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A/Prof. 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

Qualifications

Bachelor of Science, University of Melbourne, 1991
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 2000
Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2009

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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2017

Avian responses to an emergent, wetland weed

E Carlos, M Weston, M Gibson

(2017), Vol. 42, pp. 277-287, Austral ecology : a journal of ecology in the Southern Hemisphere, London, Eng., C1

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Joggers cause greater avian disturbance than walkers

H Lethlean, W Van Dongen, K Kostoglou, P Guay, M Weston

(2017), Vol. 159, pp. 42-47, Landscape and urban planning, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Parental cooperation in a changing climate: fluctuating environments predict shifts in care division

O Vincze, A Kosztolányi, Z Barta, C Küpper, M Alrashidi, J Amat, A Argüelles Ticó, F Burns, J Cavitt, W Conway, M Cruz-López, A Desucre-Medrano, N dos Remedios, J Figuerola, D Galindo-Espinosa, G García-Peña, S Gómez Del Angel, C Gratto-Trevor, P Jönsson, P Lloyd, T Montalvo, J Parra, R Pruner, P Que, Y Liu, S Saalfeld, R Schulz, L Serra, J St Clair, L Stenzel, M Weston, M Yasué, S Zefania, T Székely

(2017), Vol. 26, pp. 347-358, Global ecology and biogeography, Chichester, Eng., C1

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Bill size mediates behavioural thermoregulation in birds

J Ryeland, M Weston, M Symonds

(2017), Vol. 31, pp. 885-893, Functional ecology, London, Eng., C1

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A comparison of the effectiveness and time efficiency of traditional and photographic environmental monitoring techniques

W van Dongen, R San Martin, P-J Guay, M Weston

(2017), Vol. 193, pp. 64-69, Journal of environmental management, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Variation in public perceptions and attitudes towards terrestrial ecosystems

H Kiley, G Ainsworth, W van Dongen, M Weston

(2017), Vol. 590-591, pp. 440-451, Science of the total environment, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Measurement techniques for curved shorebird bills: a comparison of low-tech and high-tech methods

J Ryeland, M Symonds, M Weston

(2017), Vol. 124, pp. 33-39, Wader study, [Devon, Eng.], C1

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Algal subsidies enhance invertebrate prey for threatened shorebirds: a novel conservation tool on ocean beaches?

T Schlacher, B Hutton, B Gilby, N Porch, G Maguire, B Maslo, R Connolly, A Olds, M Weston

(2017), Vol. 191, pp. 28-38, Estuarine, coastal and shelf science, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Implications of radio-tracking for the survival of Masked Lapwing chicks

D Lees, C Sherman, G Maguire, P Dann, M Weston

(2017), Vol. 41, pp. 37-41, Corella, C1

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Acoustic cues from within the egg do not heighten depredation risk to shorebird clutches

K Kostoglou, W Van Dongen, D Lees, G Maguire, M Weston

(2017), Vol. 28, pp. 811-817, Behavioral ecology, Oxford, Eng., C1

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High fidelity: extra-pair fertilisations in eight Charadrius plover species are not associated with parental relatedness or social mating system

K Maher, L Eberhart-Phillips, A Kosztolányi, N Remedios, M Carmona-Isunza, M Cruz-López, S Zefania, J St Clair, M Alrashidi, M Weston, M Serrano-Meneses, O Krüger, J Hoffman, T Székely, T Burke, C Küpper

(2017), Vol. 48, pp. 910-920, Journal of avian biology, Chichester, Eng., C1

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Ecological research questions to inform policy and the management of sandy beaches

A Jones, T Schlacher, D Schoeman, M Weston, G Withycombe

(2017), Vol. 148, pp. 158-163, Ocean and coastal management, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Birdwatchers evoke longer escape distances than pedestrians in some African birds

A Radkovic, W Van Dongen, L Kirao, P Guay, M Weston

(2017), pp. 1-7, Journal of ecotourism, Abingdon, Eng., C1

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A citizen-trapper effort to control Common Myna: trap success, specificity and preferred bait type

G Linley, D Paton, M Weston

(2017), Vol. 18, pp. 249-252, Ecological management and restoration, Chichester, Eng., C1

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2016

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

A Møller, D Samia, M Weston, P Guay, D Blumstein

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

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

G Ainsworth, H Aslin, M Weston, S Garnett

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

journal

Long incubation bouts and biparental incubation in the nomadic Banded Stilt

R Pedler, M Weston, A Bennett

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

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

T Schlacher, S Lucrezi, R Connolly, C Peterson, B Gilby, B Maslo, A Olds, S Walker, J Leon, C Huijbers, M Weston, A Turra, G Hyndes, R Holt, D Schoeman

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

D Roche, A Cardilini, D Lees, G Maguire, P Dann, C Sherman, M Weston

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

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

G Cleary, H Parsons, A Davis, B Coleman, D Jones, K Miller, M Weston

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

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

P Guay, W van Dongen, R Robinson, D Blumstein, M Weston

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

journal

Continental-scale decreases in shorebird populations in Australia

R Clemens, D Rogers, B Hansen, K Gosbell, C Minton, P Straw, M Bamford, E Woehler, D Milton, M Weston, B Venables, D Weller, C Hassell, B Rutherford, K Onton, A Herrod, C Studds, C-Y Choi, K Dhanjal-Adams, N Murray, G Skilleter, R Fuller

(2016), pp. 1-17, Emu, Melbourne, Vic., C1

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

D Roche, D Lees, A Cardilini, G Maguire, P Dann, M 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

T Schlacher, S Lucrezi, C Peterson, R Connolly, A Olds, F Althaus, G Hyndes, B Maslo, B Gilby, J Leon, M Weston, M Lastra, A Williams, D Schoeman

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

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

G Ainsworth, H Aslin, M Weston, S Garnett

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

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The early shorebird will catch fewer invertebrates on trampled sandy beaches

T Schlacher, L Carracher, N Porch, R Connolly, A Olds, B Gilby, K Ekanayake, B Maslo, M Weston

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

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

N Sheppard, M Weston, S Butler, B Baird, P Dann

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

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

B Maslo, T Schlacher, M Weston, C Huijbers, C Anderson, B Gilby, A Olds, R Connelly, D Schoeman

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

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

G Ehmke, G Maguire, T Bird, D Ierodiaconou, M Weston

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

journal

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

M Symonds, M Weston, W Van Dongen, A Lill, R Robinson, P Guay

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

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

B Maslo, K Leu, C Faillace, M Weston, T Pover, T Schlacher

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

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2015

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

E Dear, P-J Guay, R Robinson, M Weston

(2015), Vol. 23, pp. 215-318, Wetlands ecology and management, Berlin, Germany, C1

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

T Schlacher, M Weston, D Lynn, D Schoeman, C Huijbers, A Olds, S Masters, R Connolly

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

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

C Huijbers, T Schlacher, D Schoeman, A Olds, M Weston, R Connolly

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

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Golden opportunities: a horizon scan to expand sandy beach ecology

T Schlacher, M Weston, D Schoeman, A Olds, C Huijbers, R Connolly

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

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

H Glover, P-J Guay, M 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

L Tan, K Buchanan, G Maguire, M Weston

(2015), Vol. 46, pp. 482-488, Journal of avian biology, Chichester, 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, D Schoeman, T Schlacher, A Wardell-Johnson, M Weston, Y Shimizu, G Conroy

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

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

W Van Dongen, E McLeod, R Mulder, M Weston, P Guay

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

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

K Ekanayake, M Weston, D Nimmo, G Maguire, J Endler, C Küpper

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

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

K Miller, V Blaszczynski, M Weston

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

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Do birdwatchers care about bird disturbance?

M Weston, P-J Guay, E McLeod, K Miller

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

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

A Cuttriss, G Maguire, G Ehmke, M Weston

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

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Corvids congregate to breeding colonies of a burrow-nesting seabird

K Ekanayake, M Weston, P Dann, D 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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Invasive carnivores alter ecological function and enhance complementarity in scavenger assemblages on ocean beaches

M Brown, T Schlacher, D Schoeman, M Weston, C Huijbers, A Olds, R Connolly

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

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

D Whisson, M Weston, K Shannon

(2015), Vol. 42, pp. 500-508, 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

K Ekanayake, D Sutherland, P Dann, M Weston

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

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

K Ekanayake, D Whisson, L Tan, M Weston

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

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

S Garnett, D Duursma, G Ehmke, P Guay, A Stewart, J Szabo, M Weston, S Bennett, G Crowley, D Drynan, G Dutson, K Fitzherbert, D Franklin

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

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

C Huijbers, T Schlacher, R Mcveigh, D Schoeman, A Olds, M Brown, K Ekanayake, M Weston, R Connolly

(2015), pp. 1-8, Functional ecology, London, Eng., C1

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

W van Dongen, R Robinson, M Weston, R Mulder, P Guay

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

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

A Cardilini, M Weston, P Dann, C Sherman

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

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2014

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

M Yarwood, M Weston, S Garnet

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

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Dogs as agents of disturbance

M Weston, T Stankowich

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

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Human dimensions of dog-wildlife interactions

K Miller, E Ritchie, M Weston

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

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

M Weston, T Schlacher, D Lynn

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

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

M Symonds, M Weston, R Robinson, P Guay

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

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Open-coast sandy beaches and coastal dunes

T Schlacher, A Jones, J Dugan, M Weston, L Harris, D Schoeman, D Hubbard, F Scapini, R Nel, M Lastra, A McLachlan, C Peterson

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

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

K Shannon, M Weston, D Whisson

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

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Weeds and wildlife: perceptions and practices of weed managers

E Carlos, M Gibson, M Weston

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

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

T Schlacher, D Schoeman, A Jones, J Dugan, D Hubbard, O Defeo, C Peterson, M Weston, B Maslo, A Olds, F Scapini, R Nel, L Harris, S Lucrezi, M Lastra, C Huijbers, R Connolly

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

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

A Møller, D Samia, M Weston, P Guay, D Blumstein

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

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

K Rogers, D Rogers, M Weston

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

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

M Weston, J Fitzsimons, G Wescott, K Miller, K Ekanayake, T Schneider

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

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

Lomas, Stephanie, Whisson, Desley, Maguire, Grainne, Tan, laura, Guay, Patrick-Jean, M Weston

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

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

Guay, Patrick, McLeod, Emily, Taysom, Alice, Weston, MA

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

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Cover, dog

Weston, Michael

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Cover, car

Weston, MA

(2014), Berlin, Germany, J2

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Sex-specific dive characteristics in a sexually size dimorphic duck

S Osterrieder, M Weston, R Robinson, P Guay

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

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

G Maguire, J Rimmer, M Weston

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

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2013

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

P Guay, M Weston, M Symonds, H Glover

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

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

T Schlacher, T Nielsen, M Weston

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

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

P Guay, R Lorenz, R Robinson, M Symonds, M Weston

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

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

P Guay, E McLeod, R Cross, A Formby, S Maldonado, R Stafford-Bell, Z St-James-Turner, R Robinson, R Mulder, M Weston

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

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

J Rimmer, G Maguire, M Weston

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

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

A Cardilini, M Weston, D Nimmo, P Dann, C Sherman

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

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

D Lees, C Sherman, G Maguire, P Dann, A Cardilini, M Weston

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

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Urbanisation alters processing of marine carrion on sandy beaches

C Huijbers, T Schlacher, D Schoeman, M Weston, R Connolly

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

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

T Schlacher, M Weston, D Lynn, R Connolly

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

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Stakeholder perceptions of threatened species and their management on urban beaches

G Maguire, J Rimmer, M Weston

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

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

E McLeod, P Guay, A Taysom, R Robinson, M 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

A Cardilini, K Ekanayake, M Weston

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

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

M Weston, F Dodge, A Bunce, D Nimmo, K Miller

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

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

T Pyk, M Weston, A Bunce, F Norman

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

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

M Weston, K Miller, J Lawson, G 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

M Weston, E McLeod, D Blumstein, P Guay

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

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2011

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

G Maguire, A Duivenvoorden, M Weston, R Adams

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

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

G Maguire, K Miller, M Weston, K 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

M Weston, G Ehmke, G Maguire

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

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

H Glover, M Weston, G Maguire, K Miller, B Christie

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

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

F Rheindt, T Szekely, S Edwards, P Lee, T Burke, P Kennerley, D Bakewell, M Alrashidi, A Kosztolányi, M Weston, W Liu, W Lei, Y Shigeta, S Javed, S Zefania, C Küpper

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

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

K Ekanayake, M 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 Clemens, M Weston, A Haslem, A Silcocks, J Ferris

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

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2009

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

M Weston, M Antos, H 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

M Weston, X Liu, T Tsuzuki, J Fallaw, P 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

K Miller, M Weston

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

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

K Williams, M Weston, S Henry, G Maguire

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

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

M Weston, M Antos, C 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

M Weston, G Ehmke, G Maguire

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

journal

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

D Stojanovic, G Maguire, M Weston, C Dickman, M Crowther

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

journal

Conditioned taste aversion reduces fox depredation on model eggs on beaches

G Maguire, D Stojanovic, M Weston

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

journal
2008

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

I Wolcott, D Ingwersen, M Weston, C Tzaros

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

journal

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

A Dunn, M Weston

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

journal

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

M Weston, P Dann, R Jessop, J Fallaw, R Dakin, D Ball

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

journal

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

L Chambers, H Gibbs, M Weston, G Ehmke

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

journal
2007

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

M Weston

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

journal

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

G Barrett, A Silcocks, R Cunningham, D Oliver, M Weston, J Baker

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

journal

Responses of incubating hooded plovers (Thinornis rubricollis) to disturbance

M Weston, M 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

M Antos, G Ehmke, C Tzaros, M 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

M Antos, M Weston, B Priest

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

journal
2005

Disturbance to brood-rearing hooded plover Thinornis rubricollis: responses and consequences

M Weston, M Elgar

(2005), Vol. 15, pp. 193-209, Bird conservation international, Cambridge, Eng., C1-1

journal

Parental care in hooded plovers (Thinornis rubricollis)

M Weston, M Elgar

(2005), Vol. 105, pp. 283-292, Emu, Clayton, Vic., C1-1

journal

Climate change and its impact on Australia's avifauna

L Chambers, L Hughes, M Weston

(2005), Vol. 105, pp. 1-20, Emu, Clayton, Vic., C1-1

journal
2003

A male-biased sex-ratio in non-breeding hooded plovers on a salt-lake in Western Australia

M Weston, F Kraaijeveld-Smit, R McIntosh, G Sofronidis, M Elgar

(2003), Vol. 9, pp. 273-277, Pacific conservation biology, Clayton, Vic., C1-1

journal

Volunteers in bird conservation: insights from the Australian Threatened Bird Network

M Weston, M Fendley, R Jewell, M Satchell, C Tzaros

(2003), Vol. 4, pp. 205-211, Ecological management and restoration, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal
2000

The effect of a major rainfall event on Hooded Plovers on a salt-lake in Western Australia

M Weston, M Elgar

(2000), Vol. 100, pp. 64-69, Emu, Collingwood, Vic., C1-1

journal
1999

Managing a breeding population of the hooded plover Thinornis rubricollis in a high-use recreational environment

B Dowling, M Weston

(1999), Vol. 9, pp. 255-270, Bird conservation international, Cambridge, Eng., C1-1

journal

Funded Projects at Deakin

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

A/Prof Mike Weston, Dr Craig Sherman

  • 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

  • 2017: $5,000
  • 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

Flight-initiation Distances of the world¿s birds

A/Prof Mike Weston

  • 2017: $2,657

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