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AsPr Mike Weston

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Position

Associate Professor of Wildlife and Conservation Biology

Faculty

Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env

Department

School of Life & Env. Sciences

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Contact

mike.weston@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 925 17433

Biography

My key interest as a conservation biologist is to find effective solutions to biodiversity conservation challenges which permit coexistence between people and wildlife. Emphases include shorebirds and their breeding, sandy shores and the human dimensions of wildlife management.

 

Most of my career has been in the not-for-profit scientific conservation sphere, where I worked to integrate science and conservation into actual conservation benefits for Australian birds and their habitats. I maintain strong connections with industry, especially with respect to the conservation of beach-nesting birds, and mitigating the threats they face.

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Biography summary

I worked for 17 years in a science-based conservation organisation, before starting at Deakin in 2007.

Career highlights

Apart from working with many inspirational students, and colleagues, co-winning a Victorian Coastal Award was a highlight. I have also won the VC award for Excellence in teaching.

 

As part of a team, I have also won the Eureka Prize for Biodiversity Research.

Research interests

Wildlife and conservation biology

Affiliations

Australasian Wildlife Management Society

BirdLife Australia

Units taught

SLE 302 Wildlife Field Studies

SLE 309 Wildlife Conservation

 

I also teach into a range of other units.

Knowledge areas

Wildlife and Conservation Biology, Human Dimensions of Wildlife, Shorebird Breeding Ecology, Disturbance of Wildlife

Conferences

I co-organised the AWMS conference (2011)

Professional activities

Member, BirdLife Australia National Education Committee

Member, Scientific Advisory Panel, Victorian Coastal Council

Associate Editor, The Emu (Austral Ornithology)

Media appearances

2012 - Scope and Totally Wild (Channel 10)

2013 - Scope and Totally Wild

Awards

VC Award for teaching Excellence (2012)

Office of Teaching and Learning citation for outstanding contributions to student learning (2013)

 

Numerous faculty and school teaching awards.

Projects

I run numerous research projects on shorebirds, their threats and solutions to those threats. My publications indicate a broad area of interest, underpinned by themes of "being part of the solution", and acknowledging the fact that people are both the part of the biodiversity conservation problem, and also importantly part of the solution. 

Publications

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2016

Flight initiation distances in relation to sexual dichromatism and body size in birds from three continents

Anders Moller, Diogo S M Samia, A/Prof Mike Weston, Patrick-Jean Guay, Daniel T Blumstein

(2016), Vol. 117, pp. 823-831, Biological journal of the Linnean Society, London, Eng., C1

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Avian assemblages at bird baths: a comparison of urban and rural bird baths in Australia

Dr Grainne Cleary, Holly Parsons, Adrian Davis, Bill Coleman, Darryl N. Jones, Dr Kelly Miller, A/Prof Mike Weston

(2016), Vol. 11, pp. 1-12, PLoS One, San Francisco, Calif,, C1

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Human threats to sandy beaches: a meta-analysis of ghost crabs illustrates global anthropogenic impacts

Thomas A Schlacher, Lucrezi J Serena, Rod M Connolly, Charles H Peterson, Ben Gilby, Brooke Maslo, Andrew D Olds, Simon Walker, Javier Leon, Chantal M. Huijbers, A/Prof Mike Weston, Alexander Turra, Glenn Hyndes, Rebecca Holt, David S Schoeman

(2016), Vol. 169, pp. 56-73, Estuarine, coastal and shelf science, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Long incubation bouts and biparental incubation in the nomadic Banded Stilt

Mr Reece Daniel Pedler, A/Prof Mike Weston, Prof Andy Bennett

(2016), Vol. 116, pp. 75-80, Emu, Melbourne, Vic., C1

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Human residential status and habitat quality affect the likelihood but not the success of lapwing breeding in an urban matrix

Mr Dylan Roche, Dr Adam Cardilini, Mr Daniel Lees, Dr Grainne Maguire, Dr Craig Sherman, A/Prof Mike Weston

(2016), Vol. 556, pp. 189-195, Science of the total environment, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Pitfall trapping does not reliably index the diet or prey resources of Masked Lapwings

Mr Dylan Roche, Mr Daniel Lees, Dr Adam Cardilini, Dr Grainne Maguire, Dr Peter Dann, A/Prof Mike Weston

(2016), Vol. 123, pp. 16-20, Wader study, Thetford, Eng., C1

journal

Estimating animal populations and body sizes from burrows: marine ecologists have their heads buried in the sand

Thomas A Schlacher, Lucrezi J Serena, Charles H Peterson, Rod M Connolly, Andrew D Olds, Franziska Althaus, Glenn Hyndes, Brooke Maslo, Ben Gilby, Javier Leon, A/Prof Mike Weston, Mariano Lastra, Alan Williams, David S Schoeman

(2016), Vol. 112, pp. 55-64, Journal of sea research, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Functional replacement across species pools of vertebrate scavengers separated at a continental scale maintains an ecosystem function

Chantal M. Huijbers, Thomas A Schlacher, Rosemary McVeigh, David S Schoeman, Andrew D Olds, Marion Brown, Mr Kasun Bandara Ekanayake, A/Prof Mike Weston, Rod M Connolly

(2016), Vol. 30, pp. 998-1005, Functional ecology, London, Eng., C1

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Continental-scale decreases in shorebird populations in Australia

Mr Robert Clemens, Danny I. Rogers, Birgita Hansen, Ken Gosbell, Clive Minton, Phil Straw, Mike Bamford, Eric Woehler, David Milton, A/Prof Mike Weston, B Venables, Dan Weller, Chris Hassell, Bill Rutherford, Kimberly Onton, Ashley Herrod, Colin Studds, Chi-Yeung Choi, Kiran Dhanjal-Adams, Nicholas Murray, Gregory Skilleter, Richard Fuller

(2016), Vol. 116, pp. 119-135, Emu, Melbourne, Vic., C1

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Regional drivers of clutch loss reveal important trade-offs for beach-nesting birds

Brooke Maslo, Thomas A Schlacher, A/Prof Mike Weston, Chantal M. Huijbers, Christopher J Anderson, Ben Gilby, Andrew D Olds, Rod M Connolly, David S Schoeman

(2016), pp. 1-23, PeerJ, London, Eng., C1

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Time since urbanization but not encephalisation is associated with increased tolerance of human proximity in birds

Dr Matthew Symonds, A/Prof Mike Weston, Mr Wouter Van Dongen, Alan Lill, Randall W. Robinson, Patrick-Jean Guay

(2016), Vol. 4, pp. 1-9, Frontiers in ecology and evolution, Lausanne, Switzerland, C1

journal

AvianBuffer: an interactive tool for characterising and managing wildlife fear responses

Patrick-Jean Guay, Mr Wouter Van Dongen, Randall W. Robinson, Daniel T Blumstein, A/Prof Mike Weston

(2016), Vol. 45, pp. 841-851, Ambio, Dodrecht, The Netherlands, C1

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The early shorebird will catch fewer invertebrates on trampled sandy beaches

Thomas A Schlacher, Ms Lucy Carracher, Dr Nicholas Porch, Rod M Connolly, Andrew D Olds, Ben Gilby, Mr Kasun Ekanayake, Brooke Maslo, A/Prof Mike Weston

(2016), Vol. 11, pp. 1-13, PLoS One, San Francisco, Calif., C1

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An obligate beach bird selects sub-, inter- and supra-tidal habitat elements

Glenn Ehmke, Dr Grainne Maguire, Tomas Bird, A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou, A/Prof Mike Weston

(2016), Vol. 181, pp. 266-276, Estuarine, coastal and shelf science, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Do social values influence levels of conservation effort in threatened species? The case of two Australian chats

Gillian Ainsworth, Heather Aslin, A/Prof Mike Weston, Stephen Garnett

(2016), Vol. 50, pp. 636-645, Oryx, Cambridge, Eng., C1

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Assemblage, size and abundance bias in a novel sandy shore macro-infaunal sampling technique

Miss Natalie Sheppard, A/Prof Mike Weston, Sarah Butler, Bob Baird, Dr Peter Dann

(2016), Vol. 11, pp. 1-9, Journal of negative results in ecology and evolutionary biology, Helsinki, Finland, C1

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Selecting umbrella species for conservation: a test of habitat models and niche overlap for beach-nesting birds

Brooke Maslo, Karen Leu, Cara A. Faillace, A/Prof Mike Weston, Todd Pover, Thomas A Schlacher

(2016), Vol. 203, pp. 233-242, Biological conservation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Social values and species conservation: the case of Baudin's and Carnaby's black-cockatoos

Gillian Ainsworth, Heather Aslin, A/Prof Mike Weston, Stephen Garnett

(2016), Vol. 43, pp. 294-305, Environmental conservation, Cambridge, Eng., C1

journal
2015

Conservation gone to the dogs : when canids rule the beach in small coastal reserves

Thomas A Schlacher, A/Prof Mike Weston, David Lynn, David S Schoeman, Chantal M. Huijbers, Andrew D Olds, Sam Masters, Rod M Connolly

(2015), Vol. 24, pp. 493-509, Biodiversity and conservation, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1

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Up the creek with a paddle; avian flight distances from canoes versus walkers

Ms Hayley Glover, Patrick-Jean Guay, A/Prof Mike Weston

(2015), Vol. 23, pp. 775-778, Wetlands ecology and management, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Cover, not caging, influences chronic physiological stress in a ground-nesting bird

Laurie X. L. Tan, Prof Kate Buchanan, Dr Grainne Maguire, A/Prof Mike Weston

(2015), Vol. 46, pp. 482-488, Journal of avian biology, Chichester, Eng., C1

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Golden opportunities: a horizon scan to expand sandy beach ecology

Thomas A Schlacher, A/Prof Mike Weston, David S Schoeman, Andrew D Olds, Chantal M. Huijbers, Rod M Connolly

(2015), Vol. 157, pp. 1-6, Estuarine, coastal and shelf science, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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The height of approaching humans does not affect flight-initiation distance

Mr Wouter Van Dongen, Emily R. McLeod, Raoul Mulder, A/Prof Mike Weston, Patrick-Jean Guay

(2015), Vol. 62, pp. 285-288, Bird study: the science of pure and applied orinthology, Oxford, Eng., C1

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Re-framing values for a World Heritage future: what type of icon will K'gari-Fraser Island become?

G Wardell-Johnson, Dave S. Schoeman, Thomas A Schlacher, A Wardell-Johnson, A/Prof Mike Weston, Yoshinori Shimizu, G Conroy

(2015), Vol. 22, pp. 124-148, Australasian journal of environmental management, Oxford, Eng., C1

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Breeding habitat selection in an obligate beach bird: a test of the food resource hypothesis

Miss Anna Cuttriss, Dr Grainne Maguire, Glenn Ehmke, A/Prof Mike Weston

(2015), Vol. 66, pp. 841-846, Marine and freshwater research, Melbourne Vic., C1

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Do birdwatchers care about bird disturbance?

A/Prof Mike Weston, Patrick-Jean Guay, Emily R. McLeod, Dr Kelly Miller

(2015), Vol. 28, pp. 305-317, Anthrozoös, Oxford, Eng., C1

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Corvids congregate to breeding colonies of a burrow-nesting seabird

Mr Kasun Ekanayake, A/Prof Mike Weston, Dr Peter Dann, Dr Duncan Sutherland

(2015), Vol. Early view, pp. 1-11, Austral ecology: a journal of ecology in the Southern Hemisphere, Chichester, Eng., C1

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The bright incubate at night: sexual dichromatism and adaptive incubation division in an open-nesting shorebird

Mr Kasun Ekanayake, A/Prof Mike Weston, Dr Dale Nimmo, Dr Grainne Maguire, Prof John Endler, Clemens Kupper

(2015), Vol. 282, pp. 1-8, Proceedings of the royal society of London: biological sciences, London, Eng., C1

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Variation at the DRD4 locus is associated with wariness and local site selection in urban black swans

Mr Wouter Van Dongen, Randall W. Robinson, A/Prof Mike Weston, Raoul Mulder, Patrick-Jean Guay

(2015), Vol. 15, pp. 1-11, BMC evolutionary biology, London, Eng., C1

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Intense predation of non-colonial, ground-nesting bird eggs by corvid and mammalian predators

Mr Kasun Ekanayake, Dr Desley Whisson, Miss Laura Tan, A/Prof Mike Weston

(2015), Vol. 42, pp. 518-528, Wildlife research, Melbourne, Vic., C1

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Out of sight but not out of mind: corvids prey extensively on eggs of burrow-nesting penguins

Mr Kasun Ekanayake, Dr Duncan Sutherland, Dr Peter Dann, A/Prof Mike Weston

(2015), Vol. 42, pp. 509-517, Wildlife research, Melbourne, Vic., C1

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Sharing the load: role equity in the incubation of a monomorphic shorebird, the masked lapwing (Vanellus miles)

Dr Adam Cardilini, A/Prof Mike Weston, Dr Peter Dann, Dr Craig Sherman

(2015), Vol. 127, pp. 730-733, Wilson journal of ornithology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Home range, habitat use and movements by the little raven (Corvus mellori) in a coastal peri-urban landscape

Dr Desley Whisson, A/Prof Mike Weston, Kelly Shannon

(2015), Vol. 42, pp. 500-508, Wildlife research, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal

Biological, ecological, conservation and legal information for all species and subspecies of Australian bird

Stephen Garnett, Daisy Duursma, Glenn Ehmke, Patrick-Jean Guay, Alistair Jose Stewart, Judit K. Szabo, A/Prof Mike Weston, Simon Bennett, Gabriel Crowley, David Drynan, Guy Dutson, Kate Fitzherbert, Donald Franklin

(2015), Vol. 2, pp. 1-6, Scientific data, London, Eng., C1

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Limited functional redundancy in vertebrate scavenger guilds fails to compensate for the loss of raptors from urbanized sandy beaches

Chantal M. Huijbers, Thomas A Schlacher, David S Schoeman, Andrew D Olds, A/Prof Mike Weston, Rod M Connolly

(2015), Vol. 21, pp. 55-63, Diversity and Distributions: a journal of conservation biogeography, London, Eng., C1

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Invasive carnivores alter ecological function and enhance complementarity in scavenger assemblages on ocean beaches

Marion Brown, Thomas A Schlacher, David S Schoeman, A/Prof Mike Weston, Chantal M. Huijbers, Andrew D Olds, Rod M Connolly

(2015), Vol. 96, pp. 2715-2725, Ecology, London, Eng., C1

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Feeding wild birds in gardens: a test of water versus food

Dr Kelly Miller, Miss Veronika Blaszczynski, A/Prof Mike Weston

(2015), Vol. 16, pp. 156-158, Ecological management and restoration, London, Eng., C1

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2014

Dogs as agents of disturbance

A/Prof Mike Weston, Theodore Stankowich

(2014), pp. 94-116, Free-ranging dogs and wildlife conservation, Oxford, England, B1

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Human dimensions of dog-wildlife interactions

Dr Kelly Miller, Dr Euan Ritchie, A/Prof Mike Weston

(2014), pp. 286-304, Free-ranging dogs and wildlife conservation, Oxford, England, B1

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From little things, big things grow: trends and fads in 110 years of Australian ornithology

Miss Maree Yarwood, A/Prof Mike Weston, Stephen Garnett

(2014), Vol. 98, pp. 2235-2254, Scientometrics, Berlin, Germany, C1

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Lines in the mud : revisiting the boundaries of important shorebird areas

Robert S Clemens, Ashley Herrod, A/Prof Mike Weston

(2014), Vol. 22, pp. 59-67, Journal for nature conservation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Comparative analysis of classic brain component sizes in relation to flightiness in birds

Dr Matthew Symonds, A/Prof Mike Weston, Randall W. Robinson, P. -J. Guay

(2014), Vol. 9, pp. 1-8, PLoS one, San Francisco, California, C1

journal

Open-coast sandy beaches and coastal dunes

Thomas A Schlacher, Alan R Jones, Jenifer E Dugan, A/Prof Mike Weston, Linda Harris, Dave S. Schoeman, David M Hubbard, Felicita Scapini, Ronel Nel, Mariano Lastra, Anton McLachlan, Charles H Peterson

(2014), pp. 37-94, Coastal Conservation, Cambridge, England, B1

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Pro-environmental beach driving is uncommon and ineffective in reducing disturbance to beach-dwelling birds

A/Prof Mike Weston, Thomas A Schlacher, David Lynn

(2014), Vol. 53, pp. 999-1004, Environmental management, New York, N. Y., C1

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Are vehicles 'mobile bird hides'?: A test of the hypothesis that 'cars cause less disturbance'

P. -J. Guay, Emily R. McLeod, Alice Jo Taysom, A/Prof Mike Weston

(2014), Vol. 131, pp. 150-156, Victorian naturalist, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal

American exceptionalism: population trends and flight initiation distances in birds from three continents.

Andes Pape Moller, Diogo S M Samia, A/Prof Mike Weston, P. -J. Guay, Daniel T Blumstein

(2014), Vol. 9, pp. 1-6, PLoS One, San Francisco, CA, C1

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Distance from shore positively influences alert distance in three wetland bird species

Emma J Dear, Patrick J Guay, Randall W. Robinson, A/Prof Mike Weston

(2014), pp. 1-4, Wetlands ecology and management, Dordrecht , Germany, C1

journal

Metrics to assess ecological condition, change, and impacts in sandy beach ecosystems.

Thomas A Schlacher, David S Schoeman, Alan R Jones, David M Hubbard, Omar Defeo, Charles H Peterson, A/Prof Mike Weston, Brooke Maslo, Andrew D Olds, Felicita Scapini, Ronel Nel, Linda Harris, Lucrezi J Serena, Mariano Lastra, Chantal M. Huijbers, Rod M Connolly

(2014), Vol. 144, pp. 322-335, Journal of environmental management, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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The influence of cover on nesting Red-capped Plovers: a trade-off between thermoregulation and predation risk?

Miss Stephanie Lomas, Dr Desley Whisson, Dr Grainne Maguire, Miss Laura Tan, Patrick-Jean Guay, A/Prof Mike Weston

(2014), Vol. 131, pp. 115-127, The Victorian naturalist, Blackburn, Vic, C1

journal

Sex-specific dive characteristics in a sexually size dimorphic duck

Sylvia Osterrieder, A/Prof Mike Weston, Randall W. Robinson, P. -J. Guay

(2014), Vol. 64, pp. 126-131, Wildfowl, Slimbridge, England, C1

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Sex bias in captured little ravens corvus mellori varies with entry aperture size in a modified australian crow trap

Kelly Shannon, A/Prof Mike Weston, Dr Desley Whisson

(2014), Vol. 38, pp. 22-23, Corella, Penrith, N. S. W., C1

journal

Weeds and wildlife: perceptions and practices of weed managers

Dr Emma Carlos, A/Prof Mike Weston

(2014), Vol. 12, pp. 54-64, Conservation and society, Mumbai, India, C1

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Cover, dog

A/Prof Mike Weston

(2014), Dordrecht , Germany, J2

works

Prolonged and flexible primary moult overlaps extensively with breeding in beach-nesting Hooded Plovers Thinornis rubricollis

Ken G Rogers, Danny I. Rogers, A/Prof Mike Weston

(2014), Vol. 156, pp. 840-849, Ibis, England, London, C1

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Cover, car

A/Prof Mike Weston

(2014), Berlin, Germany, J2

works

Stakeholder knowledge of threatened coastal species; the case of beach-goers and the Hooded Plover Thinornis rubricollis

Dr Grainne Maguire, James Rimmer, A/Prof Mike Weston

(2014), Vol. 19, pp. 73-77, Journal of Coastal Conservation, Dordrecht, C1

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Bark in the park: a review of domestic dogs in parks

A/Prof Mike Weston, Dr James Fitzsimons, A/Prof Geoffrey Wescott, Dr Kelly Miller, Mr Kasun Ekanayake, Mr Thomas Schneider

(2014), Vol. 54, pp. 373-382, Environmental management, New York, NY, C1

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2013

Brains and bravery: little evidence of a relationship between brain size and flightiness in shorebirds

P. -J. Guay, A/Prof Mike Weston, Dr Matthew Symonds, Ms Hayley Glover

(2013), Vol. 38, pp. 516-522, Austral ecology, Richmond, Vic., C1

journal

Human recreation alters behaviour profiles of non-breeding birds on open-coast sandy shores

Thomas A Schlacher, Tara Nielsen, A/Prof Mike Weston

(2013), Vol. 118, pp. 31-42, Estuarine, coastal and shelf science, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Distance from water, sex and approach direction influence flight distances among habituated black swans

P. -J. Guay, Rachael D. A. Lorenz, Randall W. Robinson, Dr Matthew Symonds, A/Prof Mike Weston

(2013), Vol. 119, pp. 552-558, Ethology, Weinheim, Germany, C1

journal

Perceptions of effectiveness and preferences for design and position of signage on Victorian beaches for the management of Hooded Plovers Thinornis rubricollis

James Rimmer, Dr Grainne Maguire, A/Prof Mike Weston

(2013), Vol. 130, pp. 75-80, Victorian naturalist, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal

Observer effects occur when estimating alert but not flight-initiation distances

P. -J. Guay, E M McLeod, R Cross, A J Formby, S P Maldonado, R E Stafford-Bell, Z N St.James-Turner, Randall W. Robinson, R A Mulder, A/Prof Mike Weston

(2013), Vol. 40, pp. 289-293, Wildlife research, Melbourne, Vic., C1

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Swooping in the suburbs : parental defence of an abundant aggressive urban bird against humans

Mr Daniel Lees, Dr Craig Sherman, Dr Grainne Maguire, Dr Peter Dann, Dr Adam Cardilini, A/Prof Mike Weston

(2013), Vol. 3, pp. 754-766, Animals, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal

Urbanisation alters processing of marine carrion on sandy beaches

Chantal M. Huijbers, Thomas A Schlacher, Dave S. Schoeman, A/Prof Mike Weston, Rod M Connolly

(2013), Vol. 119, pp. 1-8, Landscape and urban planning, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Setback distances as a conservation tool in wildlife-human interactions : testing their efficacy for birds affected by vehicles on open-coast sandy beaches

Thomas A Schlacher, A/Prof Mike Weston, David Lynn, Rod M Connolly

(2013), Vol. 8, pp. 1-15, PLoS ONE, San Francisco, Calif., C1

journal

Surviving in sprawling suburbs : suburban environments represent high quality breeding habitat for a widespread shorebird

Dr Adam Cardilini, A/Prof Mike Weston, Dr Dale Nimmo, Dr Peter Dann, Dr Craig Sherman

(2013), Vol. 115, pp. 72-80, Landscape and urban planning, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Stakeholder perceptions of threatened species and their management on urban beaches

Dr Grainne Maguire, James Rimmer, A/Prof Mike Weston

(2013), Vol. 3, pp. 1002-1020, Animals, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal

Buses, cars, bicycles and walkers the influence of the type of human transport on the flight responses of waterbirds

Emily R. McLeod, P. -J. Guay, Alice Jo Taysom, Randall W. Robinson, A/Prof Mike Weston

(2013), Vol. 8, pp. 1-11, PLoS ONE, San Francisco, Calif., C1

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2012

Little Ravens 'Corvus mellori' hunt, kill and eat individuals of two species of shorebird

Dr Adam Cardilini, Mr Kasun Bandara Ekanayake, A/Prof Mike Weston

(2012), Vol. 129, pp. 22-24, Victorian naturalist, Blackburn, Vic., C1

journal

Hope for resurrecting a functionally extinct parrot or squandered social capital? Landholder attitudes towards the Orange-bellied Parrot (Neophema chrysogaster) in Victoria, Australia

A/Prof Mike Weston, Dr Kelly Miller, Dr Justin Lawson, Glenn Ehmke

(2012), Vol. 10, pp. 381-385, Conservation and society, Mumbai, India, C1

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A review of flight-initiation distances and their application to managing disturbance to Australian birds

A/Prof Mike Weston, Emily R. McLeod, D. T. Blumstein, P. -J. Guay

(2012), Vol. 112, pp. 269-286, Emu, Melbourne, Vic., C1

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Establishment and development of a seabird colony : long-term trends in phenology, breeding success, recruitment, breeding density and demography

Ms Tanya Pyk, A/Prof Mike Weston, Dr Ashley Bunce, Dr F.I Norman

(2012), Vol. 154, pp. 299-310, Journal of ornithology, Heidelberg, Germany, C1

journal

Do temporary beach closures assist in the conservation of breeding shorebirds on recreational beaches?

A/Prof Mike Weston, Fiona Dodge, Dr Ashley Bunce, Dr Dale Nimmo, Dr Kelly Miller

(2012), Vol. 18, pp. 47-55, Pacific conservation biology, Baulkham Hills, N. S. W., C1

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2011

Towards ecologically meaningful and socially acceptable buffers : response distances of shorebirds in Victoria, Australia, to human disturbance

Ms Hayley Glover, A/Prof Mike Weston, Dr Grainne Maguire, Dr Kelly Miller, Dr Belinda Christie

(2011), Vol. 103, pp. 326-334, Landscape and urban planning, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1

journal

Conflict between genetic and phenotypic differentiation : the evolutionary history of a ‘lost and rediscovered’ shorebird

Frank E. Rheindt, Tamas Szekely, Scott V. Edwards, Dr Patricia Lee, Terry Burke, Peter R. Kennerley, David N. Bakewell, Monif Alrashidi, Andras Kosztolanyi, A/Prof Mike Weston, Wei-Ting Liu, Wei-Pan Lei, Yoshimitsu Shigeta, Salim Javed, Sama Zefania, Clemens Kupper

(2011), Vol. 6, pp. 1-9, PLoS ONE, San Francisco, Ca., C1

journal

Being beside the seaside : Beach use and preferences among coastal residents of south-eastern Australia

Dr Grainne Maguire, Dr Kelly Miller, A/Prof Mike Weston, Kirsten Young

(2011), Vol. 54, pp. 781-788, Ocean and Coastal Management, United States, C1

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Nest return times in response to static versus mobile human disturbance

A/Prof Mike Weston, Glenn Ehmke, Dr Grainne Maguire

(2011), Vol. 75, pp. 252-255, Journal of wildlife management, Hoboken, N.J., C1

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Provision of artificial shelter on beaches is associated with improved shorebird fledging success

Dr Grainne Maguire, Mr Andrew Duivenvoorden, A/Prof Mike Weston, Dr Robyn Adams

(2011), Vol. 21, pp. 172-185, Bird conservation international, Cambridge, England, C1

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Aggressive behaviour of red-capped plovers charadrius ruficapillus towards the eastern blue-tongue lizard tiliqua scincoides scincoides

Mr Kasun Bandara Ekanayake, A/Prof Mike Weston

(2011), Vol. 118, pp. 191-192, Wader study group bulletin, Norfolk, England, C1

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2010

Identification of significant shorebird areas : thresholds and criteria

R. S. Clemens, A/Prof Mike Weston, Miss Angie Haslem, Andrew Silcocks, J. Ferris

(2010), Vol. 16, pp. 229-242, Diversity and distribution, Oxford, England, C1

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2009

Sand pads : a promising technique to quantify human visitation into nature conservation areas

A/Prof Mike Weston, Dr Mark Antos, Chris L. Tzaros

(2009), Vol. 89, pp. 98-104, Landscape and urban planning, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1

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Manage one beach or two? Movements and space-use of the threatened hooded plover (Thinornis rubricollis) in south-eastern Australia

A/Prof Mike Weston, Glenn Ehmke, Dr Grainne Maguire

(2009), Vol. 36, pp. 289-298, Wildlife research, Collingwood, Vic., C1

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Attempted incubation and nest-maintenance behaviour of artificially deployed quail egg clutches by Hooded Plovers Thinornis rubricollis

Dejan Stojanovic, Dr Grainne Maguire, A/Prof Mike Weston, Chris Dickman, Mathew S. Crowther

(2009), Vol. 116, pp. 41-43, International wader studies / Wader Study Group Bulletin, Norfolk, England, C1

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Conditioned taste aversion reduces fox depredation on model eggs on beaches

Dr Grainne Maguire, Dejan Stojanovic, A/Prof Mike Weston

(2009), Vol. 36, pp. 702-708, Wildlife research, Collingwood, Vic., C1

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Birds, buffers and bicycles : a review and case study of wetland buffers

A/Prof Mike Weston, Dr Mark Antos, Ms Hayley Glover

(2009), Vol. 126, pp. 79-86, Victorian naturalist, Melbourne, Vic., C1

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Forensic fibre analysis to determine the origins of leg-entangling threads on shorebirds : a case study

A/Prof Mike Weston, Dr Xin Liu, Dr Takuya Tsuzuki, Jon Fallaw, Dr Peter Dann

(2009), Vol. 116, pp. 46-48, Wader study group bulletin, Beaumaris, Vic., C1

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Towards a set of priorities for bird conservation and research in Australia : the perceptions of ornithologists

Dr Kelly Miller, A/Prof Mike Weston

(2009), Vol. 109, pp. 67-74, Emu, Collingwood, Vic., C1

journal

Birds and beaches, dogs and leashes : dog owners' sense of obligation to leash dogs on beaches in Victoria, Australia

Kathryn J.H. Williams, A/Prof Mike Weston, Stacey Henry, Dr Grainne Maguire

(2009), Vol. 14, pp. 89-101, Human dimensions of wildlife, Philadelphia, Pa., C1

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2008

A review of terrestrial bird atlases of the world and their application

Andrew M. Dunn, A/Prof Mike Weston

(2008), Vol. 108, pp. 42-67, Emu, Collingwood, Vic., C1

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Can oiled shorebirds and their nests and eggs be successfully rehabilitated? A case study involving the threatened Hooded plover Thinornis rubricollis in South-eastern Australia

A/Prof Mike Weston, Dr Peter Dann, Ros Jessop, Jon Fallaw, Richard Dakin, David Ball

(2008), Vol. 31, pp. 127-132, Waterbirds, Waco, Tex., C1

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Spatial and temporal variation in the breeding of Masked Lapwings (Vanellus miles) in Australia

Dr Lynda Chambers, Ms Heather Gibbs, A/Prof Mike Weston, Glenn Ehmke

(2008), Vol. 108, pp. 115-124, Emu, Collingwood, Vic., C1

journal

Sustainability of a long-term volunteer-based bird monitoring program : recruitment, retention and attrition

Ilene Wolcott, Dean Ingwersen, A/Prof Mike Weston, Chris L. Tzaros

(2008), Vol. 13, pp. 48-53, Australian journal on volunteering, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal
2007

Comparison of atlas data to determine the conservation Status of bird species in New South Wales, with an emphasis on woodland-dependent species

Dr Geoff Barrett, Andrew Silcocks, Ross B. Cunningham, D.L Oliver, A/Prof Mike Weston, Dr Jack Baker

(2007), Vol. 34, pp. 37-77, Australian zoologist, Mosman, N.S.W, C1

journal

The foraging and diet of non-breeding hooded plovers thinornis rubricollis in relation to habitat type

A/Prof Mike Weston

(2007), Vol. 90, pp. 89-95, Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia, Perth, W.A., C1

journal

Responses of incubating hooded plovers (Thinornis rubricollis) to disturbance

A/Prof Mike Weston, Mark A Elgar

(2007), Vol. 23, pp. 569-576, Journal of coastal research, Coconut Creek, FL, C1-1

journal

Unauthorised human use of an urban coastal wetland sanctuary: current and future patterns

Dr Mark Antos, Glenn Ehmke, Christopher Tzaros, A/Prof Mike Weston

(2007), Vol. 80, pp. 173-183, Landscape and urban planning, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1-1

journal
2006

Factors influencing awareness of community-based shorebird conservation projects in Australia

Dr Mark Antos, A/Prof Mike Weston, Bianca Priest

(2006), Vol. 5, pp. 63-72, Applied environmental education & communication, Abingdon, England, C1

journal

Grants

Other Public Sector Funding

Indicators for monitoring the effectiveness of fox control

A/Prof Mike Weston

  • 2009: $3,100

Western Port Welcomes Waterbirds - social research project

Dr Kelly Miller, A/Prof Mike Weston

  • 2010: $32,000

Understanding the impacts of koala-related tree defoliation on bird and mammal communities

Dr Desley Whisson, A/Prof Mike Weston, Amanda Orlowski

  • 2010: $1,500

Little Raven (Corvus mellori) as an egg predator of other bird species

A/Prof Mike Weston, Mr Kasun Ekanayake

  • 2013: $5,000
  • 2012: $30,000

Hooded Plover conservation - weed removal

A/Prof Mike Weston, Dr Grainne Maguire

  • 2014: $19,300

Little Raven (Corvus mellori) as an egg predator of other bird species

A/Prof Mike Weston, Mr Kasun Ekanayake

  • 2015: $1,990

Adaptive predator management to protect ecotourism of an iconic species

A/Prof Mike Weston, Miss Laura Xin Lu Tan

  • 2016: $1,818

Industry and Other Funding

Nesting success and causes of nest failure among Australia's resident shorebirds.

A/Prof Mike Weston

  • 2010: $5,000

Hooded plover habitat mapping

A/Prof Mike Weston, A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou

  • 2010: $13,920

Attitudes and understanding towards Orange-bellied Parrot conservation in the Corangamite Catchment

Dr Kelly Miller, A/Prof Mike Weston

  • 2009: $15,500

Nest predation and genetic sampling of shore birds

A/Prof Mike Weston

  • 2009: $6,000

The habitat value of weeds for wildlife and implications for bird conservation and management

Dr Maria Gibson, A/Prof Mike Weston, Dr Emma Carlos

  • 2009: $1,000

Nesting success and causes of nest failure among Australia's resident shorebirds

A/Prof Mike Weston

  • 2009: $1,500

The habitat value of weeds for wildlife: implications for weed management

Dr Maria Gibson, A/Prof Mike Weston, Dr Emma Carlos

  • 2010: $7,500
  • 2008: $4,000

Breeding biology, mating system and parental care among Red-capped Plovers

A/Prof Mike Weston

  • 2008: $3,000

Conserving Australia's resident shorebirds

A/Prof Mike Weston

  • 2012: $9,500
  • 2010: $16,500

The influence of koala-related tree defoliation on woodland bird and ground dwelling mammal assemblages.

A/Prof Mike Weston, Dr Desley Whisson, Amanda Orlowski

  • 2010: $1,650

Differential costs and benefits to males and females of incubation in the Red-capped Plover.

A/Prof Mike Weston

  • 2010: $1,500

Foraging ecology and the impacts of spatially and temporally dynamic resources of a beach-dwelling shorebird

A/Prof Mike Weston, Miss Natalie Sheppard

  • 2012: $5,200
  • 2011: $5,500

Hooded plover nest fate and conditioned aversion project

A/Prof Mike Weston

  • 2011: $36,000

Hooded plover nest fate

A/Prof Mike Weston

  • 2012: $909

Funding for research projects and subsequent write up

A/Prof Mike Weston

  • 2013: $500
  • 2012: $28,200

Can nest cages rescue Red-capped Plover reproductive success?

A/Prof Mike Weston, Miss Laura Xin Lu Tan

  • 2012: $2,000

Little Raven (Corvus mellori) as an egg predator of other bird species

A/Prof Mike Weston, Mr Kasun Ekanayake

  • 2014: $7,500
  • 2013: $7,500
  • 2012: $7,500

Funding for lapwing projects and subsequent write up

Dr Craig Sherman, A/Prof Mike Weston

  • 2012: $2,000

Funding for shorebird projects and subsequent write up - Masked Lapwings, Hooded Plovers and their predators and threats, including Magpies and vehicles on beaches.

A/Prof Mike Weston

  • 2014: $800
  • 2013: $16,750

Brood sex ratio in the Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus), Hooded Plover (Thinornis rubricollis) and Masked Lapwing (Vaneullus miles)

A/Prof Mike Weston, Mr Daniel Lees

  • 2015: $1,000
  • 2014: $1,500

Brood Sex Ratio in the Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus), Hooded Plover (Thinornis rubricollis) and Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles)

A/Prof Mike Weston, Dr Craig Sherman, Mr Daniel Lees

  • 2016: $6,500
  • 2015: $6,500
  • 2014: $6,500

Projects involving the Manningham Local Government Area (LGA)

A/Prof Mike Weston

  • 2016: $5,000
  • 2015: $5,000
  • 2014: $5,000

Dune vegetation change and hooded plover habitat monitoring coastal ecology drones

A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou, A/Prof Mike Weston, Dr Alexandre Schimel, Dr Ty Matthews

  • 2015: $2,545
  • 2014: $2,545

Sex-ratio in shorebirds

A/Prof Mike Weston, Dr Craig Sherman, Mr Daniel Lees

  • 2015: $1,500

The role of auditory cues in the risk of egg depredation of shorebirds

A/Prof Mike Weston

  • 2015: $2,200

A CITIZEN SCIENCE SURVEY OF BIRD FEEDING IN AUSTRALIA

Dr Grainne Cleary, Dr Kelly Miller, A/Prof Mike Weston

  • 2016: $20,000
  • 2015: $20,000

Adaptive predator management to protect ecotourism of an iconic species

A/Prof Mike Weston, Miss Laura Xin Lu Tan

  • 2016: $1,000

Adaptive predator management to protect ecotourism of an iconic species

A/Prof Mike Weston, Miss Laura Xin Lu Tan

  • 2016: $7,000

Hooded Plover (Thinornis rubricollis): radio-tracking of chicks

A/Prof Mike Weston

  • 2016: $10,000

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2016

Kasun Bandara Ekanayake

Thesis entitled: Little Raven (Corvus mellori) as an Egg Predator of Other Bird Species

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

2013

Tanya Pyk

Thesis entitled: Longitudinal trends, individual quality, and foraging of a temperate seabird

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Associate Supervisor
2016

Beth Volpov

Thesis entitled: Physiological and behavioural factors influencing foraging success in otariid seals

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

2015

Maude Berlincourt

Thesis entitled: Foraging strategies and reproductive success in two sympatric seabird species: influence of environmental variability

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

2013

Emma Carlos

Thesis entitled: The value of weeds for wildlife and implications for management

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences