie A. Pulsford, David Lindenmayer, Prof Don Driscoll

(2016), Vol. 91, pp. 148-167, Biological reviews, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

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Determinants of growth of the flammable grass, Triodia scariosa: consequences for fuel dynamics under climate change in the Mediterranean region of South Eastern Australia

Rebecca Gibson, Ross A. Bradstock, Trent Penman, Prof David Keith, Prof Don Driscoll

(2016), Vol. 41, pp. 594-603, Austral ecology, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

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2015

Climatic, vegetation and edaphic influences on the probability of fire across mediterranean woodlands of south-eastern Australia

Rebecca Gibson, Ross A. Bradstock, Trent Penman, David A. Keith, Prof Don Driscoll

(2015), Vol. 42, pp. 1750-1760, Journal of biogeography, Weinheim, Germany, C1-1

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The use of topographic fire refuges by the greater glider (Petauroides volans) and the mountain brushtail possum (Trichosurus cunninghami) following a landscape-scale fire

Laurence Berry, Prof Don Driscoll, Samuel Banks, David Lindenmayer

(2015), Vol. 37, pp. 39-45, Australian mammalogy, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

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Landscape context influences chytrid fungus distribution in an endangered European amphibian

Dr Benjamin Scheele, Prof Don Driscoll, Joern Fischer, A Fletcher, Jan Hanspach, J Voros, T Hartel

(2015), Vol. 18, pp. 480-488, Animal conservation, London, Eng., C1-1

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Low impact of chytridiomycosis on frog recruitment enables persistence in refuges despite high adult mortality

Dr Benjamin Scheele, David J Hunter, Lee Skerratt, laura Brannelly, Prof Don Driscoll

(2015), Vol. 182, pp. 36-43, Biological conservation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Local environmental covariates are important for predicting fire history from tree stem diameters

J Lazzari, H Yoon, David A. Keith, Prof Don Driscoll

(2015), Vol. 24, pp. 871-882, International journal of wildland fire, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

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Large unburnt areas, not small unburnt patches, are needed to conserve avian diversity in fire-prone landscapes

Laurence Berry, David Lindenmayer, Prof Don Driscoll

(2015), Vol. 52, pp. 486-495, Journal of applied ecology, London, Eng., C1-1

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Citizen science program shows urban areas have lower occurrence of frog species, but not accelerated declines

Martin J Westgate, Dr Benjamin Scheele, Karen Ikin, Anke Maria Hoefer, Matthew Beaty, Murray Evans, Will Osborne, David J Hunter, Laura Rayner, Prof Don Driscoll

(2015), Vol. 10, pp. 1-15, PLoS, San Francisco, Calif., C1

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Detectability of the global weed Hypochaeris radicata is influenced by species, environment and observer characteristics

Katherina Ng, Prof Don Driscoll

(2015), Vol. 8, pp. 449-455, Journal of plant ecology, Oxford, Eng., C1-1

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Strong influence of local habitat structure on mammals reveals mismatch with edge effects models

Nelida R. Villasenor, Wade Blanchard, Prof Don Driscoll, Philip Gibbons, David Lindenmayer

(2015), Vol. 30, pp. 229-245, Landscape ecology, Berlin, Germany, C1-1

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2014

Reptiles in restored agricultural landscapes: the value of linear strips, patches and habitat condition

Sacha Jellinek, Dr Kirsten Parris, Michael A. Mccarthy, Brendan Wintle, Prof Don Driscoll

(2014), Vol. 17, pp. 544-554, Animal conservation, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

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New pasture plants intensify invasive species risk

Prof Don Driscoll, Jane Catford, Jacob Barney, Philip Hulme, . Inderjit, Tara Martin, Anibal Pauchard, Petr Pysek, David Richardson, Sophie Riley, Vernon Visser

(2014), Vol. 111, pp. 16622-16627, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Washington, D.C., C1-1

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Population and individual-scale responses to patch size, isolation and quality in the hazel dormouse

Alessio Mortelliti, Giulia Sozio, Prof Don Driscoll, Luciano Bani, Luigi Boitani, David Lindenmayer

(2014), Vol. 5, pp. 1-21, Ecosphere, Washington, D.C., C1-1

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Urbanization impacts on mammals across urban-forest edges and a predictive model of edge effects

Nelida R. Villasenor, Prof Don Driscoll, Martin A. H. Escobar, Philip Gibbons, David Lindenmayer

(2014), Vol. 9, pp. 1-12, PLoS One, San Francisco, Calif., C1-1

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Is the matrix important to butterflies in fragmented landscapes?

Nici Sweaney, David Lindenmayer, Prof Don Driscoll

(2014), Vol. 18, pp. 283-294, Journal of insect conservation, Berlin, Germany, C1-1

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Dominant drivers of seedling establishment in a fire-dependent obligate seeder: climate or fire regimes?

Annabel L Smith, David Blair, lachlan Mcburney, Sam Banks, Philip Barton, Wade Blanchard, Prof Don Driscoll, A. Malcolm Gill, David Lindenmayer

(2014), Vol. 17, pp. 258-270, Ecosystems, Berlin, Germany, C1-1

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Decline and re-expansion of an amphibian with high prevalence of chytrid fungus

Dr Benjamin Scheele, Fiorenzo Guarino, William Osborne, David J Hunter, Lee Skerratt, Prof Don Driscoll

(2014), Vol. 170, pp. 86-91, Biological conservation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Complex responses of birds to landscape-level fire extent, fire severity and environmental drivers

David B. Lindennayer, Wade Blanchard, lachlan Mcburney, David Blair, Sam Banks, Prof Don Driscoll, Annabel L Smith, A. M. Gill

(2014), Vol. 20, pp. 467-477, Diversity and distributions, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

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Changing dominance of key plant species across a Mediterranean climate region: implications for fuel types and future fire regimes

Rebecca Gibson, Ross A. Bradstock, Trent Penman, David A. Keith, Prof Don Driscoll

(2014), Vol. 215, pp. 83-95, Plant ecology, Berlin, Germany, C1-1

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Modelling the benefits of habitat restoration in socio-ecological systems

Sacha Jellinek, Libby Rumpff, Prof Don Driscoll, Dr Kirsten Parris, Brendan Wintle

(2014), Vol. 169, pp. 60-67, Biological conservation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Life history influences how fire affects genetic diversity in two lizard species

Annabel L Smith, C. Michael Bull, Dr Michael Gardner, Prof Don Driscoll

(2014), Vol. 23, pp. 2428-2441, Molecular ecology, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

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The trajectory of dispersal research in conservation biology. Systematic review

Prof Don Driscoll, Sam Banks, Philip Barton, Karen Ikin, Pia Lentini, David Lindenmayer, Annabel L Smith, Emma Burns, Amanda Edworthy, Maldwyn J. Evans, Rebecca Gibson, Robert Heinsohn, Brett Howland, Geoff Kay, Nicola Munro, Dr Benjamin Scheele, Ingrid Stirnemann, Dejan Stojanovic, Nici Sweaney, Nelida R. Villasenor, Martin J Westgate

(2014), Vol. 9, pp. 1-18, PLoS one, San Francisco, Calif., C1-1

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Interventions for reducing extinction risk in chytridiomycosis-threatened amphibians

Dr Benjamin Scheele, David J Hunter, Laura Grogan, Lee Berger, Jon Kolby, Michael McFadden, Gerry Marantelli, Lee Skerratt, Prof Don Driscoll

(2014), Vol. 28, pp. 1195-1205, Conservation biology, Hoboken, N.J., C1-1

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2013

Detecting invertebrate responses to fire depends on sampling method and taxonomic resolution

Luisa Teasdale, Annabel L Smith, Mailyn Thomas, Catherine Whitehead, Prof Don Driscoll

(2013), Vol. 38, pp. 874-883, Austral ecology, London, Eng, C1-1

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Fire severity and landscape context effects on arboreal marsupials

David Lindenmayer, Wade Blanchard, lachlan Mcburney, David Blair, Sam Banks, Prof Don Driscoll, Annabel Smith, Malcolm Gill

(2013), Vol. 167, pp. 137-148, Biological conservation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Successional specialization in a reptile community cautions against widespread planned burning and complete fire suppression

Annabel L Smith, Michael Bull C, Prof Don Driscoll

(2013), Vol. 50, pp. 1178-1186, Journal of applied ecology, London, Eng, C1-1

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Are only the strong surviving? Little influence of restoration on beetles (Coleoptera) in an agricultural landscape

Sacha Jellinek, Dr Kirsten Parris, Prof Don Driscoll

(2013), Vol. 162, pp. 17-23, Biological conservation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Are incentive programs working? Landowner attitudes to ecological restoration of agricultural landscapes

Sacha Jellinek, Dr Kirsten Parris, Prof Don Driscoll, Peter D. Dwyer

(2013), Vol. 127, pp. 69-76, Journal of environmental management, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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